LENSES SUPPLY AND FITTING PROCEDURE
1) For new patients*
an initial 1 hour appointment enables us to take relevant ocular
history and discuss what you would like to achieve from wearing lenses.
The ocular health of your eye will be recorded, which includes size and
shape of your eye, tear quality and quantity assessment and recording
all aspects of your cornea, eyelids and sclera.
2) We then discuss
with you various options for contact lens fitting. If you are happy to
proceed you will be shown how to handle your lens for cleaning, together
with the procedure for inserting and removing the lens from your eye.
This can take up to a further hour to complete depending on your
dexterity. Depending on time constraints & lens availability this may
not be possible at the initial appointment and a further appointment
will be scheduled. The initial fitting charge of £60 includes the
lenses and relevant solution for the trial.
3) You will then
trial the lenses over the next 1-2 weeks and be asked to
return for your 1st aftercare appointment wearing your lenses
after this period (there is no additional cost for this appointment as
it is included in the initial fitting charge). At this 20 minute
appointment a comparison is made from your original ocular health.
If you are happy, and as a practitioner we see no problems with the eye,
your first supply of contact lenses (and solutions if applicable) can be
ordered. This initial supply will be provided by us, as part of the
contact lens fitting procedure, with a discount of £25 applied to
the normal cost of the lenses. As a new wearer we must see you again for
a 2nd aftercare appointment usually between 3-6 months, again to
compare the ocular health. This is essential as a settling in period
cannot always be achieved quickly. Patients who may have dryer eyes for
instance carry higher infection risks and it is therefore crucial to see
the eyes over a more frequent period.
After this 2nd
aftercare, if we are happy we have achieved a satisfactory fit
with no sign of ocular damage, you can continue to order your
lenses by 3 different options:
1. We can
continue supplying you with lenses and regular aftercare
appointments. Aftercare appointments, for which we usually charge
£35, are provided free of charge to our Monthly Contact Lens
Scheme members who are also entitled to free replacement
of lost or damaged lenses and a 20% discount on
the cost of complete prescription spectacles/sunglasses. There
is a minimum of 60 pairs on daily contact lenses to receive the
2. Pay as you go option is
available. This will not include the Monthly scheme
benefits. Aftercare appointments are charged for
separately at £35.
3. You can be
issued with your Contact Lens Specification, after the
completion of the 2nd aftercare appointment to which a charge of £35
is payable. This will enable you to buy your lenses from an
alternative source. Any further aftercare or emergency visits will
carry a separate charge, currently £35 per appointment.
Please note that the supplier of your contact lenses will be
responsible for ensuring that you have completed the relevant
aftercare appointments, ensuring continued good ocular health on a
*New patients include anyone
not currently wearing contact lenses or current wearers unable
to provide us with written confirmation of a Contact Lens
Specification from their previous opticians. A current Eye
Examination is also required.