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Do You Need to See a Doctor For Plano Color Contacts?

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Old 09-18-2008, 09:49 AM
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Default Do You Need to See a Doctor For Plano Color Contacts?

I'm a little confused. Maybe you can help me.

I saw an article on line about color contacts. They say that you can get color contact lenses without a prescription. To me that sounds like you can stroll into any Wal-Mart and get some jade green contacts and be on your merry way.

While it's true that you can buy plano contacts that have no power to correct vision, you still need to go see your eye doctor for a fitting, correct? You may not need a note from your doctor specifying a power, sphere, cylinder or axis, but you still need a doctor to write down the diameter and base curve, correct?

Would that not be a prescription?
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I can't believe store sells colored contact lenses without prescription! You're totally right about the fitting: an optometrist (eye doctor) can give you a "prescription" for your eyes measurements. Without it, you can buy lens not made for your eye. And believe me, a poorly fitting lens is very annoying (keeps going down and in the edges). Worst, in can cause inflammation and abrasion.

So definitely go for a prescription even if you haven't to. In some states, even opticians can do it! Your eyes will thank you!
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Default Do You Need to See a Doctor For Plano Color Contacts?

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I can't believe store sells colored contact lenses without prescription! You're totally right about the fitting: an optometrist (eye doctor) can give you a "prescription" for your eyes measurements. Without it, you can buy lens not made for your eye. And believe me, a poorly fitting lens is very annoying (keeps going down and in the edges). Worst, in can cause inflammation and abrasion.

So definitely go for a prescription even if you haven't to. In some states, even opticians can do it! Your eyes will thank you!
So, wait . . . what's the difference between an optometrist and an optician? Once you tell me, how will I keep them straight?
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So, wait . . . what's the difference between an optometrist and an optician? Once you tell me, how will I keep them straight?
An optometrist is a Doctor of Optometry, an O.D. (not to be confused with a Doctor of Medicine, an M.D.). They examine and diagnose eye diseases, as well as prescribing/fitting you with contacts and glasses.

An optician merely adjusts and fits optical products such as glasses and orders contact lenses from a prescription (in most states)

If you have something seriously wrong with your eyes, for sure see an Ophthalmologist. He is a highly educated and trained specialist that knows all there is to know about the eye. (my daughter has a boyfriend who's father is an Ophthalmologist. He primarily does surgery to correct all types of injuries and defects). It comes in handy having a doctor "in the family"!

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While it's true that you can buy plano contacts that have no power to correct vision, you still need to go see your eye doctor for a fitting, correct? You may not need a note from your doctor specifying a power, sphere, cylinder or axis, but you still need a doctor to write down the diameter and base curve, correct?
Yes and No! Under new regulations introduced in June 2005, plano cosmetic contact lenses are now regulated in the same way as powered lenses and may only be fitted by or under the supervision of a registered optometrist, qualified dispensing optician or medical practitioner. So. . . you can't just walk into any Wal-Mart and purchase a pair.
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Old 06-29-2009, 11:43 AM
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An optometrist is a Doctor of Optometry, an O.D. (not to be confused with a Doctor of Medicine, an M.D.). They examine and diagnose eye diseases, as well as prescribing/fitting you with contacts and glasses.

An optician merely adjusts and fits optical products such as glasses and orders contact lenses from a prescription (in most states)

If you have something seriously wrong with your eyes, for sure see an Ophthalmologist. He is a highly educated and trained specialist that knows all there is to know about the eye. (my daughter has a boyfriend who's father is an Ophthalmologist. He primarily does surgery to correct all types of injuries and defects). It comes in handy having a doctor "in the family"!

Yes and No! Under new regulations introduced in June 2005, plano cosmetic contact lenses are now regulated in the same way as powered lenses and may only be fitted by or under the supervision of a registered optometrist, qualified dispensing optician or medical practitioner. So. . . you can't just walk into any Wal-Mart and purchase a pair.
Thanks for all the good information, Catt.
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