At Rochester Eye Associates, we are proud to offer a full range of contact lens services, including fitting, evaluation and supply of lenses. Our goal is to provide an effective, healthy, and comfortable alternative to glasses.
If you are new to contacts, you will need a separate appointment for the fitting following your comprehensive eye exam (see below). Existing contact patients with health or vision issues may also need a refitting appointment.
There are many types of contacts, including daily disposable, frequent replacement, toric (astigmatism), and multifocal lenses. Other more specialized lenses include rigid gas permeable and prosthetic lenses. Cosmetic tinted lenses may also be available in your prescription. Your doctor will help determine the right contact lens for you. Please feel free to call us with any questions.
Buying Lenses and Getting Fitted: Two Different Things
In the United States, contact lenses are a prescription item, just like medicines. Even if you already have an eyeglass prescription, you will need a contact lens prescription that contains additional information. By law, you have the right to obtain your contact lens prescription, but a contact lens fitting is required to correctly prescribe contacts. It cannot be written from a glasses prescription.
Years ago, replacement contact lenses were available only from eye doctors. Now, the lenses themselves can be purchased from a variety of vendors, but the need for eye exams and contact lens fittings by the eye doctor is as important as ever.
A contact lens is a medical device. If it's not properly prescribed, you may not see well. More importantly, a poorly fitting lens — or one made from a material not well-suited to your eyes — could result in discomfort, inflammation, swelling, abrasion, or another problem that could, in rare cases, result in permanent eye damage or vision loss.
That, and the risk of infection, are also why it's unwise to share contact lenses with other wearers.
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