Total Vision Santa Cruz

Contact Lens Fittings & Exams in Santa Cruz

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Clearly Convenient Vision with Contact Lenses

Fashionable frames can make eyeglasses a reliable accessory, but contact lenses can provide convenient vision correction for active wearers. You can avoid wearing bulky sports-safe frames and lenses and rely on unobstructed views.

Before storing your backup glasses, seeing your optometrist for a contact lens exam is essential. While most people can wear contact lenses, some exceptions can make standard lenses challenging —including being able to touch your eye! Our eye care team can help you find the best possible fit and provide care tips to protect your vision.

Contact Santa Cruz Optometric Center today for a contact lens exam and fitting.

What Is a Contact Lens Exam?

A contact lens exam is different from a comprehensive eye exam. Regular eye exams evaluate your eye health and vision, but only a contact lens exam can determine your contact lens prescription and measurements.

The many contact lens types are based on soft lenses or rigid gas permeable (RGP). Your optometrist assesses your ocular health, vision needs, and lifestyle to narrow down your options to find an appropriate fit.

Some conditions can make a comfortable contact lens fit challenging, such as:

After evaluating eye health and determining your vision needs, we’ll take detailed measurements of your eyes. Gathering information about your cornea and eye shape is essential for customizing lenses that fit your unique eyes. 

Following your exam, we’ll provide a trial pair to take home. Similar to breaking in a new pair of shoes by walking about, trying your new lenses is a chance to test how your lenses work. At a follow-up appointment (usually scheduled one week later), you can order your contacts or tell us if you want to try something different.

We’re here to help you find the best possible fit, whether you’re trying contact lenses for the first time or updating your prescription.

Contact Lens Care

Caring for your lenses is essential for protecting your eyes and maintaining your contacts properly. Regular disinfection and appropriate storage can prevent infection and other eye complications, including lens deposits that contribute to dry eye.

When in doubt, contact your eye doctor for personalized care and wear tips. General guidelines from the American Academy of Ophthalmologists include a few simple dos and don’ts.


  • Wash your hands before handling your contact lenses
  • Follow directions provided by your optometrist & contact lens manufacturer
  • Gently rub contact lenses when disinfecting & rinsing
  • Use fresh, sterile cleaning solution to rise & store your contact lenses
  • Schedule regular eye exams to protect your eye health 
  • Replace your contact lens case every 3 months


  • Borrow someone else’s contact lenses 
  • Sleep or nap while wearing your contact lenses
  • Use water or saliva to rinse your contact lenses
  • Shower, swim, or use a hot tub while wearing contact lenses

When it’s time to update your prescription, or you want more information to get started, contact us! Our Santa Cruz Optometric Center team can help.

Our Brands

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The options are nearly endless when it comes to ACUVUE® brand contact lenses – the #1 contact lens brand in the world. Long-lasting comfort and clear vision can be yours with a contact lens in the ACUVUE® brand family.

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Air Optix

Utilizing silicon hydrogel technology, Air Optix contact lenses are well known for comfort and oxygen permeability. They are available in a variety of prescriptions and varieties, including toric lenses.

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Bausch + Lomb

Bausch + Lomb is one of the best-known and most respected healthcare brands globally, offering the widest and finest range of eye health products including contact lenses and lens care products, pharmaceuticals, intraocular lenses, and other eye surgery products.

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Unlike many other silicone hydrogel lenses, Biofinity contact lenses incorporate a naturally wettable material that maintains a hydrophilic (water-loving) property throughout the lens.  This means no surface treatments, additives, coatings, or wetting agents are needed.

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Clariti 1-Day

All Clariti 1-Day lenses feature high water content — a key feature for comfort. AquaGen™ technology makes it possible. The AquaGen™ process creates a lens that naturally attracts and binds water molecules to the lens surface, so your eyes can stay moist and comfortable throughout your day.

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Cooper Vision

We create and execute innovation that is unmatched in the contact lens industry. There's much more to our story than that, however. You'll find that what sets us apart is how we approach our business. We collaborate, we listen, and we enjoy what we do.

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CooperVision Proclear

Proclear by CooperVision are a line of daily-disposable contact lenses with options available for nearly every corrective lens prescription need, including options for astigmatism. Designed in USA, they feature Phosphorylcholine, a material that attracts water and encourages healthy eye hydration.

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Dailies Total 1

Excellent comfort until the end of the day with breathable construction. This lens is designed to provide a surface that’s over 80% water, mimicking the same as the surface of your eye. Dailies Total 1 provide a new era in daily disposables.

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CooperVision® MyDay® lenses feature everything you need for an exceptional overall daily disposable experience: all-day comfort, easy lens insertion and removal, and a highly breathable lens that helps provides a healthier lens-wearing experience.

Come See What We’re About

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Visit our team at Santa Cruz Optometric Center at our downtown location!

  • 904 Cedar St
  • Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Hours of Operation

  • Monday: 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

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