If you wear or want contacts you need a contact lens exam in addition to a comprehensive eye exam. That’s because a routine eye exam is not the same as a contact lens exam. Typically a routine eye exam does not include a contact lens fitting, and therefore you will not be given a contact lens prescription at the end of a routine eye exam. So, if you are interested in contacts or you already wear them, make sure you mention that when you schedule your appointment for an eye exam. This will ensure your exam includes extra time to perform additional tests needed for a proper contact lens fitting or prescription update.
Generally, it’s better to have your eye exam and your contact lens exam performed at the same practice. This helps to ensure you are not paying extra for duplicate tests. 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. Whether you wear glasses or contacts, it’s a good idea to get an annual eye exam to see if you have new or existing vision problems, and if you need vision correction.
Contact lenses are a great alternative to wearing eyeglasses. Since contact lenses come in many different designs, as specialists we will create a custom design that offers the best combination of vision, comfort, and eye health. Contact us today at (805) 522-7007 to book an eye exam, or learn more about the types of contacts we carry.