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What Happens During the Contact Lens Exam

Are you thinking about getting contact lenses? You are not the only one. According to the American Optometric Association, more than 30 million people in the United States wear contact lenses. However, before those 30 million received their contact lens prescription, they had to take a contact lens exam. The exam is necessary in order to provide you with the best type of lenses. After you take the contact lens exam, you’ll see the world in a whole different way.

What is a Contact Lens Exam?

A contact lens exam aims to evaluate multiple elements. These include the shape of your eye, your vision correction needs, and how often you will use the lenses. If you’ve never worn contact lenses, your eye care professional will show you how to use your lenses and take care of them.

Where Can You Get a Contact Lens Exam?

You will need to schedule an appointment with an eye care professional nearest you. A contact lens exam can be conducted by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist. Most contact lens examinations are conducted by optometrist who have specialized training to assess how it may impact your eye’s health. Ophthalmologists are eye surgeons and rarely fit contact lenses. Both are qualified to conduct eye tests and prescribe lenses.

How Much Does a Contact Lens Exam Cost?

The cost of a contact lens exam will vary depending upon where you live, but generally it costs approximately $100-$200 U.S. dollars. Remember that you may be required to take other vision exams, which will bring additional charges.