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Eye Exam for Contacts

What happens at your eye exam?

During a comprehensive eye exam for contact lenses, your eye care professional can tell you if contacts are right for you. When scheduling your appointment, be sure to mention the following points so you book the correct appointment:

  • Your vision history — Describe any new issues you’re experiencing and let them know if you currently wear glasses or contact lenses.
  • You want contact lenses — Let them know you’re interested in contacts and be sure to specify that you want a contact lens fitting appointment.
  • Your current contact lenses or eye glasses prescription, if you have them.
  • Your vision insurance card information, if you have that.

At your appointment, your doctor will ask you questions about your hobbies, activities, and lifestyle to determine the best types of contacts for you.

Then, your doctor will take measurements to determine the diameter, curvature, and health of your eyes.

Next, you’ll discuss the types of contact lenses that may be right for you. Once you’ve been fitted, they’ll check your vision once more.

Finally, you’ll learn how to care for lenses. You’ll be taught how to put in, take out, and properly care for your contacts. You most likely will have to put them in and remove them before you leave.

How much will an eye exam cost?

The cost of an eye exam will vary depending on what exactly you need to have done, your eye doctor and your vision insurance but eye exams typically cost between $50 to $150 plus the cost of contacts. This is all dependent upon your vision coverage, what contact lenses you’ll need, and your eye doctor. Remember to bring your voucher for Free Trial Contact Lenses* and be sure to sign up for MyACUVUE® Rewards to get up to $200 back!

How does the doctor choose which contacts are right for me?

Your eye doctor will choose the contacts best suited for your needs and lifestyle, but they’ll be happy to answer all your questions so don't hold back. Here are some questions you can ask:

  • 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?

When do I get my contacts?

Depending on your contact lenses and eye doctor, you may be able to leave with your contacts or you may receive them in the days following your eye exam.

Where can I get my eye exam done?

You can find an eye doctor near you by using our helpful map.

*Free trial lenses available from participating eye doctors. Exam and fitting fees not included.