1. When you come for your appointment do not change your lenses so I can see the clean ones. I know what new ones look like. I want to see what your lenses look like normally. If they are dirty sooner than they are supposed to be, we may be able to change cleaners or lens brands to improve that.
2. The contacts from 1800 contacts and from my office are the same. You can purchase them from whoever you wish. The only difference is that the meager $2/box profit that is made either benefits your local provider or some big ass company in Utah. You decide where you want your money to go.
3. If you decide to purchase your lenses from some large box retailer (see #2 above), do not expect me to offer you free trial lenses. Or exchange your old prescription boxes for new ones. (My trial lens supply is based on the number of boxes I order. Maybe 1800 contacts will send you a free trial......)
4. If you are having an appointment for a contact lens check, please bring your contacts. *duh*
5. Tell me honestly how you wear/clean your contacts. I will not yell at you if you wear them overnight. I just need to know so I can recommend what is appropriate for you and your eye health.
6. Please, please, please, do not use spit to store/rinse/clean your contacts. <gag> If your choice is tap water or your mouth, tap water is better. Your mouth is a cesspool of bacteria. That you will then put on your eye. (yes, people have actually done this. In my office. In front of me. I almost blew a gasket.)
7. No, not all cleaners are the same. The generic brand is actually the old Renu (like 5-6 years ago) formulation. Renu made it's product better for a reason, why would you want the old version? Wal-mart, Target etc. buy the old formulation from Renu and mark it with their generic brand name.
8. Do not use Visine. Please. It sucks and doesn't fix the problem.
9. Please do not get mad at me for telling you that you can't wear your contact lenses for 2 weeks while your eyes heal. It was not my fault that you wore your lenses in the lake swimming and then wore them overnight and some god-awful nasty bacteria attached to your lens and gave you a red, inflammed (possibly infected) eye. I want you to be able to wear lenses. I make more money when you can wear lenses.
10. Yah, about wearing those lenses for 2 weeks straight...... You change your underwear daily, right? Just sayin'.
11. Those multifocal/bifocal contact lenses they advertise will not make your vision as it was when you were 20 years old. What you are looking for is called the Fountain of Youth or a miracle and optometrists do not have access to either. See your nearest religious provider.
12. I love fitting contact lenses to teenagers! I love that confidence that shows up on their face once they have the lenses in. They often follow my directions better than my adult wearers.....
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