Before a patient can get contact lenses, he or she must first have a contact lens exam. At Crown Point Optometry, our contact lens exams in Hamilton Ontario help us determine whether or not contact lenses will work for your particular diagnosis and what kind of contact lenses are best for your eyes.
Difference Between A Regular Eye Exam and a Contact Lens Exam
Patients who come in for corrective lenses are first given a comprehensive eye exam to determine the degree of refractive error. This exam also reveals the patient's overall eye health, whether or not the patient has any eye diseases and whether or not the eye is functioning properly.
Patients who go on to ask for contact lenses are often surprised to find out that they must undergo a second examination. During the contact lens exam, the doctor checks for proper tear production measures the surface of the eye and fits the eye for contact lenses.
Benefits of Contact Lenses
There are many reasons that patients choose to wear contacts over traditional glasses.
Contact lenses won't fog up in cold weather.
Contacts do not distort vision in any way because they sit on the eyeball.
Contacts look great with all outfits.
What To Expect
During the contact lens fitting, the doctor will use a variety of instruments to measure the curve of the eye and the size of the pupil. This process will involve a variety of lights shining in the eye and may also involve looking at the eye through a variety of lenses. These examinations are painless and relatively short.
Types of Contact Lenses
There are several different types of contact lenses. Different types suit different patient preferences. Some types are only suitable for patients with certain conditions. Some of the common types of contact lenses are:
Rigid gas permeable - These contacts are slightly bendable and allow oxygen to pass through them to the eye.
Daily wear soft lenses - Soft lenses are flexible and easy to use.
Hard to fit contacts - Hard to fit contacts are designed for eyes that have specific conditions that make them hard to fit, like dry eyes, keratoconus, and astigmatism.
There are also a variety of contact lens brands that can affect the feel and fit of the contacts. Patients are encouraged to try a variety of different kinds until they find the one that is right for them.
Contact Us For Contact Lens Evaluations and Contact Lens Fitting
At Crown Point Optometry, we're your source for fittings and contact lens exams in Hamilton Ontario. To make an appointment, contact us today at 905-543-1110.