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Before Your First Appointment

The decision to be fitted with contact lenses is an important one, and there are specific instructions you need to follow. We recommend you watch the videos below and practice in a mirror for a few minutes each day to prepare for your initial contact lens appointment. Following this advice will ensure you will be successful and leave with new contact lenses that day. 

If unsuccessful at the initial appointment, we will reschedule you to come back to try again. This second appointment is covered under the initial I&R training fee of $20.00. Any additional I&R training will incur another fee. 

Your First Appointment
There are dangers you need to be aware of to safely and successfully wear contacts.
Your initial visit with the doctor and technician is scheduled for one hour. 

During that time, you will:

  • Learn how to insert and remove the lenses. You must perform both to leave with lenses.

  • Learn how to clean and care for your lenses.

  • Learn the difference between the “inside” and “outside” lenses.

  • Take a vision exam for near and far vision and a slit-lamp exam to ensure the lenses fit after their insertion.

Wearing Schedule
During your first week with contact lenses, please adhere to this daily wearing schedule to help your eyes adjust to them. Over-wear can cause severe eye strain, conjunctival irritation, or even corneal problems that could make you unable to wear contact lenses in the future. 
Never wear your lenses longer than advised, but you may wear them for less time if you want to. 

If you lose or tear a lens, please call our office for a replacement. Please wear the lenses during this week to evaluate the fit and comfort. If you are experiencing any issues, please call, text, or email us to assess the case at hand. 

Follow Up Visit
One week after your fitting, you will need a fifteen-minute vision, and slit-lamp check with your new lenses in place if you are satisfied with your lenses. If you are not happy with your lenses, please call our office to schedule more time to address the issue at hand. 
Please arrive at the office with the lenses already in your eyes. 


I&R Vid


contact insertion instruction


Before you start wash your hands with soap (preferably
non-perfumed, anti-bacterial liquid soap), then rinse and
dry your hands with a lint-free towel.


Check that the lens isn't inside out. To do this, just put the
lens on the tip of your finger and hold it up to the light. If
the edges flare out, it's inside out. Some lenses have a 1, 2,
3; indicator—make sure the digits aren’t backwards. It
should look like a bowl with straight edges.



Using your right hand gently hold your upper eyelid with
one finger so you don’t blink or get your eyelashes in the
way, and carefully pull down your lower eyelid with your
other fingers.




Move the contact lens toward your eye steadily. Look
upward as you place it on your eye, and slowly release
your eyelid and close your eye for a moment to allow the
lens to settle. Repeat for your other eye.


Contact lens instruction

Ensure your hands are clean and dry, and start with your
right eye, then look up and carefully pull down your lower
eyelid with your middle finger.

Bring your index finger to your eye slowly until you touch
the lower edge of the lens, and slide the lens down to the
lower white part of your eye.




Gently squeeze the lens between your thumb and index
finger and remove it. Repeat for your left lens.




Discard daily disposable contact lenses. If you wear
dailies you can toss them out, but make sure you clean
and disinfect bi-weekly and monthly contact lenses.

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