I don’t understand the contact lens fitting fee. Is it necessary?
Yes, it is necessary. There are thousands of styles and sizes of contact lenses on the market and it is our job to find the best fit. Dr. Ephraim does not favor one brand over another; his only goal is to make you as comfortable as possible with great vision and eye health response. Because contacts require special measurements, a new prescription (it’s not the same as your glasses Rx) and follow-up care, there is a charge for fitting contact lenses. The fitting fee is so important that many insurance companies pay for it; when insurance pays for it, you know it’s necessary. A poor fitting contact lens can lead to abrasions and scars on your eyes, but complications are easy to avoid as long as you commit to finding the best fit. Sometimes it takes a few weeks of trial and error and other times you’ll be approved after a week of trial wear. Be patient with the process and your eyes will thank you.
Why are your contact lens prices the same as 1-800?
Recently, a study concluded that patients who get their contacts online are significantly more likely to get eye infections. We matched 1-800 prices because we’d rather your eyes be infection-free. Seeing Dr. Ephraim for fit and follow-up care is very important in the process of finding a contact lens suitable for your unique eyes. It’s no extra cost to you, and it makes us feel warm and fuzzy. It's a win, win.
How many contacts can I buy?
Dr. Ephraim approves patients for a one year supply of contact lenses. We recommend buying an annual supply because rebates are usually best if you purchase the entire year. Plus, it's more convenient for you if you don't have to worry about buying more contacts every six months. If you order 12 months of lenses we will mail them to your home for free.
Do I need glasses if I wear contacts?
Absolutely. They don't have to be stylish, but you need to have a pair of glasses if you’re a contact lens wearer. If you get an eye infection or abrasion you will not be allowed to put contacts on, so having a pair of glasses is definitely necessary. Also, if you’re wearing contacts safely and take them out one hour before bed, it’s nice to be able to see your TV/computer/spouse/dog.
Can I sleep in my contacts?
Let us answer your question with a question. Would you wear your socks, or underwear for that matter, for days at a time without washing/changing them? The answer is no. Putting a medical device on an organ (your eye) is not taken lightly in this office. We are more cautious than the FDA recommends because your vision is our #1 priority. Permanent vision loss due to poor contact lens fit and/or irresponsible wear happens way too often and it is our goal to do as much as we can to make sure your eyes stay healthy and happy. Do not sleep in your contacts, even if they’re approved for “overnight wear.” Your eyes need to breathe and your white blood cells have work to do. You should sterilize your contacts while you sleep…it’s not like you need them.
Can I swim in my contacts?
Dr. Ephraim does not support swimming in contacts, especially if the water is non-chlorinated. On occasion, he will approve daily lenses to be worn for aquatic activity, but insists that the lenses be removed and thrown away after the activity concludes. If you are a serious swimmer, he recommends getting a pair of prescription goggles.
Explain your contact lens policy for people under 16 years old.
Dr. Ephraim will not fit continuous-wear contacts on people under 16 years old. Contacts are a big responsibility and our office makes contact lens-wearing as hygienic as possible for youngsters. People in this group will be approved for daily contact lenses only. We understand they’re more expensive than continuous wear contacts, but your kids’ eye health comes first. Easy and Hygienic is our motto for this group. Put on a new pair at the beginning of the day and throw them away at night. Repeat.