Have you been thinking about getting contact lenses for the first time? Or do you currently wear contact lenses but it has been several years since you got a new contact lens prescription? In either case you will need to have a comprehensive contact lens exam before you purchase your new contact lenses. At Vision World we not only offer contact lens exams in Hempstead; you also can purchase new contact lenses at our optical store.
Contact lens exams in Hempstead, at Vision World, are very thorough and will take about an hour to complete. During a contact lens exam your eyes will undergo all the same testing that they undergo during a comprehensive eye exam — except there will be a few additional tests and measurements taken. This is because contact lens prescriptions are more complex than prescriptions for eyeglass lenses. Contact lens prescriptions not only contain information about the refractive powers needed by the lenses – they also contain information about the type of lens that should be ordered, and information about your eye’s curvature and other eye measurements.
During our contact lens exams in Hempstead your visual acuity will first be measured. If you have problems with nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism our optometrist will be able to write a contact lens prescription for you. Today it is easy to get comfortable contacts that work well, even if you have astigmatism. Bi-focal contacts are also available for patients who need reading glasses along with other vision correction. Your eyes will also be screened for many kinds of eye diseases and disorders including: glaucoma; dry eye syndrome; cataracts; macular degeneration; diabetic retinopathy; and other problems of the cornea, retina and macula. If you have certain eye conditions you may not be able to wear contacts until the eye condition is corrected or brought under control. The curvature of your eyes’ corneas will also be measured, as well as the size of your iris. All this will be taken into account when determining the best type and size lenses for you. Today most people are able to wear soft lenses and still have great vision. In the past, most patients with astigmatism needed hard lenses in order to see clearly. Soft lenses also come in daily wear, extended wear, and disposable options. Our optometrist will be able to help you decide on the best contact lens option for you. If you would like an appointment for a contact lens exam, contact our practice today.