Expert Eye Exams by Your Washington, DC, Specialists
Contact lenses are a very popular, convenient and comfortable form of vision correction. They give crisp vision and a wide peripheral view – without the bother of wearing eyeglasses on your face. However, in order to make sure that your contact lenses fit perfectly and preserve the lasting health of your eyes, you need to visit our office for a contact lenses eye exam and fitting. Contacts are not one-size-fits-all, and only a qualified eye doctor can determine the right lens powers, size, and type for your eyes. To benefit from all that contacts have to offer, schedule your eye exam in Washington, DC,
Contact Lenses Eye Exam
When our eye doctor checks your eyes to fit contact lenses in Washington, DC, the eye exam consists of much more than basic vision testing. We will use advanced technology and diagnostics to perform your eye exam, along with personalized attention to address your unique visual issues.
In addition to figuring out your vision prescription (which is usually different from your glasses prescription), we will also inspect your ocular health to detect or rule out any pre-existing conditions, such as dry eyes, a common condition. To diagnose dry eye syndrome, we may perform a tear film evaluation. To do this, your eye doctor will put a drop of liquid dye on your eye and then inspect your tears closely with a slit lamp or place a special strip of paper under your eyelid to absorb the tears. If your tear film is not strong enough, we may recommend specialty contact lenses that keep eyes more lubricated.
The next step of your Washington, DC contact lenses eye exam is to measure your eyes precisely. We will use a keratometer to check for any corneal variations or irregularities; this is a quick and painless procedure. Our eye doctor will also evaluate corneal curvature, pupil size, and iris size.
Your detailed contact lenses prescription will include:
- Base curve (lens curvature)
- Lens diameter
- Power of each lens
- Manufacturer and brand-name of lenses
Fitting Your Contact Lenses in Washington, DC
After we complete your eye exam and decide that you are a good candidate for wearing contacts, our eye doctor will ask you to share information about your lifestyle and visual requirements.
We will also explain the advantages and disadvantages of all your contact lenses options in our Washington, DC, office. If you have any questions – please ask them, and we will do our best to answer them fully. We are dedicated to helping you make an informed decision about your eyewear!
To help fit you with the perfect pair of contact lenses, please think about the following issues before your eye exam:
- Do you want to wear lenses on a daily basis, or only for special activities (e.g.: sports) and occasions?
- How often do you want to replace your contacts? Daily or monthly?
- Do you want rigid, gas permeable or soft contacts? Nowadays, soft lenses are more popular, yet hard contacts have particular advantages.
- If you have presbyopia, do you want multifocal lenses?
- Do you want to change the color of your eyes?
Trying On Your Contact Lenses
After your eye exam, it is time to try on some lenses! Trial and error is often the most efficient way to identify which contacts are best for you. We will provide clear instructions on the best way to insert them. Once your contacts are in, we will evaluate how they sit and move on your eyes. Your feedback about how they feel is essential! After a short trial (about 15 minutes), we will be able to issue your prescription if the fit is optimal. Our optometrist will also provide guidelines about how long to wear your contacts, disinfection and storage practices.
Follow-Up Eye Exams in Washington, DC
We strongly encourage all of our patients who wear contacts to visit for regular follow-up eye exams. This is the only way for us to monitor the health and clarity of your vision, as well as check the condition of your contact lenses. If we detect any problems, we may recommend a change in the type of lenses, type of disinfectant, or your wearing schedule.
To get started with wearing contacts lenses in Washington, DC, book an eye exam with our experienced optometrists. We look forward to fitting you with sharp and comfortable vision!