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I want to get colored contacts, but I do not wear any right now. How do I find out my eye size?
Contacts come in various "curves," called base curves and this will help determine how the lens fits. But, there are other factors, including the size of the lens and its hydration that determine fit. For example, some lenses have more water in them than others, and may, or may not, dry out more on the eye. This could vary the fit. For the safest possible fit for your eyes, you should contact an ophthalmologist or optometrist who fits contact lens and see them for such a fit. Your eyes are precious, and if you get an improper fit, you may be susceptible to infections or poor corneal nutrition. Get more information on the proper way to purchase and wear decorative contact lenses.
Answered by: Ivan Schwab, MD
Categories: General Eye Health
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