Why Should You Get Eye Vision Exams for Contact Lenses?

Getting contacts can be a great option for those tired of wearing glasses or seeking a more natural, unobstructed vision. However, it would be best to undergo eye vision exams before you can start wearing contact lenses. 

What Is a Contact Lens Eye Exam?

A contact lens eye exam is a specialized examination to determine whether you are a good candidate for contact lenses. This type of exam differs from a regular eye exam, as it involves additional tests and evaluations to assess the shape and health of your eyes.

During a contact lens eye exam, your eye family optometry doctor will conduct the following tests:

  • Eye health evaluation: Your doctor will examine your eyes to ensure they are healthy and free from any conditions that may interfere with contact lens wear, such as dry eye syndrome or allergies.
  • Corneal measurement: Your doctor will measure the curvature of your cornea, which is the clear, dome-shaped surface on the front of your eye. This measurement helps determine the proper fit for your contact lenses.
  • Tear film evaluation: Your doctor will evaluate the quality and quantity of your tears to ensure that your eyes are moist enough to wear contact lenses comfortably.
  • Visual acuity testing: Your doctor will assess your vision to determine your prescription for contact lenses.
  • Contact lens fitting: Your doctor will fit you with a pair of trial contact lenses to ensure a proper fit and comfort. They will also teach you how to properly insert, remove, and care for your lenses.

Why Is a Contact Lens Eye Exam Important?

You must undergo a contact lens eye exam to ensure your eyes are healthy and that you are a suitable candidate for contact lenses. It also helps to determine the correct prescription and fit for your lenses, which is crucial for comfortable and clear vision.

Additionally, a contact lens eye exam can help detect any underlying eye conditions that may not be visible during a regular eye exam. For example, certain eye conditions, such as keratoconus, can make it difficult to wear contact lenses. A contact lens eye exam can help identify these conditions early on, allowing for prompt treatment and management.

What to Expect During a Contact Lens Eye Exam

A contact lens eye exam typically takes about an hour to complete. During the exam, your eye doctor will ask questions about your medical history and any medications you may be taking. They will also ask about your lifestyle and activities to help determine the best type of contact lenses for you.

Your doctor will then conduct a series of tests to evaluate the health and shape of your eyes. These tests may include using a slit lamp to inspect the front and back of your eye and measuring the curvature of your cornea.

Once your eye health and prescription have been evaluated, your doctor will fit you with a pair of trial contact lenses. They will provide instructions on how to properly insert, remove, and care for your lenses and recognize and manage any potential issues or complications.

After you have worn your trial lenses for a few days, you will return for a follow-up appointment to ensure that your lenses fit properly and your vision is clear.

Tips For Preparing for a Contact Lens Eye Exam

To ensure a successful contact lens eye exam, there are things you can do to prepare:

  • Bring your glasses: Your eye doctor may need to evaluate your vision with and without your glasses to determine the correct prescription for your contact lenses.
  • Remove your contacts: If you are already wearing contact lenses, removing them before your exam is important. This will allow your eyes to return to their natural shape and ensure accurate measurements.
  • Bring a list of medications: Be sure to bring a list of any medications you are currently taking, as some medications can affect the health of your eyes or the fit of your contact lenses.
  • Wear comfortable clothing: You may be asked to lie down or tilt your head during certain parts of the exam, so it is important to wear comfortable clothing that allows movement.


A contact lens eye exam is an essential first step if you are considering contact lenses. This exam will help determine whether you are a good candidate for contact lenses and ensure a proper fit and prescription for clear and comfortable vision. Consult with your optometrist for more information about contact lenses and how they can benefit you. If you wish to skip the lens, seek Lasik eye surgery. 

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