Contact Lens Exams and Fitting

Duke eye specialists offer fitting and management of contact lenses to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, vision impacted by an irregularly shaped cornea (astigmatism) and presbyopia, also known as reading vision. We also provide specialty services and custom lenses to improve your vision if you have keratoconus or irregular astigmatism, which can result from an eye injury. We work closely with people who need contact lenses following Lasik surgery - to improve either near or distance vision not corrected by surgery - and following trauma to the eye. If you were born without a lens in your eye, or it was surgically removed - a condition known as aphakia - or if you have a condition condition called aniridia, in which you lack part or all of the colored part (iris) of your eye, we recommend and fit custom contact lenses that improve your vision.

Contact Lens Fitting and Management

Whether you need contact lenses for routine vision correction or a more complex condition, we can help you correct your vision and see clearly. We routinely perform contact lens fitting and management, and work with people who have complex eye conditions who require specialty care.

Choose Duke for your contact lens fitting and management because we offer:

  • Top-ranked Care. The Duke Eye Center is consistently ranked among the top ten eye centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and Ophthalmology Times.
  • Routine Eye Care. We offer comprehensive eye care to children and adults as part of annual visits and contact lens fittings in convenient locations throughout the greater Triangle area.
  • Comprehensive Care for Multiple Eye Conditions. Many of the people we treat experience more than one eye concern. Our specialists work closely together to manage your eye diseases. If you require multiple visits for different eye disorders, we make every effort to coordinate your care and maximize your convenience.
  • Specialty Contact Lenses. Medical conditions that require complex fittings may be treated with a variety of lens types. We work closely with your eye specialist to ensure you receive the contact lens that is best for you. Likewise, people with corneal diseases or conditions such as keratoconus, corneal scars, or who have undergone a corneal transplant, may benefit from specialty contact lenses. Scleral, hybrid, and corneal rigid contact lenses can improve vision. Of these, scleral lenses are often the preferred treatment because they provide increased comfort and excellent visual acuity that is not possible with other lenses. These lenses are considered “medically necessary” because they are not a cosmetic use-- a patient has no choice but to wear them to improve vision. 
  • Custom Contact Lenses. In addition to customizing your contact lenses, we help you find the best color contact lens or disposable contact lenses for your needs. 
Reviewed: 03/19/2018

Fitting and Follow Up

Contact lenses are FDA-regulated medical devices used in direct contact with the eye. A comprehensive eye exam and contact lens fitting are required before contact lenses can be dispensed or a contact lens prescription released. This exam ensures your optimal eye health, and determines your suitability for contact lens wear.


Reviewed: 03/19/2018
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