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Contact Lens Exam Frequently Asked Questions

Answers from your local Greer eye doctor!

We understand getting contact lenses for the first time can be daunting. In order to make your experience a positive one, we’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions and answered them below.

woman holding a contact lens

Is a Contact Lens Exam Different from a Traditional Eye Exam?

In traditional eye exams, the optometrist is focused on your visual and eye health. During a contact lens exam, the optometrist will perform an extensive evaluation of your corneal health and take detailed measurements of your in order to then do a contact lens fitting. During the lens fitting, our optometrist will place diagnostic lenses on your eyes, allowing you to better determine if they fit well and are helping you see clearer.

Why Do I Need a Prescription to Buy Contact Lenses?

The FDA requires that patients see an optometrist prior to purchasing and wearing contacts. By purchasing contact lens online from a company that does not ask you for a prescription, you could be putting your eyes at risk. Wearing the wrong prescription or improperly maintaining your contact lens can lead to serious complications. Your Taylors optometrist can evaluate your vision and eye health regularly to monitor for any complications. If a complication were to arise, you would be able to treat the issue early and possibly prevent further issues, such as permanent vision loss.

I Wear Contacts; Do I Need to Have an Annual Eye Exam Even If I Am Not Having Any Eye Problems?

You absolutely need to have an annual eye exam even if you’re not having any issues with your vision. Your optometrist will perform annual eye health evaluations, which can help determine if you have any issues with your eyes or vision that you can’t detect. It’s essential that your optometrist performs eye exams regularly to monitor your eye health, especially if you wear contact lenses. Individuals who wear contact lenses are at a higher risk of developing serious eye problems. In addition, changes to your medication, health, or overall environment can affect the way your eyes interact with the contact lenses.

Does My Contact Lens Prescription Expire?

Yes, just like any other prescription, your contact lens prescription will have an expiration date. The expiration date will be one year from your contact lens exam unless your eye doctor determines that you need a short-term prescription and re-evaluation. If Dr. Gordon S. Johnson prescribes you contact lenses for less than 12 months, he will explain to you why it’s necessary and will document that reason in your optometry records.

How Do I Schedule a Contact Lens Exam with Blue Ridge Vision?

If you’re looking to schedule a contact lens exam with an optometrist in Greer, SC you can contact us by calling 864-877-3031.

Dr. Gordon S. Johnson has been a trusted eye doctor in Greer for years and his team is here to give you the best customer service possible. 

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