Contact Lens Exams at Primary Eyecare Associates
There may be plenty of reasons why you might be looking at purchasing your very first pair of contact lenses. Perhaps you do not like having to wear glasses at all times and would like a substitute. Or maybe you do wear glasses on a regular basis, but you need an alternative for playing sports or working at a high-impact job. Contact lenses can make a terrific stand-in for glasses, but only if you get lenses that are ideal for your eyes, vision, and lifestyle. That is why we gladly offer contact lens exams at Primary Eyecare Associates.
The Benefits of Contact Lens Exams
Contact lens exams go a necessary step beyond the vision test that determined your corrective vision prescription. That prescription was quite sufficient for glasses -- but contacts sit directly on your eyes, not in front of them. This means we need to take precise measurements of your ocular structures, from pupil and iris diameter to the exact curve of the corneas.
But getting the measurements right is only the beginning. Our optometrists, Dr. Nechel and Dr.Butler, must evaluate your prescription to decide what kind of contact lenses can best correct your vision. Regular soft contacts are fine for most simple refractive errors, but stronger prescriptions and/or complicating factors such as astigmatism, keratoconus, and presbyopia may demand other solutions.
Issues such as dry eye or giant papillary conjunctivitis (a reaction to protein buildup in contacts) may also influence your choice of contact lenses. Even the way you plan to wear your contacts can be a deciding factor. Do you want to wear your contacts for days at a time? Are you willing to clean your contacts regularly? All of these questions are addressed during the contact lens exam.
Our Eye Doctor Can Pair You with the Perfect Lenses
Once our eye doctor has obtained all the necessary information, it is time to point you toward the perfect contact lenses for your individual needs. We may recommend contacts designed to disposed of after a single day, a week, two weeks, or even a month at a time. If soft contacts won't work for you, we have a wide variety of rigid gas permeable contacts that can correct even the strongest prescriptions. (These lenses also accumulate less debris than soft lenses.) Our optometrist offers toric lenses for astigmatism, scleral lenses for keratoconus and dry eye, or multifocal lenses for presbyopia.
Contact Our Burke, VA Clinic to Schedule Your Exam
You'll be glad you had that contact lens exam when you experience the comfort and clarity of your new contacts. Contact our Burke, VA clinic today at 703-272-7880 to schedule your exam!