How to get contact lenses

Getting a contact lens prescription can be straightforward when you know what to expect. We've put together some of the milestones so you can navigate the experience like a pro, starting with some actions you can take to get the ball rolling.

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Prepare for your contact lenses

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Find an Optician

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Get ready for your appointment

Find out what to expect and what questions you may want to ask your Optician.

The appointments you'll need - now and later

If you already wear glasses or contact lenses you will need to check that you have had a recent eye exam to update your prescription and ensure your eyes are suitable and healthy. There are then two appointments you might expect to put in your calendar as you get started with contact lenses, and then regular ongoing checks. Each is intended to make sure your contact lenses are comfortable, work well and keep your eyes healthy.

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Contact lens fitting

Your first contact lens fitting is different to a typical eye test and will likely take longer, so make sure you book the right appointment by letting the practice know you are interested in contact lenses. Your Optician will examine your eyes to evaluate your suitability and make a recommendation based on your clinical and lifestyle needs. When your lenses are available you will be shown how to put on and take off your lenses, as well as how to care for them. Remember to ask any questions you may have during this appointment.

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Follow-up visit

After about a week of getting used to your contact lenses, you’ll return to the Optician for a follow-up visit. If at any time before this you have any concerns about comfort, vision or handling, always contact your Optician straight away. If you’re loving your lenses and your Optician is happy that everything is going well, you will be able to order an initial supply.

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Regular Check Ups

Prescriptions can change, even if the change hasn't been obvious to you. Regular annual / bi-annual eye tests ensure your contact lenses and your eyes are at their best. We've also put together some things you can do in between appointments to help keep your eyes happy and healthy.

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Still not sure about getting contact lenses?

We get it, trying something new can be daunting. But there are lots of reasons contact lenses can help you be you.

Get started with ACUVUE® contact lenses

Try ACUVUE® for free*

Start your free* trial of ACUVUE® contact lenses today.

Find an Optician

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#All ACUVUE® contact lenses have UV Blocking to help provide protection against transmission of harmful UV radiation to the cornea and into the eye. UV absorbing contact lenses are NOT substitutes for protective UV absorbing eyewear such as UV absorbing goggles or sunglasses because they do not completely cover the eye and surrounding area. You should continue to use UV absorbing eyewear as directed by your Optician.

Filtering of HEV light by contact lenses has not been demonstrated to confer any systemic and/or ocular health benefit to the user. The Eye Care Professional should be consulted for more information.

*T&Cs apply: 1 trial per person. 18+. Professional consultation and fitting fees may apply and are not included. Subject to Optician approval. Participating Opticians only. For full terms and conditions see here.

Important Information for contact lens wearers: ACUVUE® Contact Lenses can be used for vision correction. An Eye Care Professional will determine whether contact lenses are right for you. Although rare, serious eye problems can develop while wearing contact lenses. To help avoid these problems, follow the wear and replacement schedule and instructions on proper lens care. Do not wear contact lenses if you have an eye infection, any eye disease or systemic disease, that may affect the eye, or if you are allergic to any ingredients. If you experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, redness or other eye problems, remove the lens and contact your Eye Care Professional immediately. For more information, including warnings and precautions, carefully read the Instructions for Use.



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