Eye Exam for Contact Lenses

Discussion in 'Contact Lenses' started by netcomm888, Jan 5, 2005.

  1. netcomm888

    netcomm888 Guest

    Does eye exam for contact lenses expire after one year? I have my eyes
    examed back to Feburary 2003. However, I went to Walmart tody to buy
    contact lense and was told the prescription was expired. And it is
    gonna cost another $65 for eye exam. It really does not make sense to
    me. How much could my eyes change within one year?! I always thought
    eye prescription lasts for two years!

    Two questions:
    1. Is there anyway I could get contact lenses without doctor
    prescription, or at least without very strict rules? How about Canada?
    2. Is there anyway I could get a cheaper eye exam?


    Thanks
     
    netcomm888, Jan 5, 2005
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    nipidoc Guest

    $65 is too expensive? Wow. In my office I charge $275 for contact
    lens exams for new patients and $175 for returning patients.

    It's not the prescription power of the lenses that people worry about.
    It's the health and physiology of the eye. Often times, changes in
    the eye health of contact lens wearers do NOT show symptoms until the
    disease state is far advanced. That's why contact lens wearers should
    be examined once per year.

    nipidoc
     
    nipidoc, Jan 5, 2005
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    The Real Bev Guest

    Depends on the state. In California, prescriptions for glasses or
    contacts are only good for a year.
    What brand, diameter and base curve do you need? If you don't know the
    answers to those questions it's a fool's errand to try to fit yourself
    with contacts -- especially if you have astigmatism. I had to try 16
    different pair of lenses over a period of perhaps six months in both RGP
    and soft before finally settling on some that are adequate, but not
    good, and the fit of which lenses varies greatly from individual lens to
    individual lens. The exercise cost me $450 and I am unable to order
    more lenses because some of the damn things may not fit even though they
    all come from the same batch.
    That's pretty cheap for a contact lens fitting, which may require MANY
    return visits.

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    Cheers,
    Bev
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    If you are going to try cross-country skiing,
    start with a small country.
     
    The Real Bev, Jan 5, 2005
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    Charles Guest

    I am pretty sure this became US law about a year ago. I think last
    January. Contact lens prescriptions are only good for a year. It was
    part of a law that requires the Optometrist to give you the
    prescription.
     
    Charles, Jan 5, 2005
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    Don Lee Guest

    That's pretty steep. Are you an optician, optometrist, or an
    opthalmologist?
     
    Don Lee, Jan 6, 2005
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