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If a patient is interested in contacts, it may be tempting to provide the lenses the same day.

However, it’s important to fit the contacts and evaluate them after a period of time as changes in the ocular surface that result in comfort or vision problems may develop.  

It’s important to evaluate the ocular surface prior to contact lens wear and if a patient has dry eyes, meibomian gland dysfunction, blepharitis or allergic eye disease, treat these conditions first prior to contact lens fitting.

If contact lenses are finalized right away, the ocular surface does not somehow “get better” or “improve” over time and may cause significant problems to develop over the ensuing weeks of wear.

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Melissa Barnett OD, FAAO, FSLS
Dr. Melissa Barnett is a Principal Optometrist at the UC Davis Eye Center in Sacramento. She is an internationally recognized key opinion leader, specializing in anterior segment disease and specialty contact lenses. Dr. Barnett lectures and publishes extensively on topics including dry eye, anterior segment disease, contact lenses and creating a healthy balance between work and home life for women in optometry. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Diplomate of the American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry (ABCMO) and serves on the Board of American Optometric Association (AOA) Cornea and Contact Lens Council, Women of Vision (WOV), Gas Permeable Lens Institute (GPLI), Ocular Surface Society of Optometry (OSSO) is Immediate Past President of The Scleral Lens Education Society (SLS). Dr. Barnett is a spokesperson for the California Optometric Association and a guest lecturer for the STAPLE program. She was awarded The Theia Award for Excellence for Mentoring by Women in Optometry (WO) in 2016.

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