What Is a Contact Lens Exam?
If you've been wearing glasses but would like to try contact lenses instead, you're not alone. A lot of people make the switch because they like the freedom that contacts can provide. They may also like the way they look without glasses or find they have sharper vision with contacts.
If you're in or near Gardena or Hawthorne, CA, and want to find out if contacts are an option for you, reach out to Century Eye Care today for a contact lens exam. Here's what you can expect at your appointment.
Contact Lenses Require a Special Exam
Unlike glasses, contact lenses require a special type of exam. This contact lens exam covers everything that an examination for glasses would involve, but it also requires the doctor to take a look at the surface and shape of your corneas. That's because contact lenses need to sit there, and they can't always do that effectively if your cornea isn't round. Some people have astigmatism or other conditions where the cornea is irregular. There are often still contact lens options, but they won't be the same.
You Can Get Information Right Away
Once you've had a contact lens exam, your eye doctor will tell you whether you're a good candidate for typical soft contact lenses or whether it's better for you to have RGP (rigid gas-permeable) or other types of lenses, based on the shape of your corneas. People who have corneal irregularities often need these types of lenses or even scleral lenses that don't sit on the cornea at all and instead sit on the white part of the eye. Getting this information can help you make the right contact lens decision.
Contacts May Be Perfect for You
When your contact lens exam is over, you and your eye doctor can work together to decide whether contact lenses are right for you. Most people can wear either standard or hard-to-fit contact lenses. There are some people who can't wear contact lenses at all, but that's not common. With all the advances in contact lenses and the options that are available, you'll likely be given some options to consider for the contact lenses you can wear, along with information about the pros and cons of each type.
We're Here to Meet Your Eye Care Needs
At Century Eye Care, we're here to help everyone in Gardena and Hawthorne, CA, and the surrounding areas, get the contact lenses that work for them. Coming to us for a contact lens exam is the first step toward making sure you're getting the quality eye care you deserve. The health and safety of your eyes is our top priority, and we'll take good care of your vision. Give us a call today at (310) 644-8877 (Hawthorne) or (310) 767-7814 (Gardena).