Contact lenses are a great alternative to conventional eyeglasses. They are convenient for an active lifestyle and allow you to participate in a wide range of activities. Our doctors can fit you into a contact lens using your exact prescription. Contact lenses are comfortable to wear and are cost effective. If you are an existing contact lens wearer but would like to try a different type of lens, our doctors can help select the best lens for you and your lifestyle.
Specialty Contact Lenses
Specialty Contact Lenses are used to treat a wide variety of eye conditions such as dry eye syndrome, keratoconus, corneal scarring, and corneal transplants, as well as contact lens intolerance. Our optometrists will examine your eyes, and prescribe lenses that can improve your vision. Patients needing specialty contact lenses should see one of our
optometrists that specialize in specialty contact lenses: Dr. Dustin Dixon at our Lakeland – Harden location;
Dr. Julia King at our Lake Wales location; or Dr. Courtney Beaumont at our Sebring location.
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Contact Lens Exam Fees Explained
Why is there a Contact Lens Exam fee?
This fee covers the extra tests performed by the doctor along with any necessary follow-up visits and trial lenses. These procedures are only done on patients that wear contacts; it is in addition to the services provided during the annual eye exam.
Why doesn’t my insurance cover that fee?
Insurance companies view most contact lenses as elective vision correction and generally offer a discount towards the contact fitting fee. In rare occasions, insurance companies may consider contacts as medically necessary and cover a portion or all of a contact fitting, such as those for patients with conditions like keratoconus. Most insurance companies take the position that if your vision can be corrected with glasses, then contacts are not medically necessary and therefore are not covered as extensively as glasses and your annual eye exam. If you believe that should change, then we urge you to contact your insurance company and discuss the matter with them.
How much is the Contact Lens Exam fee and how is that determined?
There are different levels of charges based on several factors. You may view a full list of our annual eye exam and contact lens fitting charges here. We are more than happy to discuss the full range of prices up front with any patient based on previous contact lens history and what the patient desires to use going forward. The doctor can only determine the exact level of the fitting after completing the exam because that is when all of the patient’s needs have been assessed. Those factors include:
1) The complexity of the fit: Many options for vision correction exist and have varying levels of complexity in order to determine the optimal Rx. These options include spherical lenses (what many patients are most familiar with), toric lenses for astigmatism, monovision, and bifocal lenses.
2) Patient’s ocular health: The condition of the eyelids, conjunctiva, cornea, and tear film all affect the optimal contact lens material, shape, and care. Even your general health and any conditions you might have can affect ocular health; these must be taken into consideration as well.
3) History of previous eye surgeries or injuries: corneal irregularities or eye sensitivity can be brought on by eye surgeries or injuries. In these cases, more care may be required in order to prevent irritation or complications.
4) New patient vs. established patient: New patients require longer appointments because there is more history to collect and options to discuss. Established patients pay a lower fee; our doctors have a previous knowledge of the patient and any conditions they might have, which makes the process quicker.
Contact lens examinations are available at all 8 of our locations in Auburndale, Clermont, Haines City, Lakeland – Harden Blvd., Lakeland – CR 540-A, Lake Wales, Sebring, and Winter Haven. If you are in need of specialty contacts, please let us know when you call to schedule your next contact lens exam at 800-282-3937.