Contact Lenses

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Contact Lens Care
If Your Eyes are Irritated
Professional Fees
Why the Additional Fees?
Follow-up Appointments
Return Policy for Contact Lenses
Why Buy Your Contact Lenses Here?
Change Intervals
Contact Lens Options
Payment for Contact Lenses

Contact Lens Care

Because contact lenses are medical devices, there are risks involved with improper care and wearing. These include ocular inflammation and infection. Not only can these conditions be painful, but they can also result in eye damage and permanent vision loss.

Lenses should be stored for at least 6 hours for proper disinfection. Cases should be rinsed with solution and allowed to air dry when not in use and soaking solution should be replaced every day (DO NOT "top-off"). Although many solutions are advertised as No-Rub formulas, we recommend that patients using these solutions gently rub their disposable lenses with a few drops of solution. This may be done using your finger and a gentle, straight motion from the center of the lens toward the edge. The lenses should then be rinsed with solution before storing. Patients who have conventional soft lenses or RGPs should follow a more extensive cleaning regimen. Soft lenses should not come in contact with water.

Do not sleep in your contact lenses unless you have been fit with contacts specifically designed for this purpose. This greatly increases the risk of complications. When swimming, contact lenses should be removed or tight-fitting goggles should be worn. Patients who sleep in their lenses should always remove them while swimming. Back to Top

If Your Eyes are Irritated

Your contact lenses should be removed at the first sign of eye irritation and should not be worn until the irritation resolves. If your eye is red or painful, please contact us immediately.

Due to the potential for these situations, it is strongly recommended that each patient have a pair of glasses as a back-up to their contacts. Please ask about our No-Frills packages. Back to Top

Professional Fees

The cost of contact lens evaluation and fitting services are separate and distinct from the charges for your eye exam. Most medical and vision plans DO NOT cover these fees and they must be paid out-of-pocket. An evaluation fee will be charged to all patients wearing contact lenses. A refit fee will be charged to patients who require a change in contact lens type and to new patients who do not know the specifications of the lenses they are wearing. Refits usually require trial lenses and at least one follow-up visit.

A fitting fee will be charged to all patients wearing contacts for the first time. This fee will include:

• The fitting
• Trial lenses (if disposables)
• A starter solution kit
• Insertion & removal training
• Follow-up visits for six months

The professional fees DO NOT include the comprehensive eye exam, the contact lenses or visits not directly related to lens wear. Back to Top

Why the Additional Fees?

Contact lens patients require testing and services that are not performed during a regular eye exam. A contact lens prescription requires specific information and is NOT the same as a prescription for glasses.

Please Note: In accordance with federal law, contact lenses may not be dispensed without a valid prescription, which expires after one year. An office visit may be necessary before you can purchase a supply of lenses. Back to Top

Follow-up Appointments

Contact lenses are medical devices and proper follow-up care is essential. These visits help to ensure that:

• The contact lenses are fitting well.
• The eyes are remaining healthy.
• The prescription is providing the best possible vision.
• The lens material and design are the most appropriate
  for your eyes.

In addition to comprehensive eye exams, we recommend that contact lens patients are seen every 6 to 12 months for a contact lens check. Back to Top

Return Policy for Contact Lenses

Boxes of disposable lenses cannot be returned once they are opened, and credit cannot be given for unused lenses. To receive credit, unopened boxes must be free of damage and writing. For those individuals who buy their lenses through our office, we will attempt to replace unused lenses with trials that we have in stock.

Refunds can be given for most rigid gas permeable and soft conventional lenses if returned within 60 days of the order date. Back to Top

Why Buy Your Contact Lenses Here?

• We ensure that the ordered lenses are the correct prescription.
• We will replace lenses that arrive missing or damaged.
• We are able to offer a rebate for most disposable contacts
   if a year's supply of lenses is ordered.
• It helps us to maintain an accurate and up-to-date record of  
  your contact lens history.

Please Note: We cannot be responsible for lenses dispensed or fitted elsewhere. Back to Top

Change Intervals

Although a number of patients only change their lenses when they "start to feel bad", this practice is not safe or encouraged. Each lens brand has been tested by the manufacturer to determine an appropriate duration of wear to ensure maximum performance and a reduced risk of complications. The following list details the recommended change interval for the most common brands of lenses that we use:

• Acuvue products – 2 weeks
• Soflens products – 2 weeks
• Air Optix products – 4 weeks
• Purevision products – 4 weeks
• Proclear products – 4 weeks

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Contact Lens Options

Disposable Soft Contacts are the most common type of lenses worn in the United States. A wide range of choices exist, including bifocals and lenses to correct astigmatism. Disposable contacts are easy to maintain and offer superior comfort.

Daily Disposable Contacts are thrown away after one day of use. They are frequently used for patients who have allergies or dry eyes, or for the occasional wearer. Since they require no cleaning or soaking solutions, they are also a great choice for people looking for maximum convenience.

Conventional Soft Contacts are mostly reserved for patients who require unique lens designs or a prescription that is not available in disposable contacts. They are typically changed yearly.

Rigid Gas Permeables – Also known as RGPs, these contacts provide superior vision and have a longer life expectancy than soft contacts. They are also useful for patients that have irregularly shaped corneas.

Hybrid Contacts contain a rigid contact lens center, surrounded by a soft contact lens "skirt." The goal is to provide the superior vision of an RGP with the superior comfort of a soft lens. Hybrid contacts are now available as bifocals.

Astigmatism Correction – Many options now exist to help patients who have astigmatism. Contacts are available as disposables, conventional lenses, or RGPs. These lenses must position well on the eye to achieve the best possible vision.

Bifocals Contacts are used to help reduce the dependency on reading glasses. Numerous types, including disposables and RGPs, are available. Bifocal lenses allow the eyes to work better together to see distance and near objects.

Monovision – This is another option that some patients use to help reduce the dependency on reading glasses. In this case, one eye is corrected for distance viewing and the other is corrected for close viewing. Not everyone is able to do this successfully, as there is a loss in depth perception.

Specialty Contacts – Certain disease conditions, including keratoconus, require specially designed lenses that offer better vision than glasses. Specialty contacts may also be used after corneal transplant surgery or laser vision correction. Back to Top

Payment for Contact Lenses

Contact lenses must be paid for in full when they are picked up from our office. Orders shipped directly to a patient must be paid for in advance. Contacts that have not been paid for and are not picked up within a month of arrival will be returned and the order will be canceled. Back to Top