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 whether contact lens wear is suitable for you.
Contact Lens Exam
Tests your vision using an eye chart and assesses your eye health. Measurements of your cornea's shape and curvature, as well as of your pupil and iris, help determine the appropriate shape and size of your contact lenses. Your eyes' ability to produce tears will also be assessed.
Contact Lens Options
Your doctor will discuss the many options in contact lenses available to you, including monovision lenses, which correct one eye for near and one eye for distance vision, and multifocals, which can correct both near and distance vision. You will also learn the pros and cons of short-term lenses that are removed daily, and lenses that can be worn for longer periods of time. Your doctor will also review the differences between soft and rigid lenses, and lenses that can change your eye color. If yours is a complex case, your doctor will discuss with you any specialty lens options that are appropriate.
Contact Lens Fitting
You will be trained to place the contact lenses in your eyes and then asked to do it yourself. After a few minutes of wearing the contact lenses, your eyes will be checked to evaluate the contact lens fit and how the lenses are positioned in your eyes. After your fitting is completed, you will receive your prescription, which includes the power, curve, and diameter of your contact lenses.
While you may only need one fitting session, there are times when the process requires several appointments. This ensures your ultimate satisfaction and the health of your eyes. Follow-up appointments may be necessary to ensure:
- Your contact lenses are fitted well
- Your prescription provides you the best possible vision
- Your eyes have responded positively to the contact lens material
- You are not having problems with insertion or removal
- You understand and are complying with the recommended wear schedule, replacement schedule, and care regimen
If you need follow-up appointments, you will not receive your contact lens prescription until after you have completed those appointments.
Online Contact Lens Ordering Discontinued; Specialty Lenses Still Offered
You may use your prescription from a Duke Eye Center doctor to order routine contact lenses from anywhere contact lenses are sold. We continue to offer specialty lenses to our patients.