Unlike traditional eyeglasses, which hold lenses held in place over our eyes with frames that sit on our faces, contact lenses have no frames. Instead, they rest directly on the fronts of our eyes. Because contacts rely on suction to stay in place as our eyes and bodies move around throughout the day, it’s absolutely crucial that they fit right. While you might get away with wearing those oversized frames from the 1980s, having contacts that are the wrong size just isn’t going to work at all. This is why when you come to see our local El Paso eye doctor at the practice of El Paso EyeCare about switching over to contact lenses from glasses, we’ll be doing some things during your eye exam that you might not recall from other appointments. Let us tell you a little bit about what to expect.
When you come to our El Paso eye doctor office at El Paso EyeCare for a contact lens exam, we’ll start things off how we usually do with glaucoma and retinal screenings, and tests of visual acuity (color, distance, etc.). Next — assuming you need some sort of vision correction — your doctor will determine more exactly the extent and type of correction you need. While this would normally be more-or-less the end of the appointment for glasses, there’s still a fair amount that needs doing if you’re opting for contacts. Your corneas need to be checked for damage and measured for size and curvature. Your eye doctor will also need to learn about your lifestyle and susceptibility to allergies to figure out what kinds of lenses to use. Finally, your eyes will be checked to make sure they have a healthy layer of tears, which is crucial to wearing contacts.
Whereas the contact lenses of yesteryear were rather limited in who could use them, the state of today’s medical technology means that a great many more people can wear contacts than could twenty years ago. Even folks suffering from astigmatism are often able to correct their vision with lenses placed directly on their eyes these days. Are you interested in giving contacts a chance? Why wait any longer to learn more? Give your local El Paso eye doctor at El Paso EyeCare a call.