Choosing to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses for vision correction mostly depends on personal preferences. Lifestyle, comfort, convenience, budget, and aesthetics should all factor into your decision-making process. Before deciding between glasses and contact lenses, our Chandler vision care experts want you to keep in mind that one is not necessarily better than the other; each has its pros and cons in terms of vision, ease of us, and eye health. In fact, the prescription eye exams will differ depending on if you want contact lenses or eyeglasses.
A routine eye exam is not the same as a contact lens exam. For contact lens wearers, a contact lens exam is necessary to ensure the lenses are fitting both eyes properly and that the health of the eyes is not harmed by the contact lenses. If you wear or want contacts, you will need a contact lens exam in addition to a comprehensive eye exam. Our Chandler vision care experts will perform special tests during a contact lens exam to evaluate your vision with contacts. One test, for example, will measure your eye surface to determine what size and type of contacts are best for you. With the results of the tests, our eye doctor can provide a contact lens prescription that is the right fit for your eyes. An improper fitting or prescription of contacts can damage the health of the eyes. Rigid or hard contact lenses, also called gas-permeable lenses, are a shrinking segment of the industry, but our eye doctors still have a large number of patients who wear them. Soft contact lenses are the most frequently prescribed and purchased at our optometry office. This is due to their tremendous comfort, and are now even available for patients with astigmatism and dry eyes. Once you’ve decided between hard or soft lenses, however, there still are many different types to choose from. There are daily wear lenses, extended wear lenses, and disposable lenses. Color-changing lens which, as the name suggests, change the color of your iris, are also an option, even if vision correction is not required.
So if you prefer hard or soft, extended wear or daily disposable, it is important to first consult our optometry and vision center on which style of contact lenses are best suited for your particular prescription, eye shape, and specific needs. If you would like to learn more about the types of contact lenses our Chandler vision care experts have to offer, we recommend that you visit our practice’s main website to browse through some additional, detailed information that you might find useful. If you have any specific questions or concerns regarding contact lenses exams, or any of our other services, please do not hesitate to contact the staff here directly at San Tan Eye Care.