Solution Sampling Guidelines

Contact Lens Solutions

  • Sample one (1) starter kit per new contact lens fit/refit/change of solutions and consider a written recommendation of the product to promote compliance
  • Document the recommended product in the medical record
  • Do not offer the patient multiple starter kits
  • Do not offer the patient different starter kits, as this will contribute to poor compliance
  • Educate the pateint on the importance of contact lens case hygiene, which is why a new cases is included in each starter kit. Recommend replacing the case every 1 to 3 months.
  • Do not break-up starter kits to provide patients with individual components
  • Using the latest scientific data, consider any potentioal CL/Solution incmpatibilities to guide your choice of solution
  • Explain to the patient how long the sample is likely to last and what to do thereafter (fill an Rx, return for a follow-up visit, etc.)

Rewetting drops

  • Sample one (1) bottle of rewetting drops during the eye examination and consider providing a written recommendation to promote compliance
  • Document the recommended product in the medical record
  • Do not offer the patient multiple sample bottles
  • Explain to the patient how long the sample is likely to last and what to do thereafter (fill an Rx, return for a follow-up visit, etc.)

General considerations

  • Use your discretion in sampling when it may be difficult for a patient to get to a pharmacy (weekends, evenings, holidays)
  • To promote compliance, explain to the patient why you have chosen that product, since not all products are the same
  • Educate the patient that generic products are usually not the same as the latest brand name products and may change in formulations from year to year
  • Instruct the patient to check the expiration dates on all medications, including contact lens solutions
  • Promote an annueal supply of contact lenses once the fit is complete to promote compliance
  • Review manufacturer’s recommendations with respect to the given product