Contact lenses are a form of eyewear that correct your vision. They are an alternative to wearing eyeglasses. These aren't a prevention mechanism to preserve your vision, but they correct your vision as your wearing them. If you want to wear contacts, you first need to get an eye exam. At Springfield Opticians, serving Holmes, Springfield, and Chadds Ford, PA, our optometrist provides eye exams to determine if contacts are a good fit for you. We can then prescribe the right contact lenses for you.
How Contacts Work
Contacts work by altering the way light enters your eye. They redirect it, so the light shines on your retina rather than above or below your retina. As a result, you're able to see more clearly. Contacts won't work for the prevention of worsening vision problems or eye health problems, though. They work in the same manner glasses do, but they're more natural looking.
There are many types of contacts you can choose from. You will need a special prescription for your contacts as well. For instance, contacts for nearsightedness and different from farsightedness. Our eye doctor will determine your prescription.
Additionally, if you have an eye health condition, you may need special lenses that are different from traditional lenses. We offer bifocal, trifocal, and toric lenses, which work for those with astigmatism. This condition occurs when your eyes aren't perfectly round. Since they're more shaped like a football, the light doesn't reflect on your retina properly. These lenses have a special shape and multiple meridians of vision correction to optimize your eyesight.
What to Expect During a Contact Lens Exam
During your contact lens exam, our eye doctor will ask you to look into the lenses of a phoropter. The lenses pull down and in front of your face. Our optometrist will adjust the lenses, so you see different lines of letters. You find which one you can see the clearest. Based on the results, our optometrist can tell what power of contact lenses you need.
Additionally, part of your contact lens exam will also include an astigmatism test. For this test, you have to identify which picture is clearest out of two pictures.
Eye exams also include an eye health exam to ensure you don't have any eye problems that could interfere with you wearing contacts comfortably.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Optometrist in Springfield, PA Today
If you are interested in wearing contacts, you will need a contact lens exam and eye exam. At Springfield Opticians in Holmes, Springfield, and Chadds Ford, PA, our eye doctor provides eye exams and a variety of contact lenses. We will determine what form of corrective eyewear is right for you. Our goal is to keep your eyes and vision at their best. Call us today to schedule an appointment.