The College of Optometrists

Powered contact lens supply

A330
You should check any details of the contact lens specification that are not clear or complete with the person who issued it. 
A331
You must provide enough information to the patient to enable them to handle the lenses appropriately and to comply with an appropriate lens care system. 
A332
You should not supply the patient with more than the anticipated number of lenses needed until the expiry of the patient’s contact lens specification. 
A333
Since you must not supply powered contact lenses after the patient’s specification has expired you should advise the patient to have a contact lens fitting shortly before the expiry date, and an eye examination, if appropriate. See sections on Contact lens specification and Fitting contact lenses
A334
If you are unable to supply lenses that exactly meet the patient’s specification, and you supply alternative lenses, you are refitting the lenses and the guidance in the section on Fitting contact lenses applies. A lens may be deemed to meet the specification if it is an identical lens made by the same manufacturer but sold under a different name to that stated on the specification. 

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