About the Examination
During a contact lens exam, Dr. Rose will perform several tests to assess your overall eye health and visual acuity to determine if you are a candidate for contact lenses based upon your refraction (the exact measurement of your nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or presbyopia). Dr. Rose will also evaluate you for dry eye or an inadequate tear film, which can make contact lens wear very difficult. Because dry eye can affect your visual results and cause significant discomfort and irritation, diagnosis and treatment are essential to the success of contact lenses.
If you are a candidate for contact lenses, we’ll gather more information to help us fit you with contact lenses. We will talk with you about your lifestyle and discuss your expectations for contact lenses. We will also explain the various types of contact lenses and decide together what is best. Some lens options we may discuss are:
- Daily disposable, overnight and colored contact lenses
- Gas permeable (rigid) vs. silicone hydrogel (soft) contact lenses
- Multifocal (range of powers) vs. bifocal (two prescriptions in the same lens) and monovision fitting (each lens addresses a different problem i.e., one for distance vision and one for near vision).