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The Importance of an Annual Contact Lens Exam by An Eye Doctor for the Philadelphia Community

At your preferred Philadelphia eye care center, our optometry team at Trend Eye Care know the importance of regular eye exams. Contact lens users require a special kind of exam, and getting that annual exam is particularly important, because you wear your corrective lenses directly on your eyes. Your doctor of optometry will make sure your eyes are in good health, ensure you are taking good care of your eyes and being hygienic with your contact lenses, and will recommend new types of lenses if your eye exam reveals a need for a change. Those who wear contact lenses may be more susceptible to dry eye than other people who do not wear them, and that, as well as eye infections of all kinds and seasonal eye allergies, can be discussed and treated at your annual contact lens exam.

The exam involves measuring your visual acuity through a series of lenses that will make things appear blurry or sharp to you, examining your eye health with a glaucoma test and a slit lamp test (looking into your eyes with a bright light while the pupils are dilated), and measuring your eyes so you are prescribed the correct fit of contact lenses.

woman putting a contact lens in her eye

Are Contact Lenses Right for You?

If you are a first time contact lens wearer (or hope to be), your initial exam will determine if contact lenses are the right vision correction device for you. Your evaluation will include measuring your vision and determining what type and strength of lens you need to see clearly, then consulting with one of our eye doctors on whether contact lenses can meet your vision correction needs. It will also be determined if your eyes are healthy enough for contact lenses, and if you are a good candidate for being responsible about keeping your eyes and lenses clean. We will also help you determine if you can wear them, as some people have a difficult time touching their eyes, which is required if you are going to wear contact lenses.

Our Philadelphia Optometrists Can Help You Navigate the Different Types of Contact Lenses

There are a variety of contact lens types, and our optometrists will help you determine which one is best for you. Your eye condition (and any health issues to do with your eye or eyes), vision correction needs, lifestyle, and personal preference are all taken into consideration when choosing a lens. You may be prescribed a soft lens, a hard lens, lenses that need to be changed daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, and/or specialty contact lenses. Specialty contact lenses can include things like cosmetic lenses to change to color or appearance of your eyes, bifocal lenses, and lenses that are smaller than average (for young patients who are still growing).

What to Do Next? Schedule a Contact Lens Eye Exam at Either One of Our 2 Optometry Clinics Serving Northern Liberties, Fishtown, Olde Kensington, Old City, Fairmount, Spring Garden, Logan Square, Society Hill, Penn's Landing, and many more 

Call Trend Eye Care to make an appointment for your contact lens exam. Remember, it is important for your overall eye health to get annual eye exams, and you need a special type if you wear contact lenses. We are here to provide you with the quality eye care you need and deserve. Our optometry team are looking forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the Trend Eye Care family.

You can contact us at:

Trend Eye Care In Northern Liberties
180 W. Girard Ave, 5
Philadelphia PA 19123
(215) 554-6222

To serve you better, and make getting your annual contact lens exam more convenient for you, we have another location in the Temple University area. You can reach us at our Temple University office at:

Trend Eye Care near Temple University
1501 N. Broad St #7
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(215) 866-1742