Contact lenses still remain a very popular alternative to eyeglasses, and the standard eye exam for eyeglasses will also be performed by our Healdsburg optometrist, when you choose contact lenses over glasses. At Dr. Shipley & Associates, we will test your visual clarity using an eye chart, while also determining if you have any refractive errors (blurry vision) that prevent your eyes from focusing light properly. Once the standard exam is complete, your eyes will be measured to make sure that lenses will sit correctly over your corneas. Our Healdsburg optometrist may also ask you to wear trial lenses during the visit to see how your eyes handle them. We can provide you with various contact lens choices, including multifocal, bifocal, rigid or soft lenses and you also have the option to change the color of your eyes with colored lenses. Once we are both comfortable with the direction you want to take with your contact lenses, our doctors will perform several more tests to evaluate your eyes to assure proper fitting.
Because a contact lens rests on the cornea when inserted into your eye, the curvature of your cornea must be measured exactly to guarantee an ideal and healthy fit. Another important test that will be done by our Healdsburg optometrist is the slit lamp exam. Although this test is performed during a regular eye exam as well, our doctor may spend more time doing a slit lamp exam for a contact lens wearer. From time to time, certain medical eye problems are found during this test that must be treated before continuing with the fitting.
A visual acuity test will also be performed, after diagnostic lenses are placed onto your eyes, to determine how well a contact lens corrects your vision. If you’ve never worn contact lenses, our well-educated staff will teach you the proper way to insert, remove and disinfect your new lenses. Our experts will stress how important cleanliness and disinfection are when it comes to your lenses. Most of our patients wear their new contact lenses for a week before returning for a follow-up visit when our Healdsburg optometrist will review the contact lenses and solve any potential problems. Fitting contact lenses is a precise procedure that requires the level of expertise you will find at Dr. Shipley & Associates. If you are visiting us to request contact lenses for the first time, we will give you a thorough evaluation to make certain you are a good candidate for wearing contacts. Because there are so many lens choices, our educated doctors will listen closely to your goals and choose the lens that best suits your lifestyle.