Cornea & Contact Lenses

At the Indiana University School of Optometry, contact lens examinations are provided in the Cornea and Contact Lens Service at the Atwater Eye Care Clinic. Comprehensive vision care, including the fitting and prescribing of contact lenses to correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism, and presbyopia (problem focusing at near after the age of 40). Contact lens care is routinely provided for all ages; preteens as young as 8 years old are often fitted with contact lenses to meet academic and athletic pursuits. The Cornea and Contact Lens Service also prescribes specialized contact lenses for individuals with corneal diseases such as keratoconus, following a corneal or refractive surgery procedure such as LASIK, or after corneal injuries and scarring.

The School of Optometry Cornea and Contact Lens Service faculty supervises third- and fourth-year optometry students, providing patients with a comprehensive visual examination to provide the most appropriate contact lenses based on eye health, lifestyle, and visual demands. The goal is to provide each patient with contact lenses that provide the best vision while maintaining comfort, convenience, and ocular health.

What to Expect at Your Appointment
  1. The Cornea and Contact Lens Service operates in a team approach with third- and fourth-year optometry students performing the exam under the direct supervision of experienced faculty. The faculty doctor will make the final decisions regarding the prescription, contact lens design and material, and, if needed, management of eye disease.
  2. The exam includes vision and eye health assessment. The prescription will be determined and suitable options presented for correction with contact lenses. The ocular health examination will include testing for eye diseases such as dry eye, keratoconus, glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration.
  3. A dilated eye exam is included as part of an annual examination. Eye drops will be used that enable the doctor to better evaluate the interior health of the eye, including the retina and optic nerve. An internal eye examination is particularly important for diabetic patients and patients with other ocular or systemic diseases.

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To schedule an appointment with the Cornea and Contact Lens Service, call 812-855-8912.