Contact Lens Exams
At Dr. Landrio & Associates, we strive to meet all of your eye and vision care needs. Corrective lens evaluations and prescription management are provided by our optometrists in Merrick.
After a comprehensive eye and vision evaluation, the doctor will discuss the variety of contact lens options with you to select the type that best fits your vision needs and lifestyle.
Prior to prescribing contact lenses, the doctor determines what level of vision correction you require. Refractive error (commonly known as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism depending on the error) is evaluated by measuring how the eyes focus when a series of different lenses are placed in front of them.
Our doctors may use either a phoropter or an automated instrument to take these measurements. To schedule an appointment for a vision evaluation with one of the doctors in our office, call 516-546-4800 today.
Contact Lens Evaluation Fee
The contact lens evaluation fee covers the extra tests performed by the doctor along with any necessary follow-up visits and trial lenses. These procedures are only done on patients that wear contacts; it is in addition to the services provided during the annual eye exam.
Why doesn’t my insurance cover that fee? Insurance companies view most contact lenses as elective vision correction and generally offer a discount towards the contact fitting fee. On rare occasions, insurance companies may consider contacts as medically necessary and cover a portion or all of a contact fitting, such as those for patients with conditions like keratoconus. Most insurance companies take the position that if your vision can be corrected with glasses, then contacts are not medically necessary and therefore are not covered as extensively as glasses and your annual eye exam. If you believe that should change, then we urge you to contact your insurance company and discuss the matter with them.
How Much is the Contact Lens Exam Fee and How is that Determined?
There are different levels of charges based on several factors. We are more than happy to discuss the full range of prices upfront with any patient based on previous contact lens history and what the patient desires to use going forward.
The doctor can only determine the exact level of the fitting after completing the exam because that is when all of the patient’s needs have been assessed.
The complexity of the fit
Many options for vision correction exist and have varying levels of complexity in order to determine the optimal Rx. These options include spherical lenses (what many patients are most familiar with), toric lenses for astigmatism, monovision, and bifocal lenses.
Patient’s ocular health
The condition of the eyelids, conjunctiva, cornea, and tear film all affect the optimal contact lens material, shape, and care. Even your general health and any conditions you might have can affect ocular health; these must be taken into consideration as well.
History of previous eye surgeries or injuries
Corneal irregularities or eye sensitivity can be brought on by eye surgeries or injuries. In these cases, more care may be required in order to prevent irritation or complications.
New patient vs. established patient
New patients require longer appointments because there is more history to collect and options to discuss. Established patients pay a lower fee; our doctors have previous knowledge of the patient and any conditions they might have, which makes the process quicker.
Contact Our Optometry Team in Merrick Today
Here at Dr. Lori Landrio & Associates in Merrick, NY, we offer a wide variety of eye care services that can effectively treat many eye conditions. If you are suffering from an eye injury or disease, schedule an appointment with us today by calling 516-546-4800 or contact us.