During your annual eye exam, you'll experience eye care that is customized to your specific vision needs.

What to expect at an eye exam.


We combine our passion for sight and your need for convenience with an Independent Doctor of Optometry* located inside or next door to almost every LensCrafters store. These eye professionals are dedicated to caring for you and your eyes. In their offices, you'll find state of the art technology, including the latest patient-friendly tools, that enables your doctor to write you an accurate prescription. And when your exam is done, you can have your glasses made at LensCrafters and fit by our optician, usually in under an hour.

Not sure what exactly an eye exam is all about? Watch the video to get a look at the tests, tools and methods you might experience at your appointment.


A typical eye exam checks both your eyesight and your eye health. Regardless of whether or not you have 20/20 vision, your doctor will check for near-and-far-sightedness. Then, the optometrist will put you through a series of tests designed to catch eye conditions and diseases early, such as glaucoma and cataracts. Here are just a few of the common tools your optometrist* might use during your exam.

Here are just a few of the common tools your optometrist* might use during your exam.

  • Keratometer
  • RefractionPhoropter
  • Ophthalmoscope
  • Field TestTonometry
  • ExamineOptomap®

You'll leave your eye exam with accurate prescription for lenses and/or contacts and a recommendation for any necessary eyewear or lifestyle adjustments to keep your eyes healthy. You can take your new prescription into LensCrafters right away, or at a later time. Your prescription and vision records will also be kept on file with the eye doctor should you need to reference them.


We're committed to innovative technologies that set us apart from other eye care providers. Optomap® Retinal Exam is one of the innovations you'll find in a doctor's office next to LensCrafters.

Optomap® Retinal Exam

Optomap® allows your eye doctor examine your eyes without using drops to dilate them. With Optomap, in a split second, your eyes are digitally scanned and captured in a color image that shows a "map" of your visual system. Using these images, your optometrist will be able to give you advice on the necessary eyewear that will help keep your eyes healthy.

Plus, since your eyes weren't dilated, after the exam you can go about the rest of your day after the exam without worrying about sensitivity to light or difficulties focusing. Call your local eye care provider to see if their office uses Optomap®.

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Vision Insurance and Pricing

Vision insurance can cover some of the costs associated with an eye exam, including your new eyeglasses and contact lenses. LensCrafters accepts many vision insurance plans and Flexible Spending Dollars. We also offer discounts on frames and lenses when you update your prescription.


A keratometer is used to measure the curve of the cornea, the transparent part of the eye that refracts light and covers the iris and pupil. It's used to fit contact lenses to the eye as well as diagnose the existence and degree of astigmatism.


The phoropter is used to help determine patient's prescription. As you look through the phoropter, the doctor will show you a series of lenses, asking you to choose between choices "A" and "B." Together, you'll narrow down the lenses to the prescription with the sharpest vision possible.

Independent Doctors of Optometry use the Auto-Refractor, which measures a prescription digitally. This device shines a light into the eye that bounces from the back of the eye to the front, giving an accurate measurement of your prescription.


The ophthalmoscope is a hand-held instrument that lights and magnifies the inside of the eye. Once your eyes are dilated, your doctor will use an ophthalmoscope to check for cataracts, retinal problems, and damaged blood vessels, which can be a symptom of diabetes or high blood pressure.

Tonometry Test

Tonometry measures pressure inside the eyes, and is used to screen for glaucoma, a disease that causes damage to the optic nerve. To do this, your doctor will use a special lamp to see the inside of your eye, and then use a tonometer to bounce a gentle puff of air off your eye to check for glaucoma.

Visual Field Test


Optomap® gives a doctor a wide view of the eye, without the use of eye-dilating drops. OptomapÆ uses a non-invasive laser to quickly scan the retina and provide the doctor with a detailed image of the back of the eye. One eye at a time, a patient will look into the device. In a quarter of a second, a laser scans the eye. Instantly, the image of the retina will appear on a screen for the doctor to review.