At Highland Family Eye Care, we have years of experience helping residents of Saint Paul, MN, select the perfect pair of contact lenses. If you’ve never had a contact lens exam, you are probably not sure what to expect when you visit our optometrist. To help you prepare, we’ve answered some of the most commonly asked questions we receive about contact lens exams.

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Can Anyone Wear Contact Lenses?

Contact lenses are a good option for most individuals that need help with their vision. However, contact lenses may not be right for everyone. If you struggle with chronic eye infections, severe dry eye, severe allergies, or need special glasses due to a certain eye condition, contact lenses may not be your best option.

Is a Contact Lens Exam the Same as an Eye Exam?

No, a contact lens exam and an eye exam are not the same. A contact lens exam is conducted in addition to an eye exam. The goal of the contact lens exam is to fit you for the right type of lenses and to ensure your new lenses work and fit correctly.

What Should I Expect at My Contact Lens Exam?

A contact lens exam will include both a comprehensive eye exam to check your general vision prescription and then a contact lens consultation and measurement to determine the proper lens fit. During this time, our team will also speak with you about your overall eye health to understand whether or not you suffer from dry eyes, allergies, or recurring eye infections. This will help determine if contact lenses are right for you and if so, what type. Finally, our doctor will discuss the best type of contact lenses for you and your lifestyle. Options include disposable lenses, weekly lenses, and monthly lenses.

What Is the Optometrist Measuring for During a Contact Lens Exam?

During your exam, we will first measure your eyes to check the curve and diameter you are going to need in your lenses. Next, we will measure your pupil and your iris.

How Often Should I Have a Contact Lens Exam?

If you wear contact lenses, you should have an exam annually. Not only must we check your prescription, but we must check the continued overall health of your eye.

How Long Does an Exam Take?

A contact lens typically lasts between 20 and 30 minutes.

Optometrist in Saint Paul, MN

If you are interested in contact lenses, Dr. Brian J. Snyder of Highland Family Eye Care in Saint Paul, MN is ready to assist you. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (651) 699-5400.