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What To Expect at Your Contact Lens Fitting Appointment

Young man putting in contact lenses near mirror Have you finally decided to try contacts? They have so many benefits over glasses, but the procedure for getting contacts is a bit different than that for getting glasses. Are you wondering what your contact lens fitting appointment will be like?

The benefits of contact lenses

A lot of people are squeamish at the thought of putting something in their eyes, and they take a bit of getting used to, but in no time at all you’ll be wondering why you waited so long to get contacts. They are comfortable, don’t get in the way like glasses do, and, nowadays, can be very inexpensive, so it isn’t a big problem if they get lost or torn. At your contact lens fitting appointment, your doctor will:

• Determine your prescription. This will be different from your eyeglasses prescription. He or she will also measure the curvature of your eye to determine what size lens you should have.

• Look at the health of your eye. If you have an eye condition, even something such as an astigmatism, you may need specialty lenses.

• Ask about your needs and lifestyle. Do you only need contacts for a special occasion, or do you want them for every day wear? Would you prefer contacts that you replace every day, or contacts that only have to be replaced every 2 weeks?

• Go over care instructions. Contact lenses are pretty low-maintenance, but for the health of your eyes and the maintenance of your contacts, you do need to take care of them and keep them clean. Your doctor will let you know how to put in your contacts, how to safely take them out, and how to take care of them. He or she will also talk to you about the signs that your contacts aren’t fitting you as they should, such as discomfort, excessive tearing, blurred vision, and too much movement while on the eye.

Once you get used to them, contacts are easy to use and comfortable to wear – you won’t even know you have them in. If you are considering getting contacts, contact the Eye Care Institute for an appointment. Call the office in Santa Rosa at (707) 546-9800 today!

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