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Contact Lenses (cont.)

Follow-up for Contact Lenses

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.

These examinations 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 lenses.
  • 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 it.
    • 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; see figure) as the lenses that were fit and dispensed. Recognize that some people will have problems that 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.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/17/2017

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