If you are getting contact lenses for the first time, you have to schedule a fitting appointment with your eye doctor. Here’s what you should expect during your contact lens fitting appointment.
1. You will discuss your preferences and options. A contact lens fitting appointment doesn’t begin fitting straightaway. Your eye doctor will first talk to you about your lifestyle because this will help them narrow down the right type of contact lenses for you. For example, if you are usually on the go or are usually engaged in activities like active sports, then your choices may be narrowed down to daily contact lenses. Other options include contacts that can be replaced every two weeks or monthly, as well as hard lenses depending on certain conditions.
2. Your eye doctor will take measurements. After determining your preferences, your eye doctor will begin to take measurements of your eyes. Contact lenses need to be an exact fit, so your eye doctor will measure the curve and diameter of your eyes, including your pupil and your iris. A tear film evaluation will determine how much tears your eyes produce, which is needed to keep your contacts moist. Your eye doctor may prescribe eye drops as part of your contact lens routine if your eyes do not produce enough tears.
3. You will receive instruction on how to use your contacts. If you haven’t worn contact lenses before, your eye doctor will discuss how to use them — how to put them on, how to take them out and how to care for your contacts. You will be wearing a trial pair at this time, which will demonstrate to you how you will see and the comfort when wearing the contact lenses, before the prescription is finalized.
4. You will schedule a follow-up visit. Your eye doctor will schedule a follow-up visit before ordering your supply of contacts. The period between your fitting appointment and your follow-up visit is going to be your trial period, where you get used to wearing contacts, develop good habits, and make sure that the contacts fit properly. If everything goes well, your eye doctor will place an order for your supply of contact lenses.
Six One Six Vision Center is one of the most trusted eye care providers in Eagle and Meridian, ID. Give us a call at (208) 514-1858, or schedule an appointment online anytime.