Contact lens after care is not an eye examination. It may be a combination of the two. It is in fact a follow up eye examination, where ophthalmologists examine your eyes to see how contact lenses have affected your vision & eyes in general. Contact lens after care & follow ups are recommended once every year, unless you suffer from a typical vision disorder or are younger than 16 years of age.
What Happens in a Contact Lens Follow-up?
Contact lens follow ups help doctors analyze the general health of your eyes. From ruling out the possibility of any underlying infections that are as yet dormant to assessing the quality of tears are included in a doctor-patient contact lens follow up session.
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As a regular contact lens wearer, you are advised to allow enough time to let your contact lenses settle before you arrange an appointment with your doctor. Usually, after 3 hours of wearing contact lenses; your eyes show telltale signs of discomfort that only a doctor will be able to spot on. A contact lens follow up may include:
1. An eye test – To see if your prescription needs to be updated
2. Movement of Contact lenses on Cornea – To see how your eyes react against contact lenses. Contact lenses are meant to move on eyes, but not too much.
3. Quality of Tears – To see if your eyes are still producing enough quantity of tears to help lubricate your eyes. This test also helps sorting out the different modes of contact lens replacement. For instance; someone with dirty tear film needs daily disposable contact lenses.
Moreover, your eye doctor may ask you to remove your contact lenses. Doing so he will be able to analyze the performance of your eyes without contact lenses. Feel free to take along your contact lens solutions and lubricating drops if you have had suffered from red eyes, discomfort or eye sore. Depending on the health of your eyes and the ingredients mentioned on the product label; he will be able to find a link between infections and contact lenses (if any).
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Please remember that prescription of your glasses is different than prescription of your contact lenses. This is why; get a fresh prescription from your eye doctor whenever you plan to make a switch between the two counter parts for vision correction.