If you've just had an eye and vision exam here at Eye Site Vision Center and received a prescription for corrective lenses, you have everything you need to select and order eyeglasses that can provide that correction. But what if you want contacts in addition to (or perhaps instead of) glasses? In that case, you'll need to schedule an additional procedure called a contact lens exam. We're more than happy to provide this important additional set of evaluations for patients in Boca Raton, Lighthouse Point and Coral Springs FL.
A Necessary Follow-up to Your General Vision Exam
Contact lens is very different in their processes and objectives from general eye exams. The comprehensive eye and vision exam you receive on a (hopefully) regular basis include visual acuity testing so we can determine whether you're suffering from refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia or astigmatism. By measuring the degree of visual impairment, we can write a prescription perfectly suited for eyeglasses. Contacts, however, add an additional level of complexity. These devices don't just sit in front of your eyes -- they actually rest directly on them, separated only by a thin layer of tear film. This means that they must fit with absolute precision, without producing irritation or aggravating ocular health issues. Different types of contacts are also optimized for different needs and wear habits.
How Our Eye Doctor Conducts Contact Lens Exams
All of the above factors come into play during your contact lens exam. Our optometrist in Boca Raton, Dr. Goberville, will start by measuring your pupils, irises and other structures at the front of the eye to ensure that your contacts will fit safely and comfortably. Your corneal dimension and curvature will also be measured using a combination of two techniques, keratometry (which provides the general curvature) and corneal mapping (which produces precise data about any irregularities in the corneal contours). Since every eye is unique, we must obtain each eye's individual measurements.
Both your lifestyle and your ocular health will influence what kind of contacts you should order. Our eye doctor will ask you whether you'll want to wear your contacts for days at a time or remove them every night, how willing you are to clean and maintain your contacts, and whether you intend to alternate your contacts with glasses. We also note any eye conditions such as dry eye, giant papillary conjunctivitis, keratoconus, or complex vision issues that may require specialized lenses. All this information enables us to recommend specific options such as:
- Disposable or single-use lenses versus extended-wear lenses
- Soft lenses versus rigid gas permeable lenses
- Scleral lenses (for dry eye or keratoconus) and toric lenses (for astigmatism)
- Multifocal or monovision contact lenses to correct presbyopia
Call Our Optometrists in Any of Our Three Locations!
Eye Site Vision Center is ready to fit you with the perfect contact lenses. Call any of our offices to schedule an appointment!
Coral Spings: (954) 344-3937
Lighthouse Point: (954) 943-3779
Boca Raton: (561) 479-1411