Get ready for your eye exam

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Lay the groundwork before you go

When scheduling your appointment, be sure to talk about the following, so you and your eye doctor can make the most of the time.

Share your vision history

Describe any new issues you’re experiencing and let them know if you currently wear glasses or contact lenses.

Ask for a contact lens fitting

A fitting is a different kind of appointment so let the office know that you are interested in contact lenses so they can schedule a fitting.

Things to bring

  1. Your current contact lenses or glasses, if you have them.
  2. Your vision and medical insurance cards (if applicable).
  3. Questions. Your eye doctor is there to help, so don't hold back. Here are some good starting points:

Questions to ask

  • How is the health of my eyes?
  • Have you detected any eye disease or risk of eye disease that I should treat or monitor?
  • How is my vision?
  • Is it possible for me to see more clearly?
  • Will my vision stabilize?
  • What are my vision correction options?

  • What's going to provide the best vision and the most flexibility given my activities and needs?
  • What are the advantages of trying both contact lenses and glasses? What situations are best for each?
  • What do I need to do to wear contact lenses safely?
  • Are there any long-term issues with wearing contacts?

Four steps to a typical contact lens fitting

  1. Eye health exam
    First and foremost, your eye doctor will review your medical and ocular history, assess eye health, check how well your eyes focus, and more.
  2. Contact lens eligibility
    Next, your doctor may perform a few more tests to make sure contacts are right for you. If so, your doctor may ask about your lifestyle to help pick a lens type.
  3. Fitting with lenses and learning to use them
    With the test results and your input, the doctor will recommend lenses to meet your individual needs. Then you'll be taught how to put on, take off and properly care for your lenses.
  4. Follow-up and prescription
    Especially if you are new to contact lenses, after an initial trial period, the doctor may have you return to make sure you're adjusting well to your new lenses and make changes if necessary. If all is well, they will release a prescription so you can order a supply of contact lenses.


Always wash hands thoroughly before handling contact lenses.

Important information for contact lens wearers: ACUVUE Contact Lenses are available by prescription only for vision correction. An eye care professional will determine whether contact lenses are right for you. Although rare, serious eye problems can develop while wearing contact lenses. To help avoid these problems, follow the wear and replacement schedule and the lens care instructions provided by your eye doctor. Do not wear contact lenses if you have an eye infection, or experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, redness or other eye problems. If one of these conditions occurs, remove the lens and contact your eye doctor immediately. For more information on proper wear, care and safety, talk to your eye care professional, call 1-800-843-2020, or download the Patient Instruction Guides.



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