Contact lenses are foreign bodies placed directly on the eye. This changes the ocular environment and requires regular monitoring to assure long term ocular health. The early stages of some forms of ocular pathology do not produce obvious symptoms. When these changes are detected early, remedial action can be taken to prevent the development of more serious complications. If changes in existing contact lens parameters are indicated a re-fitting is required to determine new lens specifications and the fitting protocol will be followed. An annual evaluation is strongly recommended for all contact lens wearers. An evaluation will determine the condition of your present contact lenses, your eyes tolerance for them, and any changes in lens parameters that are needed.
A healthy corneal surface is smooth and regular in shape. Occasionally, due to poorly tolerated contacts or ocular pathology, the corneal surface can become irregular in shape and cause blurred vision. When this condition is suspect a special diagnostic test, corneal topography, is indicated. Corneal topography is a detailed sophisticated measurement of thousands of points on the corneal surface. This information is then used to produce a topographical map of the corneal surface which will clearly show surface irregularities. This information can be highly valuable in determining the proper course of action for your future contact lens wear.
A contact lens prescription
The end result of a successfully completed contact lens fitting. It details the exact contact lens specifications that have been found to be appropriate for your eyes during the fitting process. A current prescription is required by law to purchase contact lenses. Your contact lens prescription can be used to purchase your lenses here or elsewhere.
A contact lens fitting
A process wherein specific lenses are selected for you that should be safe, comfortable, and provide good acceptable vision. Measurements of the eyes are taken, an initial pair of lenses is selected, care and handling instructions are provided, and then the contacts are dispensed to you to be worn for a one to two week trial period. After the trial period you will return to the clinic for a follow-up visit to evaluate the eyes tolerance for the contacts, to recheck the visual acuity and accuracy of the lens correction, and to address any problems that you may have had. Follow-up visits are an essential and necessary part of the fitting process.
It is important to keep your scheduled follow-up visits during the fitting process. Most manufacturers offer a warranty period of 60 to 90 days and, during this period, lens parameter changes can be made without incurring additional charges. Once the warranty period has expired no further changes can be made without additional charges. Your warranty information will be provided to you at the time of your fitting.
Fees for Professional Service
Professional fees for service are separate from material or contact lens costs. Payment for evaluations, re-evaluations, and office visits is due when the service is provided. Insurance does not cover a standard contact evaluation, or re-evaluation. Please contact our office for specific pricing information. Payment for a contact lens fitting or re-fitting is due when the service is requested and initiated. Payment for contact lenses is due when the lenses are ordered. Special orders may include additional charges.
Refunds for contact lenses vary according to lens type and the manufacturers’ policy and will incur a restocking fee. Refund information for your lens type will be provided at the time of your fitting. There are no refunds for service fees.