What happens in a contact lens test?

A contact lens exam will include both a comprehensive eye exam to check your overall eye health, your general vision prescription and then a contact lens consultation and measurement to determine the proper lens fit.

What should I expect at a contact lens exam?

First, they will take a measurement to check the curve and diameter you are going to need in your lenses. Next, the eye doctor will take a measurement of your pupil and your iris. Finally, the eye doctor will make sure that your eyes make enough tears to keep your contacts moist.

How long does a contact lens test take?

Although every eye test is different, you can expect to be with our eyecare professionals for about 30 minutes, during which time you’ll be asked about your lifestyle and particular reasons for wanting contact lenses.

Does a contact exam include glasses?

An eyeglass prescription is no substitute for a contact lens exam because the two are very different. An eyeglass prescription measures for lenses that are positioned approximately 12 millimeters from your eyes; whereas a contact lens prescription measures for lenses that sit directly on the surface the eye.

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How do I prepare for a contact lens fitting?

Before you can start your contact lens fitting, you’ll need an eye exam. Even those lucky enough to have perfect vision need at least an annual eye exam. That’s because during this process, your eye doctor will check for more than just your vision.

How long should I leave my contact lenses out before an eye test?

Having your lenses in during the exam can make it harder for them to determine the prescription you need. If you are going for a routine eye exam, it’s best to remove your contact lenses at least 2 hours before your scheduled appointment.

How long do eye tests last?

In the majority of cases, an eye test will take at least 20 to 30 minutes. Your vision is precious and getting regular check-ups with your optometrist will help to protect and preserve it by helping to monitor your overall eye health.

Do you wear contacts eye appointment?

Should I wear my contact lenses to the office for my eye examination? Yes, especially if you want the doctor to evaluate the fit and vision of the contact lenses in your eyes. You may be asked to take the contact lenses out of your eyes during the examination, so please also bring your glasses with you.

What to expect when wearing contacts for the first time?

You should expect to feel the edges of the lenses for the first few times that you put them in. But your eyes will soon become accustomed to the feeling of the contacts. Eventually you’ll be able to forget that they’re in place. If you experience irritation, then it’s possible your lenses are inside-out or dirty.

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Can I get eye exam and contact exam at the same time?

If you plan to wear contact lenses, you’ll need a separate eye exam because contact lenses are classified as medical devices. The good news is a contact lens exam can usually be performed at the same time as your comprehensive eye exam.

Are contacts bad for eyes?

Some of the possible serious hazards of wearing contact lenses are corneal ulcers, eye infections, and even blindness. Corneal ulcers are open sores in the outer layer of the cornea. They are usually caused by infections.

How much does a contact fitting cost?

Typically, the average cost of a contact lens exam ranging between $120-$250. The average cost of a regular eye exam will vary depending on where you live and the type of optometry office you visit. With that said, keep in mind these are averages. Contact lens fittings without insurance can start as low as $100.

Do I need a contact lens fitting if I already wear contacts?

Usually eye doctors prefer to assess the fit of the lens after you’ve worn it for a few hours. Most contacts look and feel great when they are first inserted, but after a few hours of wear can be very different. That is why in most cases a follow up contact lens check is important.

What is a contact lens evaluation fee?

There is a mandatory fee to be evaluated for contacts. This fee can range from $60 – $159 and is determined by the doctor based on the complexity of your prescription and the condition of your eye. You will be required to pay this fee up front on the day of your exam.

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