What does a Contact Lens Exam Consist of?

Apr 30, 2019


At MUIR DIABLO OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE, we understand the importance of maintaining optimal eye health, especially for individuals who rely on contact lenses for vision correction. A contact lens exam is an essential part of ensuring comfortable and effective use of contact lenses. In this article, we will outline the various components of a contact lens exam and shed light on its significance.

Why is a Contact Lens Exam Necessary?

A contact lens exam goes beyond a routine comprehensive eye exam as it focuses specifically on evaluating your eyes' suitability for contact lens wear. It is crucial to have a thorough examination before transitioning from glasses to contact lenses or changing your existing contact lens prescription.

A contact lens exam entails several essential steps that assess your eye health, measure your vision, and determine the correct type of contact lenses for your specific needs. By undergoing a contact lens exam at MUIR DIABLO OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE, you can trust that our team of experts will prioritize your eye health and ensure that you gain the maximum benefit from your contact lenses.

The Components of a Contact Lens Exam

1. Comprehensive Eye Examination

A contact lens exam begins with a comprehensive evaluation of your eye health. Our experienced optometrists will assess your ocular structures, test visual acuity, examine your cornea, and check for any underlying conditions or abnormalities that may affect contact lens wear.

During this examination, our professionals will also inquire about your general health, lifestyle, and specific vision needs to tailor the contact lenses to your unique requirements. The comprehensive eye examination sets the foundation for the subsequent steps of the contact lens exam.

2. Corneal Measurements and Topography

Next, our team will utilize advanced technology to precisely measure the curvature and size of your cornea. These measurements play a crucial role in determining the correct fit and type of contact lenses for your eyes.

Corneal topography may also be performed to create a detailed map of the cornea's shape, allowing our optometrists to identify any irregularities or conditions that may affect lens fitting and comfort. This step ensures that your contact lenses provide optimal vision correction and minimize the risk of complications.

3. Contact Lens Fitting

Based on the information gathered during the previous steps, our professionals will proceed with fitting you with contact lenses that suit your eye shape, visual needs, and lifestyle. The fitting process involves selecting the appropriate lens material, design, and parameters to ensure comfort, visual acuity, and long-term eye health.

The fitting session also includes demonstrating proper lens handling and care techniques, as well as discussing the importance of adherence to hygiene practices to prevent eye infections and maintain lens longevity. Our team will address any questions or concerns you may have regarding contact lens wear and maintenance.

4. Trial Period and Follow-up Visits

After receiving your new contact lenses, a trial period will allow you to experience their comfort, ease of use, and visual performance. Our team will schedule follow-up visits to assess your adaptation to the lenses, monitor your eye health, and make any necessary adjustments to optimize your experience.

During these follow-up visits, our optometrists will evaluate lens fit, visual acuity, and the overall condition of your eyes. It is crucial to attend these appointments to ensure the continuing health and success of your contact lens wear.


A contact lens exam at MUIR DIABLO OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE consists of a comprehensive evaluation of your eye health, precise corneal measurements, fitting with appropriate lenses, and follow-up visits to monitor your progress. Our commitment to your well-being and our expertise in eye care make us the ideal choice for your contact lens needs.

By prioritizing your eye health and investing in a contact lens exam, you can confidently enjoy the benefits of comfortable and clear vision while minimizing the risk of complications associated with improper lens fit or usage.

Visit MUIR DIABLO OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE today to schedule your contact lens exam and embark on your journey towards optimal eye health and vision clarity.

Chris Anderson
Really helpful information, thanks for sharing the details!
Oct 16, 2023