Understanding Contact Lenses
From active lifestyles to ease and comfort at home or in the office, there are various reasons why contact lenses are a great choice for almost anyone. Switching from glasses to contact lenses offers the benefit of coming as close as possible to living without visual aids. Family Vision - Clemson, your optometrist in Clemson SC, provides a full list of services to help you maintain your best vision and eye health. We provide general eye exams, specific exams for contact lenses, and much more for maintaining healthy eyesight.
Contact Lens Exams
During a contact lens exam, our optometrists assess your general eye health, visual acuity, coordination of your eyes together, and signs of any developing eye conditions. You’ll go through the same reading tests as usual, but the prescription will be different from an eyeglass prescription since contact lenses sit directly on the eye. A prescription for contact lenses needs to be measured for lenses directly on your eyes for a proper fitting, which involves measuring your cornea and its curvature.
Your eye health will be evaluated with an array of tests. The tonometry test delivers a puff of air into your eye to check intraocular pressure for glaucoma. Our optometrists use specialized eye drops to dilate your pupils as wide as possible to be able to check your optic nerve, retina, macula, and other parts near the back of your eye for general health. Your field of vision will be examined with a series of lights designed to test how well your eyes work together. Besides getting a picture of your eyes’ health, our optometrists will determine whether or not you can tolerate contact lenses before you try them on.
Types of Contact Lenses
There are several types of disposable contact lenses, which are moist and soft, making them easy to wear. Daily disposable lenses are thrown away at the end of each day of use. Other soft lenses are designed to be removed and cleaned in saline solution at night and disposed of after one month or three months of use. You can keep continuous wear lenses in overnight and not have to remove or clean them for up to a month.
Rigid gas-permeable contact lenses are not soft and pliable but let air in through the material, which helps keep eye infections and dry eye syndrome at bay. Specialty scleral lenses incorporate a specialized design to correct keratoconus, which is when the cornea is shaped irregularly and results in distorted vision. You can even opt for multifocal lenses that can correct multiple issues at once, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and presbyopia. Contact lenses also allow you to have a different eye color with colored lenses.
Contact Us for Eye Care from Our Optometrists in Clemson, SC
If you are looking for ‘eye exams near me,’ our team at Family Vision Clemson is here to help. We are committed to providing our patients the eye care they need for optimal vision performance in daily life. Call us for an appointment today or to learn more about our various vision correction options.