Differences between Comprehensive Eye Exams & Contact Lens Exams

Here at Yardley Eye Care, our optometrists in Yardley offer both comprehensive eye exams and contact lens exams. The type of exam you need will depend on when you had your last eye examination and your corrective lens needs.

Comprehensive Eye Exam VS Exams for Contact Lenses

Comprehensive eye exams are an in-depth vision and eye health exams that test your visual acuity and for certain eye diseases. Exams for contacts, by contrast, only check your visual acuity and fit you for contact lenses.

Comprehensive Eye Exams

When you schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam, you can expect your visual acuity, depth perception, and peripheral vision to be tested. You’ll also undergo an eye pressure test for glaucoma.

These exams also include a dilated eye examination to check the back of your eyes. This allows our eye doctor to check your retina, macula and optic nerve for signs of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy and problems with the retina.

If you have any eye health problems, our optometrist will explain the finding and recommend a course of treatment along with monitoring. If any problems with your visual acuity are found, you will be given a prescription for eyeglasses.

Contact Lens Exams and Evaluations

Contact lens exams and evaluations include two appointments. These exams do not include an eye health examination beyond a glaucoma test and tests for conditions that would affect your ability to wear contacts.

  • First Appointment – Your first appointment for a contact lens evaluation with our eye doctor includes a visual acuity test via a Snellen eye chart, vision correction testing, evaluation and measurement of the cornea to determine the type and size of the contact lens to be used.  Trial contact lenses will be put on the eyes and your vision re-assessed.  This evaluation may or may not be done at the same time as your annual comprehensive exam.   If this is your first time wearing contact lenses, you will be instructed on the proper wear and care and taught techniques for insertion and removal of the lenses.
  • Second Appointment – Your second appointment is scheduled after you have been given the opportunity to wear your new contact lenses for a period of time.   This appointment double-checks the fit of your lenses and your corrected vision and to ensure that you are happy with the comfort and vision with the lenses.

Scheduling Your Eye Care Exam with Our Optometrist

If you are unsure as to which type of exam you need, our optometrist would be happy to answer your questions. In general, you need a comprehensive eye examination every 12 months, and you need a contact lens exam every 12 months or when your last contact lens prescription expires.

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