Contact Lens Exams

Every Contact Lens Prescription Is Unique

Here at Center Stage Optique, serving Chelsea and the West Village, we take pride in giving every patient the perfect vision correction within their budgets. We offer the latest technology and the finest curated design in eyeglasses, and we provide similar attention to our patients' personal needs and preferences in prescribing contact lenses. We want you to know what you can expect at your contact lens exam.

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Every contact lens exam begins with a comprehensive vision exam.

Even if you are only seeking correction for nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, it is important for your optometrist to check for emerging vision problems. The first step in getting contact lenses is a comprehensive vision exam to check the general health of your eyes as well as your need for vision correction. The doctor also checks for any issues that could interfere with the comfort of your contact lenses, and for any opportunities to improve your vision with contact lenses through programs such as orthokeratology, also known as ortho-k.

After your comprehensive vision exam, there will be a contact lens consultation.

Once your optometrist has covered eye health issues, you will have a chance to work with your eye doctor to customize your contact lenses to fit your lifestyle. Perhaps you have always wanted to have eyes of a different color. Your optometrist may be able to give you tinted contact lenses. Or perhaps you need vision correct for reading or work or hobbies that require exceptional near vision. Contacts are available as bifocals and progressive lenses. Or you may want contacts for weekend water sports, skiing, or outdoor recreation. All of these options are available in your contact lens consultation.

With contact lenses, one size does not fit all.

After your comprehensive eye exam and your contact lens consultation, then you will have a contact lens fitting. One size does not fit all when it comes to contact lenses. Your optometrist will check corneal curvature to make sure the contact lens fits the front surface of your eye. The doctor will measure the size of your iris, the colored portion of your eye. The doctor may use a slit lamp or an instrument known as a biomicroscope to make sure your contacts are the right width. It is also possible to check the width of your iris manually with a ruler or card. The doctor will do an evaluation of the stability of the film of tears lubricating your eyes to make sure you do not suffer dry eyes when you start wearing contacts. After all of these tests, the doctor may ask you to wear a pair of trial contact lenses for 15 to 20 minutes to make sure they work for you, before writing the prescription for your order.

Center Stage Optique provides just the contact lenses you need for your unique lifestyle.

An often unknown fact is that many contact lens wearers do not use contacts as their primary form of vision correction. They may only use contact lenses when they play sports. They may only wear contact lenses on weekends or at social events or when they are on center stage. Every patient has slightly different needs for a perfect fit. Finding the vision solution for your unique lifestyle is what Center Stage Optique does best. Request an appointment online or call us at (212) 933-1895. Our offices are convenient to Chelsea and the West Village at 45 7th Ave, New York, NY, 10011.

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