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Posted on 12-07-2015

Preparing for Your Contact Lens Exam

If you are interested in getting contact lenses, or if you wear contact lenses and are in need of a new pair, you will need contact lens exam. At Broadway Vision Center at 170th, we will be happy to help you get fitted for contacts at our clinic, ensuring you have a proper fit and clear vision with your contact lenses. A contact exam is a little bit different than a normal glasses exam, so here's what you can expect when you visit our Manhattan clinic.

What to Expect from Your Optometrist

woman receiving eye examBecause contact lenses sit on your eye, rather than in front of it like glasses, you can't simply find your prescription and get those lenses. You need to ensure that your contacts properly fit the shape of your eye. When you visit us for a contact lens exam, we will first determine if your eyes are healthy enough to wear contacts. Certain conditions may be made worse with contacts or may prevent you from wearing them.

If you are a good candidate, we will then fit the contacts to your eyes and your needs. This is a crucial step, because everyone's eyes are shaped just a little differently. Our goal is to ensure a proper fit for clear vision and excellent comfort.

Our optometrist will talk to you about your contact lens care to ensure you are properly caring for your lenses to keep your eyes healthy. If you need help learning how to properly insert your lenses, we will provide that help as well. We will discuss how long you should wear your lenses and how you should store them. We will also help determine which type of lens will be the best fit for your lifestyle.

Types of Contact Lenses

The majority of the patients who visit our Washington Heights eye clinic choose semi-permeable lenses. These soft lenses are designed to allow gases to flow through the lenses into the eye. Hard contacts are still available, but rarely used because of their risks.

Contacts also come in a variety of wear types. Some are daily wear, which you will wear for one day and then discard. Extended wear lenses are worn for about a week and then replaced. Some contacts are designed to be removed nightly and replaced less frequently. We will help you determine which type of lens is right for you.

Contact Broadway Vision Center at 170th for Comprehensive Eye Care in Manhattan

If you are interested in contact lenses, or have other questions about your eye health, contact the team at Broadway Vision Center at 170th. We will work hard to meet all of your eye and vision care needs, helping keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear under the watchful care of our New York optometrist, Dr. Charles Gold. Contact us today to schedule your contact lens exam.

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