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Contact Lenses

Required for patients seeking a contact lens prescription:

Contact Lens Evaluation Agreement

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Contact Lenses

Our doctors fit many kinds of contacts and will provide you with excellent contact lens service. There are a variety of contact lenses on the market and we will work with you to meet your particular needs. Types of contacts include multifocal lenses for presbyopia and toric lenses for astigmatism. Contact lens replacement periods include 1 day, biweekly, and monthly. If you’re interested in contact lenses, please just give our office a call and we’d be delighted to discuss fees and possibilities with you, or you can schedule an appointment online at Invieweyecare.com or at targetoptical.com.

Contact Lens Evaluation

During a comprehensive eye exam, if you currently wear or want to try contacts for the first time, the doctors perform a separate exam to evaluate your eyes for contacts. It includes additional testing, additional time with the doctor, and thus there is an additional charge associated with the exam.

Contact Lens Prescription

Contact lenses are medical devices that can only be dispensed with a valid prescription. Prescriptions for contact lenses from our office expire after one year. The prescription will include the power of the lenses, the type of contact you have been prescribed, and the curvature of the lenses. While wearing contacts, your eyes go through gradual changes including size and physiological requirements (such as a need for oxygen). These changes can affect the health of the cornea, which is why our prescriptions expire after one year. A contact lens prescription is separate and distinct from your prescription for glasses.

In order to prescribe contact lenses an optometrist must complete several additional tests:

  • Determine the proper contact lens prescription based on visual needs, the health of the cornea, and the curvature of the eye.
  • Examine the contact lens on the surface of the eye to ensure proper fit and correct alignment with the cornea and eyelids.
  • Evaluate the cornea, eyelids, and conjunctiva to determine how wearing contact lenses affects the health of the eyes.
  • Measure visual acuity with contact lenses on the eyes and make adjustments as needed to optimize vision.
  • Contact lens prescriptions are separate from glasses prescriptions; they are always written for a specific type, curvature, and strength.

Contact Lens Evaluation Fee

Insurance companies require that we bill contact lens exams separately from comprehensive eye exams. Many insurance companies consider contact lens exams to be an elective service, excluded from the patient’s comprehensive eye exam benefits. If you are not sure if your insurance plan offers a benefit for contacts lens evaluations we would be happy to find out for you.

Potential Problems for Contact Lens Wearers

Most potential problems with contacts can be avoided by following the doctor’s advice and maintaining regular follow-up care. It is generally not difficult to wear contact lenses. Problems with contact lens wear can be serious, however. Here is a list of some signs that things may not be going well. If you experience any of these, contact our office as soon as possible.

  • Red, irritated eyes.
  • Uncomfortable lenses.
  • Pain in and around the eyes.
  • Blurred or fuzzy vision.
  • Increased tearing or discharge.
  • Feeling like there’s something in your eye.
  • Sensitivity to light.