At Harpenden Eye Centre, we conduct contact lens consultations for both current and new contact lens users.
We recommend you have a contact lens consultation every 6 to 12 months, or more frequently if recommended by our optometrists. The contact lens consultation not only provides an accurate assessment of your ability to see through your contact lenses, but also gauges the general health of your eyes and identifies any complications that can arise as a result of contact lens wear, whether you wear daily, fortnightly, monthly or Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) contact lenses.
A comprehensive contact lens consultation takes around 25 minutes by one of our friendly, fully-qualified optometrists, who will tailor the consultation to your eyes’ specific needs.
A contact lens consultation involves the following:
•An assessment of your ocular health in relation to contact lens wear. The optometrist will look for any signs of complications as a result of wearing contact lenses, such as dry eyes or corneal abrasions
•A discussion about your current eyesight requirements and other health and lifestyle issues which may be relevant
•An assessment of your current contact lenses and their suitability, as well as some trial contact lenses should the optician recommend a change in brand or prescription
•An assessment of your eyesight to determine how well you can see with your contact lenses. Optometrists use the 'Letter Chart' which has letters of different sizes and is used to give a score of how well you can see
•The optometrist uses lenses of different strengths to determine if your eyesight through your contact lenses can be improved with a different prescription
•Advice about contact lens wear and care and the opportunity for you to ask any questions