How to get contact lenses

Getting a contact lens prescription can be stress-free 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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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 to ensure your eyes are suitable and healthy. There are then three appointments you should expect to put in your calendar. 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 exam 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 eye care professional will review your eye health history, check your vision and assess the shape of your eye, ensuring that you receive an appropriate recommendation. Your eye care professional will also show you how to put on and take off your lenses, as well as how to care for them. Remember to ask any question 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 eye care professional for a follow-up visit. If at any time before this you have any concerns about comfort, vision or handling, always contact your eye care professional straight away. If you’re loving your lenses and your eye care professional 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 exams 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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#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 eye care professional.

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 detailed information, including warnings and precautions, carefully read the Instructions for Use available on the Johnson & Johnson website.



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Last updated 19/02/2024.