Contact lenses can be purchased from a variety of sources (your eye care professional, store chains, online retailers), but only after you've been evaluated and fitted by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. If you already wear lenses, you'll need a copy of your contact lens prescription from your eye care professional in order to buy.
Cost and Insurance Information
Every eye care professional individually determines his or her fees for services. Several factors may determine the initial cost of contact lenses, including:
- A thorough diagnostic examination
- A lens care kit
- Lens wear and care training
- Follow-up office visits over a specified period of time
If you have a health insurance plan that includes vision coverage, check to see what benefits are provided for contact lenses. Typically you'll find one of two scenarios:
- You get a simple percentage discount at participating retailers and eye care professionals.
- You get an annual allowance toward the cost of your contacts and your contact lens exam.