Contact lens fittings and sales are offered at each of our six metropolitan locations. At our three largest locations, experienced opticians provide fitting services under the direction of our ophthalmologists and optometrists. At our 7202 Giles and 18111 Q Street locations the fitting services are provided by our optometrists.
A contact lens fitting requires several visits to the office and is not part of your doctor exam. Fitting fees range from $35 for existing disposable lens wearers to over $200 for patients with complex corneal disease. The contact lens optician or doctor will inform you of the fitting fee before you commit to the fitting process.
Although contact lenses are quite common, the fitting process is much more complicated than buying a pair of eyeglasses. While an eyeglass prescription is usually the start of a contact lens fitting, there is much more involved. The technician or doctor must determine what type of lens works best for you based on your lifestyle and the condition of your eyes. For example, a patient who often complains about dry eyes will need to wear a lens that lets more moisture pass through the lens, while a patient with significant astigmatism will need a lens that specifically corrects that condition.
Once the technician or doctor has selected the lens that should work for you, then you’ll need a trial period to wear the lens. For disposable lenses, we’ll provide you with a few pairs of lenses that can be thrown away after the trial wearing period. For durable lenses intended to last for months or years, we’ll provide you with the actual lens to be sold to you, so those will need to be returned or purchased. After a few days or weeks of wearing these lenses on a trial basis, we’ll have you return to the office so the technician or doctor can assess how good the fit is – are the lenses irritating your cornea, or are they fitting correctly – and talk to you about whether the lenses address you vision and comfort needs. If you decide the lens is right for you, the contact lens technician will write a contact lens prescription to complete the process.
Once you’ve paid your fitting fee, you have the option of taking your contact lens prescription to another contact lens provider or purchasing your contact lenses through Midwest Eye Care. If you purchase your lenses through Midwest Eye Care, you gain the following benefits:
- We will issue credits for partial box returns for disposable lenses, which is particularly useful when your contact lens prescription changes while you still have contact lenses to wear.
- For patients who need to be seen by their doctor or the contact lens appointment for an annual exam, but need to push their exam off a few weeks, we’ll provide a few disposable lenses to help you make it until your next exam.
- Patients with a current prescription who are experiencing a contact lens problem can schedule a free evaluation to determine what is wrong. The optician or doctor will provide their recommendations based on that free evaluation.