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What To Expect With Your Doctor

So, you’re ready for contacts. Nervous? Don’t be. Once you’ve found a doctor, here’s what to expect from your first appointment to your annual checkups.

A young woman behind a phoropter as the doctor checks her eyes during an eye exam

FIRST CONTACTS APPOINTMENT

A first fitting takes a little longer than an exam for eye glasses, so let your doctor know you’re coming in for contact lenses when making your appointment. At the office, the doctor will review your eye health and check your vision. The size and shape of your eye will be measured so that your lenses fit just right. Usually you’ll be given trial lenses to start. The eye doctor will show you how to put in and take out the lenses, as well as how to care for them. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor.

The camera focuses on a young woman looking through a retinal camera as her doctor looks through the other side

Follow-Up Visit

After about a week of getting used to your contacts, you’ll return to the office for a follow-up visit. In the unlikely event that something isn’t right, tell your doctor right away. If you’re loving your lenses, you’ll get a prescription and can usually take home a supply that day.

A side view of an eye doctor and a young woman looking through a retinal camera

Regular Checkups

For the best experience with your lenses, make sure you clean and care for your lenses, stick to the wearing schedule your doctor gives you, and get a yearly checkup. You want to make sure to get regular checkups since prescriptions can change and you don’t want to be stuck with an old one. 

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