Many people combine contact lens use with glasses to give them flexibility in improving their sight. You can use contacts for specific occasions such as sports play, dinner dates, or weekend getaways to give you a break from wearing glasses. Your first step to getting contacts is scheduling a contact lens exam with our Swift Optical optometrist. For your convenience, we serve residents in Massena, Canton, Norfolk, Potsdam, and Norwood.
What to Expect from a Contact Lens Exam
Contact lenses aren’t for everyone. Before getting contacts, you need to make sure you can wear them safely and comfortably. Our Massena optometrist will start your contact lens exam with a comprehensive eye exam to check your eye health and visual acuity. We'll examine your eyes for signs of eye conditions or diseases that can interfere with the use of contacts. At the same time, we’ll write you a prescription for eyeglasses.
The next step in your contact lens exam is a contact lens fitting. During a fitting, we’ll take measurements of different parts of your eye to make sure your contacts fit properly. Poor fitting contacts may cause eye discomfort and pain, not to mention distortions in your sight.
Your Massena eye doctor will measure the pupil and surface of your eye to determine the size and type of contact lens you should use. We’ll also measure your tear film to ensure your eyes have the hydration necessary for contacts. Lack of moisture can make contact lenses uncomfortable to wear.
Contact Lens Consultation
Contact lenses aren’t “one size fits all.” Contacts come in various types to correspond with your eye health, prescription, and lifestyle. Your eye doctor can go over your options, explaining the pros and cons of each. Consulting with your optometrist is the best way to make smart contact lens decisions. Soft contacts, rigid gas-permeable (RGP) lenses, toric contacts, bifocal and multifocal contacts, daily wear, and extended wear are some different types of contacts you can choose from.
Once you’ve chosen the type of contacts you want, we’ll have you do a trial run of your lenses to make sure they fit comfortably and that they’re working as they should. If you’ve never worn contacts before, we’ll give you some time to get adjusted to them before we order your final pair. We’ll also educate you on contact lens use and care.
See Our Massena/Canton/Norfolk/Potsdam and Norwood Optometrist for a Contact Lens Exam
Contact lenses provide a safe and practical alternative to wearing prescription eyeglasses for correcting refractions in your vision. To learn more about contacts or to schedule a contact lens exam, contact Swift Optical at 315-276-3335 today. We look forward to meeting all your eye care needs.