Types of Contact Lenses at Hudson Eye Physicians & Surgeons, LLC
There are two major categories of contact lenses: soft contact lenses and rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses. Within these two major categories are a number of types of lenses for solving different vision problems, including: soft daily wear contact lenses, rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses, contact lenses for astigmatism, extended wear contact lenses, disposable or planned replacement contact lenses, multifocal (presbyopic) contact lenses, and Ortho-K lenses.
Regardless of the type of contacts that you are interested in, a thorough eye examination, contact lens fitting, and a valid prescription are required.
At Hudson Eye Physicians & Surgeons, LLC, the vast majority of contact lenses prescribed fall into the categories as listed above. In addition, we prescribe contact lenses for some special purposes, for those patients requesting these types of fittings and contact lenses.
Ordering Your Contact Lenses
We have arranged with our contact lens supplier for our patients to be able to purchase directly from them. This enables us to indirectly sell lenses at prices competitive with most online sellers.
First time purchasing contact lenses with us? Read this first!
When you connect to the web store, you will be asked to LOG IN or CREATE AN ACCOUNT for yourself.
BEFORE you order lenses, please see the links for TERMS AND CONDITIONS that appear at the bottom of the web store home page.
Once logged in, you can order your lenses.
If need be, your prescription will be electronically verified with us.
Once you place your order, it will be processed and mailed directly to you by our supplier’s warehouse.
Should you change your mind about the order, please forward the order number and all information to us as quickly as possible. If the company can be notified prior to the order being shipped, we may be able to cancel the order.
Should you change your mind after the item has been shipped, there may be a restocking fee applied to the order. Please understand that this order is being processed by a large company, which is why you can purchase lenses at a discount; any restocking fee charged is to the company and not to us. As such, we cannot waive the restocking fee.
If you want to return all or part of the order, please send or bring it into the office along with any paperwork you have. We can process the return for you. We will arrange the refund for you, though return of funds may take a few days, based on timing of the return and our ability to reach the contact lens company. There may be an additional postage charge to return the lenses.
Important note about overnight shipping
Also, the processing time starts on the first business day following the order. If you are ordering a special lens, such as a Toric or Astigmatic lens, processing time may be affected by lens availability.
If in doubt and you are in a hurry, call the office before spending money on overnight shipping!
Important note for VSP patients
For those patients who have VSP (Vision Service Plan), do not order lenses via this web store if you expect VSP to pay for your lenses. Call the office and order through the office. This web store is not part of Hudson Eye Physicians & Surgeons, LLC.
If you have any questions or comments, please e-mail us, or call the office and we will try to assist you.
Decorative nonprescription contact lenses
A type of specialty contact lens that has become popular among people who don’t even have a need for vision correction are contacts that have the sole purpose of changing the appearance of your eyes. These are sometimes called “Plano,” “Zero-Powered,” or “Non-Corrective” lenses. Wearers of these contact lenses can temporarily change brown eyes to blue and can even create different themes such as Halloween or Dracula by modifying the eye’s appearance.
EVEN THOUGH THESE DECORATIVE LENSES DO NOT CORRECT VISION, THEY ARE A MEDICAL DEVICE. THE FDA STRICTLY REGULATES THEM. This is because, even without correction, they pose the identical risks to patients that “regular” contact lenses pose.
These risks include:
- Conjunctivitis or pink eye
- Corneal abrasions
- Corneal ulcers
- Vision impairment
Many patients are simply unaware of the need for a proper fitting and prescription for these lenses and have purchased decorative contact lenses from beauty salons, record stores, video stores, flea markets, convenience stores, beach shops, and the Internet.
Buying contact lenses without a prescription is dangerous!