How to get contact lenses

Getting a contact lens prescription can be stress-free when you know what to expect. We've put together some of the milestones so you can navigate the experience like a pro, starting with some actions you can take to get the ball rolling.

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Get ready for your appointment

Find out what to expect and what questions you may want to ask your eye doctor

The appointments you'll need—now and later

Once you’ve found a doctor, there are three appointments you should expect to put on your calendar. Each is intended to make sure your lenses are comfortable, work well and keep your eyes healthy.

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Contact fitting

Your first contact lens fitting will likely take longer than a typical eye exam, so make sure you let your doctor's office know you're interested in contact lenses when you book your exam. At the appointment, your doctor will check your vision and eye health and measure the size and shape of your eye so that your contacts fit just right. Ask how to receive a free* trial pair of lenses, and your doctor's office will show you how to put on, take off, and care for your lenses. Don't hesitate to ask any questions you have!

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Follow-up visit

After about a week of getting used to your contacts, you'll return to your doctor's office to be sure they are a good fit, healthy for your eyes, and working as expected. If all is well and you're loving your lenses, you’ll get a prescription and can usually take home a supply that day. Make sure you discuss any questions or concerns you have.

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Annual exam

Regular exams help to ensure that your eye health, vision, and your lenses are at their best. Prescriptions can change, even if the change hasn't been obvious to you. We've also put together some things you can do in between appointments to keep your eyes happy and healthy.


Frequently asked questions

I've been told I have astigmatism. Can I still wear contact lenses?

There are indeed contact lenses made specifically to correct astigmatism. Talk to an eye doctor to find out if contacts can be a good fit for your vision problems, and if so, they may prescribe you some. For now, browse ACUVUE contacts for astigmatism to see what options we offer.

If I've had LASIK or another refractive surgery, can I still wear contact lenses?

It's not uncommon to ask a doctor if you can wear contacts after LASIK. LASIK surgery permanently alters the shape of your eye, but doesn't always provide completely clear vision. For instance, it doesn't prevent presbyopia (the normal aging of your eye that makes it hard to see up close) so you may still need vision correction at some point. If your doctor feels you need vision correction after LASIK surgery and that contact lenses are appropriate, ask them if ACUVUE contact lenses could be a good choice.

How old do I have to be to wear contact lenses?

Lots of teens (and even some pre-teens) wear contact lenses. It's more about responsibility and attitude than age since they require care and cleanliness. Seeing an eye doctor will help you figure out whether contact lenses are right for you. Daily disposable contacts can be a good option for new and younger contact lens wearers since they don't require cleaning or disinfection.

Should I see an optometrist or ophthalmologist for contacts?

Either an optometrist or ophthalmologist can fit contacts and provide prescriptions. It's more common for contact lenses to be prescribed by optometrists who provide primary care eye health and vision services, including eye exams and prescribing vision corrections. That said, contacts can also be prescribed by ophthalmologists, though they tend to specialize in treating eye disease and performing ocular surgeries.

Where to buy colored contacts?

First, you need to visit an eye doctor, who can provide you with a prescription for a brand that is right for your eyes. Only purchase colored contact lenses prescribed by your eye doctor, never substitute brands.

Are contacts cheaper than glasses?

Contacts aren't cheaper than glasses in the long term. Initial costs for contacts or glasses can be very different depending on the prescription and materials. One main difference is that contacts may need frequent replacement depending on the kind you get, while eyeglasses may last 2-3 years if your prescription doesn't change. If costs for vision correction are a significant concern, speak with your eye doctor at the beginning of your appointment.

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