The contact lens exam is usually a part of the monthly eye examination procedure but some optometrists like to order it separately. For those that prefer to have it, there are some pointers to help make the experience as painless and easy as possible. Some tips include reminding oneself that eye exams should not be a nuisance and should be considered a necessary evil. It is an unavoidable part of taking care of your eyes; you cannot avoid it and hoping for the best would only lead to a lifetime of discomfort and eye strain.
Contact Lens Exam
After receiving the proper eye exam, you can expect to be fitted with your contact lens so that you can go home and start using your new lenses. It is best to remember that these are new contacts that you will be putting into your eyes and it is best that you are ready to adjust to them right away. If you do forget to pack anything to take with you when you leave, there are some small items you can bring that includes your prescription, replacement contact lens and some instructions on how to properly insert them. These items will help reduce any anxiety or pain that you may feel during the contact lens exam. Some optometrists like to give their patients a small pen and paper to jot down important details such as the time you had your eye exam, the brand of contact lens that you have and the type of eye movements that you make during the exam.
A few days before your scheduled contact lens exam, you should start making an effort to observe the color, size and shape of your eyes. This will help prepare you for the exam by giving you an idea if you need to use your glasses or contacts. You may also want to ask a family member or close friend to observe your eye color. This will also help give you an idea about the amount of time you will need to wear your contact lens.