Contact Lens Exam
What Is A Contact Lens Evaluation?
A contact lens evaluation is a separate part of a 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 and eye doctor must complete several additional tests:
1. Evaluate the health of the eye paying close attention to the cornea, eyelids and conjunctiva and how contact lens wear will affect the health of the eye.
2. Determine the proper contact lens prescription based on each individual patient's glasses prescription vision needs and corneal health and curvature. A contact lens prescription is different and separate from a glasses prescription.
3. Examine the contact lens on the eye to ensure proper alignment with the cornea and lids.
4. Measure the vision with the contact lenses on the eye and make adjustments as indicated.
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 a patient who wears contact lenses, therefore, most insurance companies treat contact lens services as an additional and separate evaluation from the eye examination.