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Eyeglasses can do a spectacular job of correcting common refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia and astigmatism. But if you lead an extremely active life, play contact sports or simply don't want to perch a pair of glasses on your nose all the time, you will most likely want to get contact lenses -- which means getting a separate contact lens exam to ensure that your contacts fit correctly and comfortably, correct your vision as precisely as possible and suit your health and lifestyle requirements. Here at Shreveport Eye Clinic, any ophthalmologist on our experienced team will be happy to administer this type of exam.
If you've recently had a prescription for corrective lenses created or updated, then you may not need a fresh vision exam -- you can simply bring that prescription and/or your current pair of glasses to your contact lens exam in Shreveport. (It's worth noting that this exam is typically billed separately and is not necessarily covered by your insurance plan.) If it's been a while since you had your vision tested, we need to evaluate it again to make sure we have a valid vision correction prescription before we move forward.
Precise measurements of the cornea, irises and pupils of both eyes must be made in order to produce contact lenses that will fit comfortably, without harming the eye, and correct refractive errors with optimal precision. Keratometry and corneal topography give us an accurate understanding of your corneal contours, while pupil gauges and other instruments help us collect the other data.
We also need to think about how your specific vision correction needs will affect your contact lens selection. For instance, if you require multifocal eyeglasses due to presbyopia, you'll need multifocal contact lenses as well. Patients with giant papillary conjunctivitis, an irritation caused by the body's own proteins, will want contacts that can be replaced frequently such as single-use disposable lenses. People with keratoconus, a cone-like bulging of the corneas, may need scleral lenses that "vault" completely over the corneas.
We will also examine your eye health to determine what kind of contact lenses will do the best job for you. Tear film evaluations can tell us whether your eyes will need some extra help from lenses constructed of moisture-retaining materials. Severe refractive errors may call for rigid gas permeable lenses, which can provide superior vision correction, instead of "soft" lenses.
Lifestyle is another matter to be discussed with your Shreveport ophthalmologist. If you don't have time to bother with regular lens cleaning and maintenance and can get good results from soft lenses, we may suggest single-use disposable contacts. If you hate constantly putting in or taking things out of your eye, extended-wear contacts can minimize this hassle for you.
If you need a contact lens exam in Shreveport, we're the place to get it. Call Shreveport Eye Clinic today at 318-861-4009 schedule an appointment!