Dr. Teri Geist, on behalf of the Nebraska Optometric Association, recently sat down with us to discuss the importance of contact lenses fitting properly.

Q: What are the risks to patients of purchasing contact lenses online?

Dr. Geist: “There are times when I’ve had patients come in that needed a different lens than what I’ve prescribed. We want to make sure it’s accurate. Contact lens fitting is a complicated issue for health reasons, for the cornea. You need to make sure the lens is fitting well, is moving well and the patient is seeing well. When you buy contacts online you want to do so from a reputable seller, and you want to make sure they’re exactly what you ordered and what the prescription is written for.”