Contact lenses have become a popular option for people of all ages in their need for vision correction. There are numerous new contact lens options available including lenses for multifocal, astigmatism, keratoconus, and dry eyes. Whether you are interested in trying contacts for the first time or updating a current prescription, Dressler Ophthalmology can assist you in meeting all of your contact lens needs.

I am interested in trying contacts, what is my first step?

The first thing you need to do is call the office to schedule an appointment. If you are new to the practice, you will need to have a complete eye exam in order for our staff to obtain the most current measurements of your vision. This will give us a starting point and help to determine exactly what your contact lens vision correction needs are.

Will I be able to have a complete eye exam and contact fitting in the same day?

Usually, we split up the complete exam and contact lens fitting into two separate visits since you will be dilated for your complete exam, which can interfere with some lens fittings.

I am brand new to contacts, how will I learn to use them?

If you are new to contacts, we will schedule you for a contact fitting and you will need a contact lens teaching session as well. This teaching session will be a one-on-one consultation with one of our skilled ophthalmic technicians who will instruct you on the insertion, removal, and care of your lenses. Teaching fees will apply.

What are the costs of contact fittings?

The cost of a contact lens fitting is dependant on the type of lenses that you need to have fit. We will not be able to determine the cost of your fitting until we evaluate your eyes at your complete eye exam. Call our office to speak with one of our staff members for further details.

Are contact lens fitting fees refundable? 

No, fitting fees are non-refundable.

I have an astigmatism, can I wear contacts?

Absolutely! There have been many advancements in astigmatic lenses.

I wear multifocal or bifocal eyeglasses, is there a multifocal or bifocal option for contacts?

Yes. Multifocal contact lenses are available including daily disposable multifocal contact lenses! 

How long is a contact prescription good for?

Contact lenses are medical devices that need to be monitored on a regular basis to reduce the incidence of ocular complications. Federal law states that a contact lens prescription is good for up to 12 months and needs to be updated every year. When you come in for your annual exam, if you wear existing contacts and want these evaluated at the same time as your eye exam, you may have a contact lens evaluation to look at the contacts on your eyes and see how they are fitting/working. A separate fee is charged for this evaluation and is not considered part of the regular eye exam. Also, this is not a re-fitting fee. If it is determined that your eye health would be best served by re-fitting into different contacts, additional charges apply. Currently, the contact evaluation fee is $40 for soft lenses and $60 for hard or specialty lenses. This fee may increase in the future.

Where can I purchase contact lenses once I have my prescription?

You are able to take your contact prescription to be filled at a place of your choosing….but we recommend you fill it here since our prices are often lower than discount vendors!  We have many different basic spherical lenses in stock and ready for immediate purchase. We can even get you valuable manufacturer’s rebate coupons, available only in doctors’ offices, to help you save money!