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Why Do I Need a Contact Lens Evaluation?

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Do you want your contact lenses to be comfortable, free of dryness, have UV and blue light filters, and provide great vision all day? Then you need to come in for a contact lens evaluation! Your optometrist will consider these goals when evaluating your contact lenses, and work with you to find the right lens for your eyes.

Why Contacts?

Advances in technology have created contact lenses with high-end optics, high oxygen permeability, infusion of moisture properties, and even myopia (nearsightedness) control. Since contact lenses are a prescribed medical device, prescriptions are valid for one year. 

As a contact lens wearer, care of the eye and your contact lenses is imperative to maintaining clear, comfortable vision and eye health. An annual contact lens evaluation helps keep track of any changes to your eyes, prescriptions, or factors that could affect eligibility, like dry eye. 

What Happens If I Don’t Wear My Contacts Correctly? 

If your contacts don’t fit correctly, or become overworn, you can experience: 

  • Corneal ulcers
  • Infection
  • Corneal neovascularization (extra blood vessels)
  • Allergic reactions 

What Happens During a Contact Lens Evaluation?

The contact lens evaluation is done with the slit lamp instrument and consists of a corneal & surrounding eye structure evaluation by your optometrist. 

The fit of contact lenses is checked for alignment, centration, and tear film flow behind the lens. Contact lens prescriptions are not the same as spectacle prescriptions, and a conversion factor for distance from the eye, astigmatism, and power is calculated to finalize the contact lens prescription. 

What Are Contacts Made Of?

The most commonly prescribed contact lenses are made of a soft plastic, yet specialized contact lenses such as rigid gas permeables and scleral lenses require additional measurements and follow-up visits. 

How Can Visionary Eye Care Help You?

The contact lens evaluation fee at Visionary Eye Care covers all trial contact lenses and visits for up to 3 months. Contact lens evaluation fees are based on the complexity of evaluation and recommended follow-ups. With this in mind, all vision plans have specific copays related to the contact lens evaluation and specific contact lens materials. Thus, copays may vary year to year based on vision plan coverage and or upgrades to contact lens materials. 

At Visionary Eye Care, we keep up-to-date on the ever-changing advances in technology to contact lens materials, so see your best and feel your best-wearing contact lenses tailored to your unique vision needs!

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