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What are Contact Lenses?

Contact Lenses are a medical device that is given by prescription and should be treated as any other prescription for medication. Contact lenses can make your daily life more convenient, but if not used properly can lead to serious eye damage.

Can I receive Contact Lenses during my regular eye exam?

During a regular eye exam several tests are made, the overall health of your eyes is evaluated and, if necessary, a prescription is written for glasses. If you want contact lenses, different measurements need to be taken. These measurements require different instruments and take more time. You should always tell us in advance if you want contact lenses so we can be prepared to spend the time with you. Due to the complexity of the contact lens exam, we charge an extra fee, called a Contact Lens Evaluation Fee. This is in addition to the fee charged for your regular exam.

Types of Contact Lenses

Depending upon your prescription, your doctor will determine which lenses are best for you. Some people can use lenses that are mass-produced; others require contact lenses that are specially made only for your eyes.

In addition to contact lenses that improve your vision, we also offer:

  • Contact lenses that change the color of your eyes. Just tell us what eye color you would like and we can help you.

Contact Lens Evaluation

After the doctor determines which lenses are best for you, we can usually give you trial lenses to check your fit and vision. Often we have these temporary lenses in stock. Once your contact lenses are comfortable, one of our staff members will teach you about the insertion, removal and care of your lenses. A follow-up appointment may be made to see the doctor.

All patients new to our practice, even if you are currently wearing contact lenses, will be cared for as new contact lens wearers. Fees for this type of care start at $50.00 plus the cost of a regular exam plus the cost of the lenses and are based on the complexity and type of lenses being fit.

The Contact Lens Evaluation Fee includes instructions on insertion and removal of your lenses, starter solutions and six months of contact lens follow-up care.

Established Contact Lens Patients

If you are already wearing contact lenses that our practice fit you with, we require you to have a contact lens exam annually in order for us to re-fill your contact lens prescription. You will be charged our regular fee for established patients which starts at $35.00.

Health Insurance and Discounts

Most health insurance covers medical eye care, not routine care or contact lens fitting. However, many large employers offer vision insurance which may pay for all, or part, of your examination, and the cost of eyeglasses and contact lenses. We will be pleased to review your coverage to see if any benefits or discounts are available to you.

Releasing your prescription to others (K.R.S. 367)

If you buy the contact lenses from a discounter, we are still responsible for your eye health. That is why we discourage you from taking our prescriptions to discounters. If you find a lower price on contact lenses please give us the opportunity to try to come close to matching the verified price of the discounter. Remember, often times lower price advertising is just a leader to get you in – the final cost may be much higher than our package pricing.

If you take trial lenses from our practice and don’t come back for the follow-up appointment scheduled by our doctor, your prescription is not complete and we cannot release it to a contact lens discounter. If you follow up with us, but ask us to refill a prescription with a discounter, Kentucky law requires us to check your contact lenses annually. If you do not schedule a contact lens visit with our doctor annually, Kentucky law does not allow us to refill your contact lens prescription, whether you buy your contact lenses from us or a discounter.

All established patients are assessed a Contact Lens Evaluation Fee each year to evaluate the health of the eyes in relation to the contacts lenses. Even if you order your contact lenses from a discounter we will charge you an annual fee that starts at $35 to evaluate the fit of your lenses. Once the fit is complete, we will write your contact lens prescription.

Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act (FCLCA)

On February 4, 2004 President Bush signed into federal law the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act. This law specifically states the physician and the consumer responsibilities regarding contact lenses. As a patient you have the right to automatically receive a copy of your specific prescription without asking. However, the prescription can only be given upon the completion of the exam and the contact lens evaluation. The FCLCA is written in conjunction with the current K.R.S. 367. It is not to be used as a replacement and therefore, all state requirements must be adhered to.

How to order Contact Lenses from Us

  • Call our office at (502) 589-1500
  • Order your contact lenses directly from our website. You will receive a confirmation once the order has been placed
Our Refund Policy
  • Disposable contact lenses are non-refundable
  • Bifocal Rigid Gas Permeable (RPG) lenses carry a 60 day refund
Your Satisfaction

We want you to be happy. If you have any questions, please call our office at 502-589-1500 and ask to speak with our Contact Lens technician. Our specialist probably already knows you and will ask the doctor if they cannot answer your questions.

Contact Us

We are always interested in hearing from you. Feel free to contact us. To schedule an appointment, please call the office at (502) 589-1500.

Our Location

The Eye Care Institute
1536 Story Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

Phone: (502) 589-1500
Fax: 502-589-1556
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Office Hours: Mon - Fri: 7:30AM - 5:00PM
Exams: Mon - Fri: 7:50AM - 3:50PM
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