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Getting trial contacts
By KeepOnSinginPremium member
On Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:27 PM
Locked by KeepOnSingin (116683) on 2013-04-19 09:12:10 Done and done

I went to get checked for contacts today, and because I have astigmatism which is what they really want to correct, they had to order my contacts for me, so it'll be about a week before they're in...but I'm curious how many they usually give you for trials? The woman said 2 months which seems like a lot to me. Is it? Or is that typical?

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re: Getting trial contacts
By majeremember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:59 PM
KeepOnSingin wrote:

I went to get checked for contacts today, and because I have astigmatism which is what they really want to correct, they had to order my contacts for me, so it'll be about a week before they're in...but I'm curious how many they usually give you for trials? The woman said 2 months which seems like a lot to me. Is it? Or is that typical?


2 months could just be 2 pairs.

When you go in and try out a pair (get a fitting) the pair you use is thinner and rip easier than the actual ones. You should only wear that pair for a day.

I'm sure that all optometrists are different.
re: Getting trial contacts
By KeepOnSinginPremium member
On Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:23 PM
Yeah, but from what I was reading online it seemed most people would get 1 pair for like 2 weeks or whatever and then have to order them for real. I mean, I'm okay with it, just surprised.
re: Getting trial contacts
By majeremember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:29 PM
KeepOnSingin wrote:

Yeah, but from what I was reading online it seemed most people would get 1 pair for like 2 weeks or whatever and then have to order them for real. I mean, I'm okay with it, just surprised.


It sounds like you optometrist is just awesome. I don't question good deals like that. :)

This reminds me that I'll have to go get re-fitted/examined to order more. It's been more than a year since I've ordered my contacts.
re: Getting trial contacts
By KeepOnSinginPremium member
On Sat Apr 13, 2013 01:30 AM
Yeah, I'm not questioning either. Just surprised!!
re: Getting trial contacts (karma: 1)
By iliahmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Sat Apr 13, 2013 04:49 AM
Depends on the replacement cycles of your contacts.

Regular contacts are usually 2 week disposables and they're easier to fit than astigmatism lenses because you don't have to worry about the axis.

Special-order astigmatism contacts are usually 1 month disposables, so you're probably getting two pairs and your optometrist may adjust the axis and correction after your first pair.
re: Getting trial contacts
By Polestar
On Sat Apr 13, 2013 06:53 AM
Edited by Polestar (193509) on 2013-04-13 06:54:53
I have monthly contact lenses. The place where I get my lenses has always given me a regular pair that I had to wear for one week to see if they fit, but I could keep using them for another three weeks after that :)
re: Getting trial contacts
By Gioiamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Sat Apr 13, 2013 02:46 PM
Just now reading this, but last time I went to the doctor, he switched me from 2 week contacts to 1 month contacts. He asked me if I wanted to switch and I said "well to be honest, I hate the feel of these (acuvue 2), do you have something better?" and he said that in his opinion the best contacts on the market now are the Air Optix 1 month contacts. They are so much better, I love them! So 2 week contacts are not the "regular" really. So they could have gotten you a couple of those. Or they ordered you 1 box of 2 week lenses, which would last you 2 months (8 lenses in a box = 2 months if you wear the same prescription in both eyes).

Oh, and I have astigmatism in my right eye, but there is no use in getting astigmatism lenses for me, so they just bump the prescription up a fraction and I see fine. I believe a lot of doctors do that depending on your level of astigmatism.
re: Getting trial contacts
By KeepOnSinginPremium member
On Sat Apr 13, 2013 03:22 PM
Yeah, my eyes are the same, and since it's mainly astigmatism that needs correction, it makes more sense to get me the lenses for astigmatism.
re: Getting trial contacts
By LlamaLlamaDuckmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Sat Apr 13, 2013 11:29 PM
^depends on the astigmatism... Mine is wonky... I can't wear the contacts for astigmatism because they make my vision worse than even without contacts. I have argued with a few optometrists about it. None believe me till they make me try the same old brands of sample pairs every time.

I have only had success with daily disposables in the last few years. I don't wear them often. I use them for swimming.
re: Getting trial contacts
By KeepOnSinginPremium member
On Sat Apr 13, 2013 11:52 PM
My correction for distance is minimal, so that is why they are trying me with ones for astigmatism. But of course, if they don't work, I'll try something else.

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