Eye Exam vs Contact Lens Exam
The comprehensive eye exam is a critical part of maximizing your eye health. Our eye doctors in Toronto provide these along with other vision care services, including contact lens exams. While similar in some respects, these two exams are different, and you very well may need both.
What’s the Difference Between an Eye Exam and a Contact Lens Exam?
During a routine comprehensive eye exam, one of our optometrists will assess the physical and functional aspects of your eyes. He or she will perform tests and measures to check your vision (visual acuity), assess how well your eyes work together, check your inner eye pressure, and screen for early warning signs of eye health disease. If necessary, he or she will also determine the strength of vision correction prescription you may need.
If you choose to wear contact lenses, you’ll need to schedule a contact lens exam in addition to your normally scheduled eye exam. Contact lenses are medical devices that require a prescription from your doctor. It’s extremely important to make sure that your eyes are healthy enough to continue wear of contact lenses. The doctor will decide if the contact lens prescription is accurate for you, as an improper prescription may damage your eyes.
During a contact lens exam, our optometrist will measure the surface of your eye in order to determine the size and type of contacts you need. He or she may also test the quality and amount of tears you have, and ask about any eye health conditions (like allergies) to ensure you can comfortably wear contacts. Once a correct type, fit, and prescription of contact lens has been made, your optometrist will likely request a follow-up visit in about a week to ensure that the contacts are working well for you.
The bottom line is that everyone should get a comprehensive eye exam on an annual or bi-annual basis. For those of us who choose to wear contact lenses, we also need to schedule a contact lens exam, too!
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