Fitting and Professional Fees

Goodrich Optical provides exceptional, professional contact lens services. Whether you are new to contacts or currently wear lenses, Dr. Bosak can discuss your options with you. His recommendations are individually tailored to your needs and based on many factors including your refractive error (prescription), visual needs, overall and eye health.

What is a contact lens evaluation?

A contact lens evaluation is a separate part of the comprehensive eye examination and requires additional testing that people who do not wear contact lenses do not need to have. Patients wearing contact lenses require more of the doctor’s time and expertise. In order to prescribe contact lenses, an eye doctor must complete several additional tests:

  • Evaluate the health of your eyes. Paying close attention to the cornea, lids and conjunctiva and how contact lens wear will affect the health of the eye.
  • Determine the proper contact lens prescription based on your refractive error, vision needs and corneal health and curvature. A contact lens prescription is different and separate from a glasses prescription.
  • Examine the contact lenses on your eyes to ensure proper alignment with the cornea and lids.
  • Measure your vision with the contact lenses in making any adjustments as needed. Contact lens examinations and fittings have different levels of difficulty; this depends on the types of contact lenses needed, your visual requirements and the health of your eyes.

Why is the contact lens evaluation separate from the comprehensive eye examination fee?

Most insurance companies require doctors to separate routine comprehensive eye examination fees from any services performed due to contact lenses. More time and testing is required for patients wearing contacts; therefore, most insurance companies treat contact lens services as an additional and separate evaluation from the eye examination.

What is a contact lens prescription?

Your contact lenses are medical devices that can only be dispensed by a prescription. Contact lens prescriptions expire after one year (or sooner if the doctor determines a medical reason for a shorter expiration date). They must be regarded with the same caution you would use for prescription drugs, which include prescription expiration dates and follow-up visits with your eye doctor. Your contact lens prescription will include the power of your contact lenses, the type of contact lenses you wear, the shape of the contact lenses (curvature) and any other information determined by the doctor to be necessary for a proper contact lens fit. Your eyes go through gradual changes in size, shape and physiological requirements (such as oxygen) while wearing contact lenses. These changes can affect the health of the cornea and need to be monitored at least every year. The federal government requires contact lens prescriptions to expire after one year for these reasons.