Comprehensive Eye Exam

Contact Lens Fitting
and Examinations

Before you begin wearing your first pair of contacts, Prairie Eye Care will test your visual acuity and perform various tests to determine your eye health. You may be asked questions regarding your lifestyle and how you plan to wear the contact lenses, whether it will be on a daily basis or occasionally. The options of colored contacts and choosing between soft lenses or rigid gas permeable lenses will also be discussed, as well as how you may want to address vision problems that occur due to aging.

Contact Lens Prescriptions

Using these eye and contact lens assessments, your Winnipeg eye doctor will be able to provide you with a contact lens prescription. This prescription is different from your eyeglasses prescription because, while eyeglass lenses are positioned approximately 12 millimeters away from your eyes, contacts sit directly on the surface of the eyes. An improper fitting or inaccurate contact lens prescription may cause damage to the health of your eyes.

Contact Lens Fitting

Your doctor will measure your eye surface to determine what size and type of contacts would be most suitable for you. These measurements include the corneal curvature and pupil or iris size. A tear film evaluation may also be performed to make sure that you have enough tears to comfortably wear contacts. Your doctor will then provide you with a trial pair of contacts to try on and keep in your eyes for 15-20 minutes. During this time, the doctor will examine the fit, movement, and tear production in your eye.

If it appears to be a good fit, your contact lenses will be ordered, and you will be provided with care and hygiene instructions, as well as instructions on how to insert and remove the contacts, how long to wear them, and how to store them. A follow-up visit may be requested to check on how your eyes are adjusting to the lenses and to determine whether any changes are needed.

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