Contact lenses offer all kinds of benefits, including an improvement in vision and eye comfort. Of course, it's important to make sure your contacts don't interfere with your eye health. If you're interested in contacts, schedule a contact lens exam at Edward Bancroft, OD in Anchorage or Palmer Vision Clinic in Palmer, AK.
How a Contact Lens Exam Is Different from a Routine Eye Exam
Even if you have a prescription for eyeglasses, you'll need to schedule an exam if you plan on wearing contacts. While eyeglasses sit somewhere between 12 and 24 millimeters from the eyes, contacts are placed directly on the eye's surface. It's crucial to find the right prescription and fit before wearing contacts. During a contact lens exam, the surface of your eyes will be examined to determine the best size of contacts for your eyes. Since dry eye can be an issue when wearing contacts, our optometrist may also conduct a tear film evaluation. You'll also have the opportunity to try on contacts so that you can find lenses that are right for your eyes.
Choosing the Right Contact Lenses
After you've been fitted and have a valid prescription, you'll be able to choose the contacts that you want to wear. You'll find all kinds of options to choose from, including daily disposable lenses and contacts designed for extended wear. There are also contacts designed to treat specific vision issues, such as astigmatism and refractive errors.
When choosing contacts, it can be helpful to think about how you plan on using your lenses. Will you be wearing them daily, or do you want to alternate between eyeglasses and contacts? Are you comfortable cleaning contact lenses, or would you prefer to wear a fresh pair each day?
With so many options to choose from, you'll be able to find contacts that feel comfortable and meet your needs. Your optometrist can answer your questions and can even provide you with sample lenses to make sure that you're satisfied with your prescription.
Schedule Your Contact Lens Exam Today!
Whether you're new to contacts or are ready to update your prescription, schedule an exam so that you can find the right contacts for your eyes. We offer exams at Edward Bancroft, OD, in Anchorage, and at Palmer Vision Clinic in Palmer, AK, allowing you to choose a location that's convenient for you. The sooner you schedule your exam, the sooner you can start wearing your contacts!