Contact Lens Exam If you wear or want contacts, you need a contact lens exam in addition to a comprehensive eye exam. Your eye doctor will perform special tests during a contact lens exam to evaluate your vision with contacts. A series of additional measurements, including the measurement of the front curvature of your eyes, a tear film evaluation, and the size and type of contact lens best suited for your eye shape will be performed.

With the results of those tests, your eye doctor can provide a contact lens prescription that is the right fit for your eyes. An eyeglass prescription is no substitute for a contact lens exam because the two are very different. The numbers on your contact lens prescription often differ from those on your eyeglasses prescription. An improper fitting or prescription of contacts can damage the health of the eyes. 

Once you have the correct fit and prescription for contacts, you'll need to decide whether you want disposable contacts or extended wear, and if you want your contacts to be colored. Contact lens specialists at The Eye Institute will fit you with a trial pair of contacts. In about seven to 10 days, you'll need a follow-up exam to make sure you have adjusted to your new lenses. 

New contact lens patients are given complete instruction in lens handling, including insertion and removal techniques, and lens care prior to taking diagnostic lenses home.

The Eye Institute offers the following tips for good contact lens practice:
  • Always wash your hands before touching your lenses.
  • Clean, rinse, and disinfect your lenses each time you remove them.
  • Immediately remove your contact lenses if you experience any pain or discomfort.
  • Close contact lens solution bottles after each use to minimize bacteria and contamination.
  • Do not use expired lenses or lens care solutions.
  • Clean your lens case daily with mild soap and hot water and let air dry.
  • Never shower, swim or use hot tub while wearing contact lenses.
  • Never clean your contact lenses with tap water.
  • Never use eye drops or solutions not intended for use with contact lenses.
  • Do not over wear your lenses beyond the period recommended by your eye care professional.
Schedule an appointment at The Eye Institute online or call 215-276-6111.