Contact Lenses (cont.)
All contact-lens wearers should have an annual follow-up examination. People
who wear extended-wear lenses are often seen every three to six months. Remember that
extended wear of contact lenses not designed for extended wear increases the
risk of a serious eye infection and is not recommended.
allow the fitter to review the care, wearing, and fit of the lenses. Problems or
potential problems may be found at these examinations before they interfere with
vision and before the wearer notices them.
- Fitting of contact lenses involves a complete eye
examination with measurements of the cornea and selection of appropriate
- The fitting is not complete until follow-up
evaluations confirm the correct fitting of the contact lenses.
- After this, in most states, the fitter must give the
contact-lens prescription to the wearer whether or not he or she asks for
- Some people order their lenses by mail order or through local stores. If
this is done, it is essential to make
sure that the lenses received are exactly the same (same brand, material,
base curve, diameter and thickness) as the lenses that were fit and
dispensed. Recognize that some people will have problems which they think
might be solved by ordering new lenses, and the cause may actually be an
infection or other serious problem. If lenses are ordered by mail, be sure
to have your regular follow-up exams.
- Although mail order is used because of an
expectation of a lower price, you should check with your fitter. Your fitter
will usually meet or beat the price of the mail-order companies.
- If lenses are not purchased from the fitter, be sure to have follow-up examinations at the intervals recommended by the fitter.
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