Many people prefer contacts because they don’t clash with outfits, and they move with the eye. Like eyeglasses, they require proper fitting to ensure comfortable wear. When contact lenses don’t sit properly on your eyes, you might not see as clearly or may experience discomfort.
If you’ve never had contacts before or are considering switching to another type of lens, you might not know what to expect during your fitting appointment. Here’s what usually happens when you visit your eye care provider to get new contacts.
What to Expect During Your Appointment
At the beginning of your contact lens fitting appointment, your optometrist will ask questions about your medical and eye history. They will ask if you have allergies and current eye problems. Your specialist will want to know if you’ve previously had issues with contact lenses.
Next, they will conduct a thorough eye examination. It can include checking your vision with and without corrective lenses, assessing your eye health and measuring the cornea. The test results will help determine the ideal type of lens for you.
Once they have decided which lenses suit your needs, they will show you how to put them in and take them out. Your optometrist will also give you care tips and explain what to do if you experience problems with your contact lenses.
How to Ensure a Good Fit
Follow the instructions that come with your contact lenses. Seek assistance from your optometrist if you’re unsure how to insert or remove them. Never try to change the prescription of your lenses yourself. Doing so can result in discomfort. Only your optometrist can determine if your vision has changed.
Good hygiene is essential to avoid eye infections. Always clean and dry your hands before handling contact lenses. Clean and disinfect your contacts regularly, and only use the recommended solution.
What Happens If Your Lenses Don’t Fit Well
Your contacts might feel like they are constantly moving out of place if they don’t fit well. If they are too tight, your eyes might become red or painful. Poor fitting can also sometimes cause serious eye infections.
See your eye doctor immediately if you experience issues with your contact lenses. Your optometrist can adjust the fitting if necessary or prescribe different lenses. Dr. Joel McGahen is ready to assist with your vision and eye care needs. Call us at (717) 264-4012 or complete our online form to set an appointment. We help patients in Chambersburg, PA, and nearby communities.