Eye Exam for Contact Lenses

The first step to getting contacts is to have an eye exam, which is designed to determine if contacts are right for your eyes and your prescription. The exam includes more tests and measurements than a regular exam. It will include an internal and external examination of your eyes and a glaucoma test. The prescription you receive can be used for your contacts and for eyeglasses should you decide, as many people do, that you'd like to have the option of glasses for times when you're not wearing your contacts.

Once you have your exam, you'll explore all the choices that are now available to today's contact lens wearer. Here are some things the eye doctor will consider.

What's your prescription?
You can likely wear contacts if you are nearsighted, farsighted, need bifocals, or have astigmatism.

What's your sport?
Contacts add enjoyment — even improved performance — to a number of sports. Be sure to ask the eye doctor about precautions you should take to ensure safety in the sports you will play while wearing contacts.

What are your risks?
If you have allergies, certain hazardous work activities, diabetes, dry eyes or persistent infections of the eye, contacts may not be appropriate for you. Your eye doctor will help you decide.

Choosing your contacts.
If you and your doctor decide on contact lenses for you then you'll explore all the choices that are now available to today's contact lens wearer and choose the type that are right for your prescription and your lifestyle color-changers.

Caring for your contacts.
When you get your contacts, you'll be shown how to care for them in a way that protects and optimizes the performance of the lenses themselves and safeguards your eye health and vision. This will include an explanation of the products and procedures.

Types of Contacts

Bifocal Contacts
You may think that there is only one form of bifocal contacts, but great advancements have been made over the years and there's a lot more to offer now than just the "split across the middle" lenses. There are: Translating, Concentric and Aspheric, which are available in both soft and rigid gas permeable lenses. This means that they can be used as extended wear disposables that can last for two weeks or a month, depending on the brand. Naturally, caring well for your bifocal contacts will help retain their quality and longevity.

If you think your vision would be improved with bifocal lenses or if wear bifocal glasses and are interested in trying bifocal contacts, you should schedule an exam with Dr. Carlson to determine which type of bifocal lenses are best for you.

These are contacts that can be thrown away after each use or used for a short, predetermined schedule of one or two weeks. They are great for people whose busy lifestyles make it difficult to do routine care and cleaning of the lenses.

A number of different colors and intensities of color are available. You may choose to wear colored contacts every day or only on special occasions. You may use contact lenses to change your eye color even if you don't need vision correction. To do this, you will need a regular contact lens eye exam and consultation with the eye doctor as well as care and cleaning instructions, just as you would if you needed them to correct your eyesight.

Extended Wear
As the name suggests, these contacts may be worn when you are asleep, either overnight or for up to one week.

Gas Permeable
Ask your eye doctor if gas permeable lenses are right for you. They are designed for very specialized prescriptions.

We currently accept the following insurance plans:

  SPECTRA (Some United Health Care Plans)
EYEMED (Some BC/BS or Humana Plans)
DAVIS (Some BC/BC Plans)

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