CONTACT LENS EXAM

VS. ROUTINE EYE EXAM

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

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.

The Difference Between a Routine Eye Exam and a Contact Lens Exam

Routine Eye Exam

Contact Lens Exam

  • Obtain your contact lens prescription
  • Measure your eye surface
  • Determine size & type of contacts
  • Ensure contacts fit correctly

The contact exam (contact lens fitting and evaluation) is an exam that is conducted in addition to your routine eye exam.

Contact Lens Exam
Contact Lens Exam

ASSESSING YOUR EYES TO OPTIMIZE YOUR CONTACT LENS FIT

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.

The contact lens exam ensures the proper fit of your contacts and evaluates your vision with the contacts.

Regardless of your age or physical health getting an annual eye exam is important.