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At an appointment for contact lenses can I take them away on the same day?

Question

Which contact lenses are best for short sightedness and do I have to wait to have them or can I have them on the same day as my appointment?

Answer Video and written answer:
Qualified optometrist Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom answers this question.

The best contact lens for you is decided between yourself and your contact lens practitioner on the basis of safety, convenience, comfort and cost. The most popular are daily disposable and monthly disposable soft lenses. To collect them and take them away on the same day you will need a fitting and trial with suitable lenses and a teach session where you will learn how to insert, remove and clean them. Many contact lenses are available from stock but often they have to be ordered, which usually takes a few days.  It may not be possible for the practice to fit all this in on the same day.

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Optician's Biography

Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom has been a qualified Optometrist for over 30 years, and has a vast experience of almost all aspects of optometry. He joined Specsavers Opticians in 1993 first in Liverpool and for 15 years as a director of Lancaster and Morecambe. He served on many panels and committees whilst a director, including those responsible for IT design and professional advancement. He was regional chairman of the North West directors of Specsavers for over 12 years and as such was involved in almost all aspects of optometry on a business and professional level. He has been involved on the Local Optical Committee for many years and is currently Vice Chairman in his area.
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