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Not everybody takes the opportunity to assess or take care of their vision. While this may not  be a common activity, know that you can always be a step ahead and ensure that your eye health is prioritized. For one, you can do a comprehensive eye exam and learn about your options for contact lenses (if necessary).

For proper contact lens fit, an eye test is necessary. Through the right medical guidance, you and your doctor can determine whether you are a candidate for contact lenses and how to choose the best ones for your eyes. Read on to learn more.

How Contact Lenses Work

Contact lenses are small, curved pieces of plastic that help with eyesight. Contact lenses today are manufactured to treat myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia.

Light enters through the eye, travels through the lens, and finally arrives at the retina. Information is sent from the eye to the brain via the optic nerve. 

Refractive flaws are brought on by the eye’s erroneous light bending. Myopia reduces eyesight at a distance by concentrating light on the retina. Hyperopia is erratic.

The 3 Phases of Getting Contact Lenses

The right contact lens fit is necessary to correct refractive errors and enhance vision. Below are the three phases of the process of getting contact lenses:

The Exam

Your exam will determine whether you can wear contacts. We examine your medical background, including your eye health, to determine whether you are a good candidate for contact lenses. Then, contact lenses are customized.

The Fitting

We check your corneas during the fitting to see if they are suitable for having contact lenses. We assess the health of your tear film as the contact lenses float on top of it to guarantee a comfortable fit.

We will suggest the best contacts after your contact lens fitting. You will be given help the first time so that you feel confident putting in your contact lenses at home.

The Trial Period

Finding the perfect contact lenses requires a trial period. After you’ve worn your contact lenses for a while, we’ll meet with you to talk about how comfortable they are and make any required adjustments.

Finding the Right Contact Lens for You

Some people have trouble using traditional contact lenses. The eye may not be correctly fitted for contact lenses. Additionally, they might stop the tear film from covering the complete eye surface, resulting in dry eye symptoms.

Fortunately, all patients can receive individualized, comfortable, and thorough vision correction thanks to specialized contact lenses. Here are the types of lenses available today:

Scleral Lenses

Scleral contact lenses’ are known for their rigidity. They sit on the sclera rather than the cornea. These contact lenses are perfect for people with keratoconus and astigmatism because of their bigger diameter.

Toric Lenses

Astigmatism-specific toric lenses have distinct prescriptions for the horizontal and vertical axes. For all-day clear vision, their weighted base maintains them in place on your eye.

Now that you have more knowledge about taking care of your eye health and getting the right contact lenses for you, you no longer have to hesitate to get medical advice again. Begin today and put your eye health first!

Are you looking for an eye exam in Oregon? Lifetime Vision Care is here to give you the care and attention your eyes deserve. Contact us today!