Frequent question: Do your eyes have to be measured for contacts?

Your doctor will need to take some measurements to properly fit your contact lenses. Contact lenses that do not fit properly could cause discomfort, blurry vision or even damage to the eye. … This measurement is especially important if you are considering specialized lenses such as Gas Permeable (GP) contacts.

How do they measure your eyes for contacts?

In order to assure that the fitting curve of the lens properly fits the curve of your eye, your doctor will measure the curvature of the cornea or front surface of the eye. The curvature is measured with an instrument called a keratometer to determine the appropriate curve for your contact lenses.

What is the average eye size for contacts?

This number is usually between 13 mm and 15 mm, though it can be as small as 9mm if a rigid gas-permeable lens, and it determines where the lens will sit in your eye. When you wear a contact lens with the appropriate diameter, the lens will remain stable in your eye, i.e. hold its position.

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How much does it cost to get fitted for contacts?

Typically, the average cost of a contact lens exam ranging between $120-$250. The average cost of a regular eye exam will vary depending on where you live and the type of optometry office you visit. With that said, keep in mind these are averages. Contact lens fittings without insurance can start as low as $100.

How long does a contact fitting take?

Lenses will be placed on your eye and your doctor will use a biomicroscope to evaluate the position and movement of the lenses as you blink and look in different directions. You will also be asked how the lenses feel. For patient new to contact lenses, good comfort is usually achieved in about 15 minutes.

How do you know if your contacts don’t fit?

Top Signs of Contact Lens Discomfort

  • Stinging, burning and itchy eyes.
  • Abnormal feeling of something in your eye.
  • Excessive tearing.
  • Unusual eye secretions.
  • Eye redness.
  • Poor visual acuity.
  • Blurred vision or halos around objects.
  • Light sensitivity.

Can you get smaller contact lenses?

If you have small eyes, you do have options for contact lenses. If your eyes are small, you can choose a soft contact lens with a smaller diameter. This will make it easier for you to put the contacts in your eyes. … These are rigid lenses, but ones that are much smaller in diameter and are easier to get into your eyes.

What is the best base curve for a lens?

The most basic rule is that you always want the base curve to be as close to +6.00 as you can get and still have the Rx work. In theory +6.00 should always give you the best possible combination of curves for weight, optics, etc.

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Do you have to get fitted for contacts every year?

If you wear contacts, you need to see your eye doctor annually for an exam. Since contact lenses cover a portion of the eye they reduce the amount of oxygen getting to the cornea. … You may need a new contact lens exam if your prescription changes or want to be fitted for different types of contacts.

How many contacts come in a box?

Most boxes of contacts have 6 contact lenses in each box. There’s usually one box for your left eye and one box for your right eye unless you have the same prescription for both eyes – then it doesn’t matter.

Do you get contacts same day as exam?

In most cases, you’ll have the opportunity to try lenses on the same day as your exam. You may even go home with a few samples before making a final decision.

Can you shower with contacts in?

Avoid inserting your contacts before you shower or wash your face, since you risk exposing your lenses to tap water and the bacteria that come with it.

What happens at first contact appointment?

First, they will take a measurement to check the curve and diameter you are going to need in your lenses. Next, the eye doctor will take a measurement of your pupil and your iris. Finally, the eye doctor will make sure that your eyes make enough tears to keep your contacts moist.

Does contact lens fitting hurt?

During your fitting, be honest with your eye doctor about how the lenses feel. It can take a while to get used to wearing them, but you shouldn’t experience any discomfort during your appointment.

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