Contact Lens Exams at Eye Doctors of Arizona
At Eye Doctors of Arizona, we know how important it is to get your prescription right. Your eyesight, eye health, and everyday comfort all depend on your prescription eyewear, and regular vision exams are the only way to avoid complications and keep your prescription up-to-date. However, vision exams look very different for people who wear contact lenses. Unlike eyeglasses, contact lenses require a very precise fit, as well as a unique prescription process and a design that’s compatible with your lifestyle and eye care needs.
Our Phoenix ophthalmologists know that contacts aren’t right for every patient, but we work hard to make sure you have as many eye wear options as possible.
Difference Between Eye Exams & Contact Lens Exams
Due to the nature of contact lenses, it’s important to get comprehensive contact lens exams and fittings from an actual eye doctor. But what exactly is the difference between an eye exam and a contact lens exam?
For starters, a contact lens exam also includes a custom lens fitting, because we must be sure that the curvature, type, size, and prescription of your lenses is exactly right. To make sure the details are accurate, we take physical measurements and assessments of your eyeballs, using sophisticated computer technology that gives us a detailed map of the surface of each eye. We also measure the function of each eye, separately and together, including your ability to focus and interpret text and images.
Advantages of Contact Lenses
Many patients prefer contact lenses because they like the convenience of a hands-free lifestyle. Some contact lenses are even designed for overnight wear and disposable use, making them an easier option than eyeglasses for on-the-go patients. And if you want to change the color of your eyes – or correct a color abnormality – only color contact lenses will do the trick. Of course, some patients have irregular curvature or are prone to dry eyes and irritation, but that’s why we offer specialty lenses in many different types. Even if you’ve struggled with hard to fit contacts in the past, we may be able to find the right type for you.
What to Expect from Your Contact Lens Fitting
During a contact lens exam, your Phoenix ophthalmologist will perform all the usual visual acuity tests, as well as an additional series of tests and measurements to make sure you’re a good candidate for contact lenses. If you have any symptoms or conditions that affect your vision or the shape of your eyes, we may perform additional tests, such as corneal mapping to determine the exact topography of your eyes. Of course, you’ll also answer questions about your lifestyle and eyewear needs as we explore different contact lens options.
Different Types of Contact Lenses
We offer a variety of different contact lenses in Phoenix, from soft to rigid gas permeable, from disposable to extended-wear, and from traditional lenses to custom contact lenses for specific eye conditions. Here are just a few of the types of contacts we offer in Phoenix:
- Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses – These oxygen-permeable contacts are soft, flexible, breathable contacts available with disposable and extended-wear options
- Color Contact Lenses – Both prescription and non-prescription contact lenses are available with special colored pupils
- Scleral Contact Lenses – These enlarged specialty lenses actually arch over the cornea, preventing irritation, dryness, drifting, and other complications of hard to fit contacts
- Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses – If you have multiple refractive errors in each eye or farsightedness (presbyopia), you may be a good candidate for lenses with two or more corrections
- Toric Contact Lenses – These contacts are designed to rotate at an angle over the corneas and correct astigmatism
Whether you want to update your prescription or find contact lenses that won’t cause irritation and dry eyes, our eye doctors are ready to help. Each ophthalmologist on our team is currently accepting patients in Phoenix, AZ. Contact us today to schedule a contact lens exam at the Phoenix office closest to you.