Get ready for your first contact lens assessment

Learn how to prepare for your first contact lens assessment

Woman applying contact lens in bathroom mirror.

Lay the groundwork before you go

When scheduling your appointment, it’s important your Optician knows that you’d like contact lenses so they can arrange the right visits for you.

Share your vision history and expectations

Describe any new issues you’re experiencing and let your Optician know if you currently wear glasses or contact lenses. It may also be helpful to share what you expect from contact lenses in terms of comfort, wear time and what they can bring to your life.

Ask for a contact lens fitting

A contact lens fitting is a different kind of appointment so let your Optician know that you're interested in contact lenses so they can schedule an assessment and fitting.

Things to bring

  1. Your current contact lenses or glasses, if you have them.
  2. Questions. Your optician is there to help, so don't hold back. Here are some good starting points:

Questions to ask

If you're completely new to contact lenses:

  • What should I expect in terms of the comfort of my contact lenses throughout the day?
  • Which ACUVUE® contact lenses would be most suitable for me?
  • What are the different contact lens options available, and which would be best for me?
  • What support is available as I'm learning how to put my lenses on and take them off?
  • What are the specific recommendations or precautions for wearing my contact lenses? How often should I replace them? Is there anything I can’t do with them? What do I need to do to wear them safely?

If you're already wearing contact lenses:

  • What are the different contact lens options available, and are there any improvements I could get over the ones I currently use?
  • What should I expect in terms of the comfort of my contact lenses throughout the day?
  • Which ACUVUE® contact lenses would be most suitable for me?
  • Am I getting the most wear time that I can from my lenses?

Four steps to a typical first appointment

  1. Eye health exam First and foremost, your Optician will review your medical and ocular history, assess eye health, check how well your eyes focus, and determine your vision correction needs.
  2. Contact lens assessment and fitting Next, your Optician will perform a few more tests to make sure contact lenses are right for you. Your Optician may ask about your lifestyle to help pick a lens type. With the test results and your input, the Optician will recommend lenses to meet your individual needs.
  3. Learning to use contact lenses Especially if you are new to contact lenses, you'll be taught how to put on, take off and properly care for your lenses. Typically, you’ll be given some trial lenses to take home and use and we’ve got some great guides to help build your confidence.
  4. Follow-up and prescription After your trial period, you’ll return to the Optician to make sure you're adjusting well to your new lenses and make changes if necessary. If all is well, they will release a prescription so you can order your supply of contact lenses. After that, regular check-ups and routine eye tests are always recommended.

Get started with ACUVUE® contact lenses

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*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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