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Contact Lens Exams at H.M. Calvert MD and Associates Locations in Clarksville, Franklin, TN and Bowling Green, KY
When you visit our optometrists in Clarksville, Franklin, or Bowling Green, our team will work with you, one-on-one to ensure you get the best level of care. If you are thinking about obtaining contact lenses, or you have them and you need an updated prescription, our eye doctors can help you. A contact lens exam is a bit different than your standard eye exam. This more in-depth exam looks at the health of your eyes, your vision levels, as well as the size and shape of your eyes to determine the best type of contact lens products for you.
What to Expect During Your Optometry Exam
You should have a traditional eye exam alongside your contact lens exam. This saves you time and money. A number of steps happen during this exam that allows eye doctors to gather information about your eyes.
- 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: As with a traditional eye exam, our eye doctors will look at the health of your eyes. He or she is looking for structural changes, tear production, inflammation, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts.
- Measurements: Using a special device placed next to your eye, our optometrists will take specific measurements to obtain the best fitting contact lens for you. This includes a cornea measurement, which is done using a keratometer to measure the curve of your eye. A pupil and iris measurement also occurs. A car is placed next to the eye to gather this information. Automated instruments can also be used.
- 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 lifestyle allows for this type of corrective lens.
Picking the Right Contact Lens with Our Clarksville, Franklin and Bowling Green Eye Doctors
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 description 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, Franklin and Bowling Green Optometrists to Set Up an Appointment for Your Eyes Today
Vision screening is important. Be sure to have your vision screened at least one time 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, Franklin, or Bowling Green.