Contact Lens Exams in Austin, Texas
We offer comprehensive contact lens exams to ensure that our patients receive the best possible care for their vision needs.
Whether you’re a first-time wearer or an experienced contact lens user, our team of experienced optometrists will perform a thorough evaluation to determine the best type of contact lenses for your eyes.
What should you expect during a contact lens exam?
During the exam, our optometrists will review your medical history, evaluate your vision, and assess the health of your eyes to determine if contact lenses are a safe and viable option for you.
- Your eye doctor will evaluate the size and shape of your eyes and will also check for any eye health issues that may affect your comfort while wearing contact lenses.
- Your eye doctor will measure your cornea to determine the curvature and size of your contact lens and will also measure the size of your pupils. Astigmatism may require you to wear a toric lens (a special type of lens that counteracts flaws on the surface).
- Your eye doctor may also evaluate your tear film to determine if you have a condition known as dry eye disease, as this condition can impact your ability to comfortably wear contact lenses and may require a more specialized contact lens option.
If you are trying contacts for the first time, our friendly technicians will guide you through the process of inserting and removing them, as well as proper cleaning and maintenance.
Your eye doctor will prescribe contact lenses based on your eye health and vision needs. They may provide you with trial contact lenses and ask you to wear them for a week or so. You will then come back for a follow-up exam to ensure the contacts fit comfortably and provide you with clear vision.
Why is there a separate exam and fee to wear contact lenses?
There is a separate exam for contact lenses because additional testing is required to wear contact lenses. Contact lenses are classified as medical devices because they sit directly on the cornea, which is a sensitive and critical part of the eye. Wearing contact lenses can potentially cause irritation, infections, or other complications if not fitted properly. Additionally, the curvature of the cornea and the size of the pupil can vary significantly from person to person, which can affect the type and fit of contact lenses needed to provide optimal vision and comfort.
We offer a wide range of contact lens options, including daily disposable lenses, extended-wear lenses, toric lenses for astigmatism, and multifocal (bifocal) lenses. We also provide custom contact lenses for patients with unique eye shapes or conditions.
Eye anatomy, eye health, individual goals, and prescription type make contact lens evaluations and fittings different for every patient.
We look forward to helping you achieve clear, comfortable vision with contact lenses!
Can I sleep in my contacts?
Sleeping in contacts is not recommended, as it can increase your risk of an infection. There are some contacts that can be slept in and the doctor must evaluate the health of the eye regularly for signs that the eye is being deprived of much needed oxygen.
Can I use my eyeglass prescription to buy over-the-counter contact lenses?
Unfortunately not. Your eyeglass prescription only has the power part of the contact lens prescription. Contact lenses come in different curves and sizes and therefore must be fit to your eye.
Is it safe for me to clean my contact lenses with a homemade solution?
For the homemade solution to work properly, all the materials used must be completely sterile. This is absolutely essential and impossible to do at home.