What is a Contact Lenses Eye Exam?
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Before you can get a pair of contact lenses, you’ll need to have your eyes examined and fitted by an optometrist and get your prescription.
Normally, fittings for lenses will take longer than the standard eye exam. If you are looking to get fitted for contacts, you should let your optometrist know up front that you are interested in getting contacts.
When you first begin with your eye exam, your optometrist will first examine the health of your eyes. Your eye doctor will also want to know why you want contacts, if you have any known problems with your eyes, and what you hope to get from your visit. Overall, your contact fitting and exam will be based on the information that you have provided.
During your exam, you’ll go through several tests that will let the optometrist know the health and vision of your eyes. Once the exam is finished and your optometrist has the information he needs, you will be a given the prescription to get your contact lenses. Without a prescription, most places won’t sell you contacts.
When it comes to fitting your contact lenses, your optometrist will measure the curvature of your eyes and other factors that will affect how your lenses will fit in your eyes. Some people are more prone to dryness in their eyes than others, meaning that the contacts you are prescribed shouldn’t aggravate the dryness.
In order for your optician to give you a prescription for contact lenses, your cornea will need to be free of any type of problems that can prevent you from wearing them.
Normally, your optician will give you a trial pair of contact lenses to try out, and then check them for fit once they have settled in your eyes. Sometimes, you may need to try out several different pairs before you find the perfect fit. The lens you choose should give you better vision, fit comfortably in your eye, and not do any damage to the cornea.
It’s very important that your lens not be torn, scratched, or damaged in any way. Before you try the contact out, you should always inspect it to make sure that there are no defects.
Your optician will show you how to inspect the contacts before you put them in your eyes, starting with your trial pairs. The optician or associates working there will need to verify that your test contacts meet your standards and the requirements for your eyes, according to what the optician recommends.
At your fitting exam, your eye doctor will also go offer with you what brands of contacts you should and shouldn’t use. When you try out your test contacts you’ll use certain types of solution as well, to see if affects your eyes.
Some solutions will work well for some, while they may cause irritation for others. Normally, your optometrist will try you out with one of the latest and greatest brands of contacts, to see whether or not they work for you.
After you have been fitted for your contacts and found the perfect pair, you should make sure that you always go to your follow up visits. Your first follow up will be in a few short weeks, after which your optician will check your eyes and contacts again, to make sure that everything is still going good.
After that, you should always attend any follow ups that you have - to make sure that your contacts are working good - and your eyes are still in good health.
Contact Lenses Versus Glasses
As you probably already know, there are quite a few differences between contact lenses and eye glasses. Glasses have been around a lot longer than contacts, although most people prefer to wear contacts instead of glasses.
Contacts have become popular over the years, proving to be the best alternative to wearing bulky glasses.
When you compare contacts against glasses, there are several things that stick out like a sore thumb. The first difference in the two is the field of vision. Glasses offer good front vision, although their peripheral vision is quite poor.
Contact lenses on the other hand offer you a great field of vision, including peripheral. You won’t be hindered to just looking straight ahead, as contact lenses allow you to look anywhere you want without any problems.
Another major difference is the weight. Glasses are uncomfortable weight on both your ears and your face. They also need to be tightened on a frequent basis, along with adjusting.
Contacts on the other hand don’t weigh anything at all. When you wear contacts you don’t need to worry about tightening them or worry about them constantly sliding your face - which can be very annoying.
Glasses are also known to fog up frequently, and they are very distracting during any kind of sports you play. Contacts however, don’t fog up. You can carry out any activity you choose without having to worry about them all.
They won’t fall off or slide down your nose when you run, nor will they limit what you can do when you play sports.
Another bad thing about glasses is the fact they need to match what you wear. If you have casual frames, they may not suit your evening attire. The colors may also clash, which is a bad thing for those who crave style. Unlike glasses, contact lenses will compliment everything you wear, for the simple fact that they don’t stick out.
Although there are quite a few differences between the two, they do have a few things in common as well. Both glasses and contacts require cleaning and careful handling. You’ll need to spray your glasses and wipe them off a few times each day.
Contacts need to be cleaned as well, before you put them in and soaked in solution when you aren’t using them. You may also need to use eye drops as well throughout the day when wearing contacts, especially if your eyes start to dry out.
Glasses and contact lenses can both correct astigmatism as well. If you have astigmatism, you can wear either glasses or contacts. Astigmatism is an odd cornea shape that impairs vision, common with older people. Although most people think that only glasses will correct this problem, contacts can fix the problem as well.
The best thing about both contacts and glasses is the fact that they are both affordable. You can get contacts and glasses at very affordable prices.
Considering the fact that you will probably be wearing them for the rest of your life, they will be the best purchase that you’ll ever make. Over the years, you’ll get your money back and then some for each day you wear either of them.
No matter which one of the two you decide to go with, you are sure to get the vision you need. If you aren’t lucky enough to have perfect vision, contact lenses and glasses are the perfect way to correct your vision.
If you’ve been living with not so great vision, contacts and glasses are the ideal way to do the things you love - with perfect vision.
Putting In And Removing Contact Lenses
If you are new to contact lenses, there are 2 things that you will need to overcome - putting your contacts in and taking them out. Even though you may have got in some practice with your doctor during your fitting exam, you’ll find things to be totally different once you step in front of your mirror at home and try to do it by yourself.
The first thing you’ll notice is that it can be tricky to put your contacts in. If you are putting them in for the first time, it can be a little tricky getting them in your eye. With a few days or a few weeks to practice, you’ll be more than comfortable with your lenses.
Always keep in mind that no one is perfect, it takes all of us time to get good at it. Below, are a few tips that will help you with inserting and removing your contacts.
Putting your contacts in
Before you put your hands on your contacts, you should make sure that you clean your hands thoroughly, and that you dry them off. Once your hands are clean, sit the contact lens on your index finger. Next, place a drop of solution in the center of the lens. Now, use your other hand and pull down your lower eye lid with your thumb then look up with the eye you will be inserting the contact lens into.
Take your index finger with the contact on it and place it into your eye. Don’t close your eye immediately, rather leave it open a few seconds to let the contact settle. After a few seconds, close your eye and your contact should be perfectly in place. If it feels uncomfortable, take it out and try again. It may take you a few tries, although the more you put them in the better you’ll get at it.
Taking your contacts out
Same as before, you want to make sure that your hands are clean and dry. When you are ready to take them out, look up with your eye then use your fingers to grab the contact by the sides and pull it out. You can normally get it out on the first try, with a little practice. Once the contact is out, blink a few times to clear your eyes. If it doesn’t want to come out, put some drops in your eye to moisten it up, then try again.
Contact lenses are a great innovation to vision correction, and they are easier to use than most people may think. Once you have worn contacts for a few days or a few weeks, you’ll find that it becomes second nature to put them in and take them out. Once you have got the hang of it, you’ll be able to put them in and remove them in a matter of seconds.
What are Eye Infections and Defective vision?
Like the skin and hair, the eyes tell a great deal about the state of your health, your habits and lifestyle. Illness, nutritional deficiencies, lack of sleep, anxiety and stress can all be reflected by eyes that are dull, tired and strained.
Eye care has increased in importance and relevance in modem times. Progress has certainly taken its toll. Never before have we put the eyes to as much strain as we do now, has focusing on television and computer screened, on intense reading or pouring over figures.
During the ancient times, the eyes were used in occupations that actually exercised them and kept them healthy. The farmer, hunter, fisherman, used a variety of natural eye movements, focusing on distant-objects.
We hardly exercise the muscles of the eyes. And, this kind of eye strain begins at an early age. With immobility, the eye muscles are tired and tense. With time, they get distorted and cramped. Unless we consciously exercise them and help them to relax, they cannot perform well, stay healthy, or look beautiful.
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