Should you wear contact to an eye exam?

Discussion in 'Contact Lenses' started by saugilsr, May 14, 2005.

  1. saugilsr

    saugilsr Guest

    My girlfriend just went to have hers eyes examined at a new optomitrist
    (sp).
    However, she was told that she was supposed to take her contacts out 24
    ours before coming for the exam. Now she's been wearing contacts for a
    while and has never come across this before.
    She didn't ask why this was (she was a little anoyed at not being
    informed).

    Why would one need to remove their contacts 24 hours before getting an
    eye exam?
     
    saugilsr, May 14, 2005
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  2. saugilsr

    drfrank21 Guest


    It's really doctor preference and what type of exam (ie. getting refit
    with cl's versus only getting a spectacle prescription)a patient is
    getting. Myself, I prefer the patient coming in with their contacts
    on so I can evaluate the fit of the cl's and such. But I've seen
    other docs prefer patients coming in without their cl's.

    frank
     
    drfrank21, May 14, 2005
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  3. For me, it depends on whether or not the patient intends to get new
    glasses prescribed. If they do, I like the CLs off at least for the day
    of the exam (so at least 8 hours, 24 seems excessive to me). If they
    are just renewing CL Rx, I prefer them to be wearing lenses if the
    lenses are in relatively good shape. I don't much care to examine
    through old grungy lenses.

    w.stacy, o.d.
     
    William Stacy, May 14, 2005
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