Contact Lens Exam in Nashville, TN

Contact Lens Exam

contact lens exam in Nashville, TN

Contact Lens Exam

During a contact lens exam and fitting at Lemoncelli Eyecare, your eye doctor will evaluate your eye health and vision and consult with you on your lifestyle and hobbies to ensure we recommend the right contact lens for your eyes, vision, and lifestyle. There are many new contact lenses that accommodate astigmatism, presbyopia, and more. 

Contact lens exam

During the contact lens exam, your eye doctor will evaluate the size and shape of your eyes and will also check for any eye health issues which may affect your comfort while wearing contact lenses.  

Your eye doctor will measure your cornea to determine the curvature and size of your contact lens and will also measure the size of your pupils. Astigmatism may require you to wear a toric lens (a special type of lens that counteracts flaws on the surface).

Your eye doctor may also evaluate your tear film to determine if you have a condition known as dry eye syndrome.  

Once these tests are complete, your eye doctor will prescribe contact lenses based on your eye health and vision needs. They may provide you with trial contact lenses and ask you to wear them for a week or so. You will then come back for a follow-up exam to ensure the contacts fit comfortably and provide you with clear vision.

You will also receive a contact lens prescription that designates the contact lens type, power, base curve (a shape matching the curvature of your eye), and diameter.  

Why do I need an exam for contact lenses? 

If you plan to wear contact lenses, you need a contact lens exam because contact lenses are classified as medical devices, which means you need a prescription to wear them. If you wear contact lenses or plan to wear contact lenses, let us know when you schedule an appointment for your comprehensive eye exam, so we can perform the contact lens exam during your appointment.  

What are the benefits of wearing contact lenses?

There are several benefits to wearing contact lenses.

  • Many people prefer to wear contact lenses for aesthetic reasons – they do not want to alter their facial appearance.
  • Contact lenses are also an excellent choice for people who are physically active or athletes because they do not fog up and there is no concern about breaking eyeglasses.
  • With contact lenses, you can enjoy a full field of vision without the restriction of glasses frames.

It’s important to note that while contact lenses have many benefits, they do require proper care and handling to prevent eye infections and other complications. It’s essential to follow your optometrist’s instructions for cleaning and wearing the lenses to maintain healthy eyes.

Types of contact lenses  

There are many different types of contact lenses to accommodate most people’s visual needs and eye health, including specialty lenses. 

  • Soft, spherical contact lenses are the most common type of contact lens and the most prescribed. Traditional soft contact lenses are made of soft plastic polymers and water, allowing oxygen to pass through to the cornea. There are different wear schedules for soft contact lenses based on your prescription. It’s important to adhere to the wear schedule the doctor prescribes for you so that your eyes remain healthy, and you can continue to wear soft contact lenses comfortably. Your doctor may recommend daily use contact lenses, which means you only wear a pair of lenses for one day and then discard them, or weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly lenses.   
  • Toric contact lenses are made to correct for astigmatism and are available in both soft and gas-permeable designs. These contact lenses have one power that is horizontal and one power that is vertical, and there’s a weight at the bottom so that they remain centered on the eyes.  
  • Bifocal contact lenses allow people to see clearly up close and at a distance. These lenses are like bifocal glasses in that they have two separate powers, and they’re available in soft and gas-permeable forms.  
  • Monovision contact lenses are one of the options for people who have presbyopia, which is the gradual decline in near vision due to aging. The dominant eye is fit with a contact lens for far vision if needed, and the other eye is fit for near vision. 

The eye doctor at Lemoncelli Eyecare has the expertise to successfully fit patients with the right contact lenses for their visual needs, eye health, and lifestyle. Whether you wear contact lenses already or would like to, you need a contact lens exam. Contact us today to schedule your contact lens exam.

Can I sleep in my contacts?

Although some contact lenses are approved for extended wear (sleeping in them), the most hygienic way to wear contacts are to remove them nightly and change them daily.

Can I use my eyeglass prescription to buy over-the-counter contact lenses?

Although sometimes an eyeglass prescription is the same as a contact lens prescription, most of the time it is not. You do need a specific contact lens prescription to purchase contacts.

Is it safe for me to clean my contact lenses with a homemade solution?

It is very important that the ingredients used to clean contacts are sterile, which is unlikely to be the case with at home solutions. It is best practice to use the solutions recommended to you by your eye care provider.