Eye Doctor in Clarksville, TN
Contact Lens Exams
When switching from glasses to contacts, it’s important to choose the right style and brand. A type of lens that is comfortable for one of our patients might not be comfortable for you. That’s why we offer a wide range of styles for you to choose from.
Contact our team today and find out more information about our lens options. Because some patients may require specialty contacts, we offer bifocal, toric and custom lenses. Get your prescription updated by contacting a member of our friendly team.
What to Expect During Your Optometry Exam
We want our patients to feel comfortable in our office. That’s why we’d advise you to read a little bit about what to expect at your exams. If you have any questions, feel free to ask a team member.
- Refractive Errors: Our eye doctors will work with you to determine your eyewear prescription. No matter if you select eyeglasses or contact lens products, you will have the same testing process to determine what your refractive error or prescription is. This portion of the exam involves placing various lenses in front of your eyes to determine which improves your vision. You’ll also need to read letters on a chart on the wall.
- Eye Health: Our team may start your appointment by asking you a series of questions about your health history. This helps us know if you are at risk for any hereditary conditions. Next, we’ll ask if you have any concerns about your vision. If you frequently experience eye pain or spotted vision, this is the opportunity for you to tell our team about it. We’ll take your concerns into considerations and look for any possible problems.
- Your Prescription: After we assess the health of your eyes, we will use special equipment to determine your prescription. We do this by performing vision exams, shining a special light in your eyes and by using special machines. Don’t worry, it’s easy and pain-free. Mostly, we will ask you questions as we look at your eyes. All you have to do is sit back and give us a few basic answers about what you see.
- Measurements: After we’ve determined your eyeglass and contact prescription, we’ll use a special device to measure your eyes and ensure your lenses will fit. It’s important to get accurate measurements. Otherwise, your contacts might not fit the way you’d like. This can lead to discomfort and dissatisfaction. Because of this, our team takes extra care to take exact measurements.
- Eye surface and content lens fit: The next step will be done using a biomicroscope. This lighted instrument helps to magnify the view of the cornea and tissues in your eye. It allows the doctor to determine if you have any concerns with the surface of your eye that may prevent the use of contact lenses.
Thorough testing like this is important. Not only does it tell our eye doctors what type of contact lens to use, but also if your lifestyle allows for this type of corrective lens.
Picking the Right Contact Lens
Once the eye exam is complete, our optometry exam will then look at the type of contact lens right for you. Some options include:
- Soft lenses made of a gel-like substance
- Silicone hydrogel lenses that improve oxygen to the cornea
- Gas permeable lenses, rigid lenses that are porous to allow oxygen to move through them
- Daily or extended wear, a prescription based on whether you will remove the contact lens at night (Continuous wear lenses may be used as long as 30 nights in a row)
- Contact lens design such as spherical, bifocal, othro-K, or toric lenses
In addition to these options, you may benefit from custom lenses, hard-to-fit contacts, special effect lenses, or colored lenses. Special contact lenses are available for dry eyes as well.
Call our Clarksville or Franklin Offices to Set Up an Appointment for Your Eyes Today
Vision screening is important. Be sure to have your vision screened at least once a year. Our contact lens exams are not necessarily much longer, but they are more thorough. For an appointment with our optometrists, call our offices in Clarksville or Franklin