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Can I get contact lenses on the day of the appointment?

Question

I'm 14 and going abroad in six days and have an appointment to see if I can wear contacts but I was wondering if I could get them on the day and wear them from then on or whether I would have to have a trial pack.

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

If you are very straight forward it is possible to do the fitting and collection on the same day, but you also need an extended trial with a set of lenses to ensure your eyes are suitable. The trial is usually for about two weeks, so unfortunately I think you have left it too late. 

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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