Contact lenses are a convenient tool for vision correction. Whether you’re nearsighted (myopia), farsighted (hyperopia) or have an astigmatism, your doctor may present contact lenses as an option. We refer to these as elective contact lenses.
Let’s go over the basics:
When are contact lenses considered elective?
Contact lenses are considered elective when the user’s vision correction could be treated with eyeglasses, but instead they select the convenience of contact lenses. In most cases, vision insurance will only cover one or the other (eyeglasses OR contact lenses) during a benefit period.
Is my vision care exam all I’ll need to order contacts?
If you decide you’d like contact lenses instead of eyeglasses, your doctor will perform a contact lens fit/evaluation. This evaluation is necessary yearly, as your doctor needs to be sure that the contact lens is resting properly on your eye and that there have been no changes in the fit.
As a result of the contact lens fit/evaluation, your doctor will prescribe a contact lens brand, diameter and base curve based on your needs.
Are there additional fees for elective contact lenses?
Depending on your vision coverage, you may have an allowance for contact lenses, and associated costs (i.e., the contact lens fit). It is vital to know if and what you’re covered for before selecting materials at your appointment.
If you need further explanation regarding elective contact lenses, talk to your eye care provider or your insurance company. As always, it is important to know what is covered for your vision care before scheduling an appointment.