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Contact Lens Exams from Your Tacoma Eye Doctor

If your eyes have a refractive error that requires correction but you don't like the idea of wearing eyeglasses, you're probably planning to shop around for contact lenses in Gig Harbor and Tacoma. But before you can order and get fitted for effective, safe, comfortable contacts, there's another step you must complete first. That step is a contact lens exam -- and your Tacoma eye doctors at Family EyeCare Associates, Dr. Garlick or Dr. Hartman, will be happy to help.

Woman holding a contact lens showing it off to the world

Why Choose Contact Lenses in Tacoma?

People opt for contact lenses in Tacoma for a variety of reasons. For instance, you might feel that you simply don't like how you look in glasses, or perhaps you don't enjoy the feeling of something perched on your nose. Many people who lead active or high-impact lifestyles find glasses too fragile and impractical for their uses. Others simply like having a pair of Tacoma contact lenses on hand as an alternative to glasses.

Why You Need a Contact Lens Exam in Tacoma

A comprehensive eye exam and vision test checks your ocular health and function while also determining the degree of your farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism or presbyopia. If you already obtained a corrective prescription from an eye exam in University Place, you may be wondering why you can't simply get your contacts made from those results. While the basics of that prescription are indeed important, there are other factors that must be evaluated before you can wear contacts -- necessitating a separate contact lens exam in Tacoma. These factors include:

  • The exact dimensions of your pupils, irises, and corneas
  • Ocular health issues such as dry eye, keratoconus or giant papillary conjunctivitis
  • Complex or difficult refractive prescriptions
  • Your anticipated usage habits, including preferred duration of wear

What to Expect From Your Contact Lens Exam in Tacoma

Your contact lens exam in Tacoma will include a combination of optometry techniques and consultation. We will measure your eye structures as precisely as possible to ensure a good fit since your Tacoma contact lenses will rest on the cornea and must be centered over the pupil. A device known as a keratometer uses reflected light to measure basic corneal curvature, with an additional technique called corneal topography capturing every tiny irregularity on the corneal surfaces.

Determining the right contacts for your individual needs is another critical step. For instance, if you suffer from a particular eye or vision disorder, we may recommend specialized contact lenses in Tacoma. If you don't want to deal with cleaning and maintenance issues, we may recommend single-use disposal lenses. On the other hand, extended-wear lenses may be best for you if you don't like constantly removing and inserting contacts.

Schedule A Specialized Eye Exam in University Place with Family EyeCare Associates

Getting the right contact lenses in Gig Harbor or Tacoma starts with a contact lens exam. Call (253)566-2020 to schedule this specialized exam in University Place!