Optometry and Contact Lens Service at Mass. Eye and Ear
The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Optometry and Contact Lens Service provides comprehensive eye examinations, including screening, diagnosis, and management of diseases and disorders of the visual system. The service specializes in glasses and contact lenses for patients with vision conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. The service has an extensive knowledge of contact lens fitting methods, techniques, and newly available lens modalities.
A contact lens is a medical device. Because the lens makes contact with the eye, a precise fit is necessary. A thorough evaluation and fitting is needed to insure a healthy contact lens fit. Many styles of lenses are available.
Most contact lens users choose to wear contact lenses as an alternative to wearing eyeglasses, even though the full visual potential can be achieved with glasses.
Contact lenses may also be recommended by ophthalmologists as medically necessary in special instances when contact lenses achieve the best visual potential that eyeglasses cannot deliver. This may be due to an irregular corneal surface, such as in keratoconus, corneal trauma, and post-surgical irregularity.
Regarding Health Insurance
Most health insurance carriers do not cover the cost of contact lens services or lenses unless they are needed to evaluate or treat medical conditions and symptoms that cannot be treated with eyeglasses.
Page last updated: January 10, 2014