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Contact Lens FAQ

See clearly with contacts.

Stock photo of a contact sitting on a contact lens caseAn estimated 45 million Americans wear contact lenses to help them improve their vision while minimizing the affects on their appearance and daily activities.

Have questions? Check out our list of frequently asked questions below for more information on contact lens costs, exams and care.

Does a routine eye examination include a contact lens prescription?

No. A routine eye examination provides the patient with a glasses prescription. A separate contact lens fitting is required to determine the contact lens prescription. This may be done during the same appointment.

What is involved in a contact lens fitting?

At a contact lens fitting, the doctor will evaluate the fit, centration and movement of the lenses and perform additional testing if necessary. At a follow-up appointment, an additional examination will be done to look for contact lens-related complications. A trial pair of diagnostic contact lenses will be dispensed to the patient for a trial period to determine if the comfort and vision is acceptable.

What is covered in the contact lens fitting fee?

During your contact lens fitting we will train you how to properly care for your lenses, how to insert and remove your new contact lenses and offer you a contact lens trials (if necessary), and we finish by evaluating the fit of your new lenses.

Do I need to pay this fee each year?

Yes. The doctor checks the health of your cornea with contact lens wear. The doctor will also check to see if the lens needs to be changed due to a prescription change or the health of your eye.

How much does the contact lens exam cost?

Normal contact lens exam fee is $136. The fees are determined by the complexity of the fit, if the patient has previously worn contact lenses, and also whether refraction is needed. For a detailed pricing list see contact lens Fees and Policy.

How long is a contact lens prescription valid?

One year, unless determined by the doctor that the patient needs to return sooner.

What are some of the risks associated with contact lenses?

Some of the major risks associated with contact lens use are eye infections, corneal ulcers and pink eye. Often, complications associated with contact lens use can be avoided with proper handling as well as an appropriate wear schedule. Proper care and use of the lenses is imperative for maintaining the health of your eyes. Please talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.

Will my insurance cover my contact lens fitting?

Each insurance plan is different, so coverage depends on your specific plan. One of our staff members will be happy to inquire with your insurance company about your eligibility.