Don’t Let Glasses Hold You Back: What You Should Ask About Contacts During Your Eye Exam

Eyeglasses are great, but they can sometimes get in the way. Whether you want to play your favorite sport, or you are tired of your frames exerting pressure on your face, contact lenses can be the better option, depending on the person and their needs.

If you are interested in contact lenses, do us a favor and let us know during your next eye exam at Raleigh Eye Center. There are special tests that our optometrist needs to perform if you want contact lenses, as opposed to regular eyeglasses. In addition, it is usually more economical and beneficial for you to have your contact lens exam performed during your regular eye exam by the same eye doctor, as it omits the need for duplicate testing.

During a contact lens evaluation, one of our Raleigh eye doctors will test your visual acuity with an eye chart to determine whether your eyes are in need of prescription eyewear. We will then ask you a few questions, including if you want to change your eye color with color contact lenses or if you are more interested in overnight contact lenses or daily disposable lenses.

Tests That May Be Performed During Your Raleigh Contact Lens Evaluation

We may also conduct the following tests on your eyes in order to give you the perfect contact lenses for your specific needs:

  • Cornea measurements. We measure your cornea, or curvature of your eye’s front surface, by using an instrument called a keratometer. The measurements from this machine will allow us to choose the proper size and curve for your lenses.
  • Tear film evaluation. During this test, we evaluate your body’s ability to produce tears. We accomplish this by inserting a small piece of paper underneath your lower eyelid. The piece of paper will be removed after you close your eyes for five minutes. This will allow our eye doctor to tell if you have dry eyes. If your eyes are too dry, contact lenses may not be the right solution for you.
  • Iris and pupil measurements. Your pupils and irises can be measured using a simple ruler or automated instrument. These measurements allow our Raleigh eye professional to pick contact lenses that are the best look and fit for your eyes.

If you are interested in getting contact lenses in the Triangle area, there is no better place to turn than Raleigh Eye Center. Contact us today to schedule an eye exam and contact lens evaluation — we look forward to working with you!