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What does a doctor do during a contact lens fitting?

What does a doctor do during a contact lens fitting?

Lots!: Measures refraction and detects astigmatism. Measures corneal curvature for lens base curve and checks for dry eye or other eye conditions which would render contact lens use difficult. ...Read more

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Dr. Tim Conrad
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Contact Lens Use (Definition)

A contact lens is a thin plastic or glass lens that is fitted over the colored part of the eye. It may be used for corrective, cosmetic, or therapeutic purposes. ...Read more


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What tests are performed for a contact lens fitting?

What tests are performed for a contact lens fitting?

Fitting: A contact fitting includes instruction or review of proper insertion, removal, cleaning, storage and replacement intervals; a measurement of the curvature of the cornea; review of the visual expectations and how the contacts will meet these; selection of the initial contact lens parameters and finally adjustment of contact lens fit and power to meet the patient's goals. ...Read more

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How to get contact lens prescription without a contact lens fitting?

How to get contact lens prescription without a contact lens fitting?

Not recommended: I would not recommend this. Your eyes are so precious, why would you want to take a chance on them? Make sure you get the right kind for your eyes. Make sure there is nothing wrong with them too. Save up a little more and get them fitted the right way. Your eyes are worth it! ...Read more

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Is there any website where i can order contact lens without need doctor's approval?

Likely: Even though it is illegal to dispense contact lenses without a prescription in the United States, I have had many patients who were able to obtain them through the internet without a prescription. I do not recommend this practice. There is a reason contact lenses require a prescription: they provide a risk to your eyes. ...Read more

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Why does my contact lens prescription change so much every time I go to the doctor?

As you grow: Very often, as we grow, our eyes grow too, and become more nearsighted. This usually stops in our late teens or early 20'a. ...Read more

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Do ophthalmologists do both eye exams and contact lens exams? If not, what type of doctor does?

Do ophthalmologists do both eye exams and contact lens exams? If not, what type of doctor does?

Some do contacts ..: Some don't. Most general ophthalmology practices routinely do contact lens fitting, but it is important to call and confirm prior to scheduling. There are optometrists who do contact lens examination. ...Read more

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Can an eye doctor know your contact lens prescription just by looking at your glasses?

Can an eye doctor know your contact lens prescription just by looking at your glasses?

To some degree: If your glasses prescription is known, your contact prescription should be as well. If the eye doctor just looks at the glasses with his/her naked eye, he/she may get a rough idea of your prescription. If they look at the glasses with a lens meter, he/she will know the glasses' exact prescription, and have a good idea of the contact prescription based on that. ...Read more

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Will the eye doctor give me a contact lens prescription if it's my first time wearing a corrective lense?

Yes: Yes if your correction is amenable to contacts. Your doctor will also check the health of your eye to see if your eye would tolerate wearing a contact lens. ...Read more

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