Contact lenses are a great alternative to glasses for a few different reasons. First, contacts provide a more natural look. Second, with contacts, you don’t have to worry about the lenses of the glasses becoming dirty or disrupting your vision. Finally, if you are active with sports, contacts are more convenient. If you are thinking about getting contacts, you will need a contact lens exam. Here at Eyedrop Optique, serving Brooklyn, Clinton Hill, Williamsburg, and the surrounding areas of New York, our optometry professional is happy to help you transition from glasses to contacts, and make sure that you are fit with the right contact lenses.
Your Eye Health
Your optometrist will need to check the health of your eyes before prescribing contacts. Certain conditions of the eye can make it difficult to wear soft lenses. A few examples include keratoconus, astigmatism, dry eye, and giant papillary conjunctivitis. If you have any of these disorders, your eye doctor may prescribe hard-to-fit lenses to aid with your vision.
Your eye doctor will talk with you a bit about your lifestyle. This will give our doctor an idea of which type of lens best suits you. There are plenty of types available such as daily lenses that are thrown away each day and extended wear lenses that are worn for 30-days straight. Your optometrist can help you decide which type of lens would be most convenient for you.
Contact Lens Prescription
Because contact lenses sit directly on your eyes and eyeglasses sit about 15-millimeters away from your eyes, the two prescriptions are not the same. During your contact lens exam, your eye doctor will perform a visual acuity test to determine your prescription.
Everyone's eyes are different, therefore, contacts come in different sizes. During your exam, your optometrist will take measurements to determine the base curve and diameter size of your eyes.
Contact Lens Teaching
Before you can wear contacts, you will need to know how to put them in, remove them, and care for lenses properly. An optician will sit down with you and teach you how to these things before you can wear your trial lenses.
You will wear your trial lenses for a week or two before coming back to our office for a follow-up visit. This will give you a chance to get used to the lenses, make sure that they fit comfortably, and see if the prescription is correct. If everything is fine, your eye doctor will order your supply during your follow-up appointment. If not, they will make the necessary changes.
If you are thinking about getting contacts, our doctor of optometry at Eyedrop Optique can conduct a contact lens exam and provide you the necessary lenses for your eyes. If you live in Clinton Hill, Williamsburg, Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Lower East Side, Financial District, or the surrounding areas of New York, give us a call today at (718)-260-8900 to schedule a contact lens appointment.