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Contact Lens Exam

Contact lenses are a great alternative to wearing glasses. Getting contacts can change your appearance. Since there are no frames blocking your view, you will be able to see without obstruction. Finally, they don't get fogged up or wet when it is cold or raining outside. Most people can wear contacts. Even if you have an eye condition or disease, your optometrist will be able to find contact lenses that work for you. If you are thinking about getting contacts, you will need to have a contact lens exam. Contact exams are different than eye exams. If you make an appointment for a contact lens exam, you should know what to expect.

woman putting in her contact lens

Determining Your Prescription and Measurements

During your first contact lens exam, your optometrist will determine your prescription. This is done the same way that your eyeglass prescription is determined. Contact lenses are not one-size-fits-all. Therefore, your optometrist will need to measure the size and shape of your eye.

Deciding the Best Contact Lens for You

During the next part of the exam, your optometrist will talk to you about your lifestyle. This will give him or her an idea of the type of lenses that would be best for you. If you have hard-to-fit eyes, your optometrist will discuss your hard-to-fit contact options. If you can wear traditional lenses, you can choose from daily lenses, bi-weekly lenses, or monthly lenses.

Contact Lens Teaching

When your optometrist finds the perfect lenses for you, you will be given a trial pair. A contact lens tech will teach you how to put your contacts in, how to remove them, and how to care for them. That same day, you will take your lenses home and wear them for a week or two.


After wearing your contacts for a week or two, you’ll return to the optometrist for a follow-up. At this time, you can discuss any issues with the lenses and changes can be made. If you are happy with your contacts, your optometrist will order your supply.

Call Harrington Vision Today!

If you are thinking about getting contact lenses, you should make an appointment with Harrington Vision. We treat patients in the Darlington and Florence areas. We can find you contact lenses that are just as comfortable as glasses!

Exclusive Offer

New patients receive 20% OFF* purchase of complete care of eyeglasses (frames and lens).

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Evans St: 843-669-2020 to take advantage of this exclusive offer.