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What to expect in an eye exam

If you are having difficulty seeing things up close or far away, it may be time to get your eyes checked. But what can you expect from an eye exam? To some people who've never had their eyes examined, the process may feel a bit daunting. But the good news is that eye exams are, on the whole, the most comfortable health exams you can expect. I personally find them a lot less unpleasant than dental or even regular physical exams.

eye examAt most eye exams, you will first go through a battery of tests conducted by machines. This will include things like testing your peripheral vision and the "puff-of-air" test which tests for glaucoma. Other tests include tests for color blindness and eye movement. In some cases, it may be necessary to dilate your pupils as well to get a better look inside your eye.

The bulk of the test will involve you reading letters on a wall, as the optometrist makes adjustments to find the optimal strength to use for your contact lens or eyeglass prescription. This part of the exam will likely take between 15 - 20 minutes. Afterward, you should receive your prescription and be ready to order your lenses.

If you are ordering contact lenses, I believe ordering them online is the best option. There are several reasons I say this. First, you will get a much lower price by ordering online. For my lenses, I was quoted 70 dollars per box at the office. On, however, the price per box was just $39, which is over $30 less per box. Second, by ordering online, you can often take advantage of online coupons. I took advantage of coupons, for example, to get additional discounts on an order I placed not long ago.

And lastly, by ordering online, you will not have to travel to your doctor's office to pick up your lenses when they arrive. Instead, they will be mailed directly to you. In most cases, if you use popular contact lens stores like, you won't have to pay shipping either, since free shipping is available for most orders that exceed a certain minimum.