Contact Lens Exams & Fittings

Schedule an Appointment
An optometrist examines a patient for a contact lens

What Is a Contact Lens Exam?

A contact lens exam is an essential step in finding the best possible match for your contact lenses. The assessments performed during your appointment are necessary for finding appropriate measurements for your unique eyes.

The contact lens exam can also help determine if you’re a good candidate for contact lenses. You may love the idea of swapping your glasses for contacts, but wearing and cleaning your lenses every day might be challenging. 

For some patients, wearing contact lenses may not be the best choice for their eye health. For example, patients with dry eye are usually poor candidates for traditional contact lenses. While there are options, discussing your unique eye care needs with your eye doctor is the first step in discovering which contact lens type is best for you.

A contact lens exam is not the same as a comprehensive eye exam. While an evaluation of your eye health and visual acuity is part of the testing, it’s not as in-depth as your routine eye exam. A contact lens exam focuses more on the surface of your eye—where the contact lens rests—rather than structures at the back of the eye.

What to Expect from an Exam & Fitting

Determining your prescription and assessing your eye health during an exam is only part of finding an appropriate pair of contact lenses. After an exam, the measurement and eye health evaluations are used to determine your fit. 

A fitting is essential for customizing a contact lens made for your unique eyes. Various assessments are used to help inform the best possible fit, including:

At a fitting, first-time wearers are provided instructions for contact lens care, including how to wear their lenses safely. The patient may also practice inserting and removing the lens.

After the initial fitting appointment, patients are given a trial pair to take home. Patients can practice wearing the lenses and have time to discover whether the lenses are a good fit. Sometimes it can take a few trial pairs before discovering the style, features, or fit that works best for you.

Contact Lens Types

Deciding on contact lens type is another part of finding your fit. For first-time wearers, the decision can be challenging, as there are advantages and disadvantages to all types. Unless a patient is prescribed a specific type for treatment purposes, the choice is typically a personal preference.

There are 2 main types: rigid gas permeable (RGP) and soft contact lenses. First-time wearers may need to try both before settling on their preference.

Rigid gas permeable (RGP) contacts are sometimes referred to as hard contacts, as their firm material has limited flexibility. RGP lenses are durable and made for long-term use. Typically, RGP lenses provide sharper vision compared to soft lenses. 

It can take longer to adjust to RGP contact lenses initially. Patients also need to wear the lenses consistently to maintain tolerance.

Soft contact lenses are called “soft” because they’re made of flexible material. Typically, the soft lenses feel more comfortable during the initial adjustment period. The lenses fit closely, allowing the lens to stay better on the eye, benefiting active wearers. Soft contact lenses are also available in multiple options, including daily disposable or extended wear.

Hybrid contact lenses combine many of the best features of RGP and soft contact lenses. The firm center is similar to an RGP lens as it provides sharper vision. The outer skirt is like a soft lens, allowing for a closer, more comfortable fit. 

Hybrid lenses can also provide another option for patients who may not be good candidates for soft contact lenses. For example, patients with astigmatism or cornea conditions.

Our Contact Lens Brands

Air Optix, Dailies, Avairia, Biofinity, Clariti, MyDay, Proclear, Acuevue, Biotrue, Infuse, PureVision, SoftLens, and Ultra

Find Your Contact Solutions

At the Griffey Eye Care & Laser Center, we’re committed to helping our patients achieve clearer vision. When you’re ready for your new contacts, whether it’s your first pair or an update, contact us. We can help you find the best possible fit for your vision and eye care needs. Request an appointment today!

Order Your Contacts with Abby

Order your contacts the Abby way. The friendly and easy way to order your contact lenses – from your eye doctor that you already know and trust. Ordering through Abby ensures that you have an easy, convenient, and secure contact lens ordering experience. You can track your orders, see your prescription at any time, and stay up to date on details like when your prescription will expire.

Ask your local optician and sign up for Abby today!



* This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Our Locations

    See Our Google Reviews

    Jun 28, 2024
    Google Griffey Eye Care & Laser Center – Kempsville
    Friendly and Professional People. Makes You Feel Very Confident
    Jun 26, 2024
    Google Griffey Eye Care & Laser Center – Carmichael
    Very professional and very quick
    Jun 26, 2024
    Google Griffey Eye Care: Elizabeth Baylor, O.D.
    I highly recommend Dra Baylor, she is a wonderful doctor.

    Our Testimonials


    US eye Brand Logo

    We are a proud partner of US Eye, a leading group of patient-centric, vertically integrated multi-specialty physician practices that provide care in ophthalmology, optometry, dermatology, audiology, and cosmetic facial surgery.

    instagram facebook facebook2 pinterest twitter google-plus google linkedin2 yelp youtube phone location calendar share2 link star-full star star-half chevron-right chevron-left chevron-down chevron-up envelope fax