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Our optometrists can perform your next contact lens exam in West Des Moines at Lock Family Eye Care. With the advancements in contact lens technology, an increasing number of individuals are now able to wear contact lenses comfortably, even if they were told they would not be good candidates for contact lenses.
Getting your exam for contact lenses can be performed in conjunction with your annual comprehensive exam or as a stand-alone exam if you have already had an annual eye health exam with our Waukee optometrist.
At Lock Family Eye Care, our eye doctor will ask you which types of lenses you might prefer, if you have ever worn contacts before and if you have any eye conditions or diseases, like dry eyes or keratoconus, that might make your eyes hard-to-fit.
Our eye doctor will determine the amount of vision correction you need by having you read a Snellen Eye Chart while various lens powers are placed in front of your eyes. Your cornea will also be measured to ensure your new lenses fit correctly. Once your vision needs and fit have been determined, our optometrist will test a pair of sample lenses in your eyes. Once the lenses are in your eyes, you will be asked to blink and move your eyes to ensure the lenses do no move or slip out of place.
After your contact lens exam, our eye doctor will order your new lenses. Once they arrive, our eye doctor will ask you to schedule a second appointment to ensure your new lenses fit correctly and provide you with the desired vision correction.
If you are nearsighted, farsighted or have a mild astigmatism, our optometrists may recommend soft or hard lenses are generally recommended. Soft contacts are considered the most comfortable to wear. Hard contacts can provide individuals with clearer vision than soft contact lenses, but they require an adjustment period since they can be felt in the eyes. If you have a moderate to severe astigmatism, we may recommend toric lenses. Toric lenses are soft contacts that are weighted at the bottom to prevent rotation.
Certain eye conditions, like dry eyes, GPC, keratoconus and presbyopia, may require hard to fit contacts, which include scleral and hybrid lenses.
Scleral lenses are hard lenses that sit on the white part of the eye. The center of the lens extends over the cornea. These types of lenses generally work well for individuals with keratoconus, GPC and dry eyes.
Hybrid lenses work well for individuals with astigmatism, keratoconus, nearsightedness and farsightedness. These lenses have a hard center that is surrounding by soft contact lens material, which makes them more comfortable to wear than hard lenses.
To schedule your contact lens exam with our optometrists, serving West Des Moines and Waukee, call Lock Family Eye Care today at 515-267-1312!
101 Jordan Creek Pkwy # 12190 West Des Moines, IA 50266
*M-F, we take the last appointment at 5:40pm