Is my spectacle prescription the same as my contact lens prescription?
No, the two are different. If you are planning to include a contact lens fitting during your next eye exam, make sure to let the optometrist know so that they may schedule enough time for it. An optometrist will only issue a contact lens prescription once the patient has been successfully fitted with contacts. In order to retain your right to purchase your contact lenses from any retailer of your choice, it will be important for you to ask your optician to fit you with a national brand of contact lenses and NOT a “practitioner-only” brand as some practitioners may elect to do. The difference is important. If you are prescribed a “practitioner-only” brand, then you may have to return to the optometrists’ office when purchasing replacement contacts. This limits your ability to shop for pricing and makes the whole process less convenient. A national brand allows you to purchase from a retailer whose sales policies and pricing best suits your needs. Once issued, the contact lens prescription will contain information such as brand, power, base curve, diameter, cylinder, axis and colour. The minimum validity of such a prescription is no less than one year.
Do I need a prescription to wear coloured lenses?
Yes. Coloured lenses require a contact lens prescription for fitting and/or replacement. This requirement applies even if you don’t need a vision correction. So simply ask your optometrist for a contact lens prescription during your eye exam. This prescription will include the various details required when buying replacement lenses from a retailer.
Does replacement contact lenses require a prescription?
If you are re-ordering lenses found on a previous order and your contact lens prescription is still valid no additional information is required. Your order will be processed immediately. If you are a new customer ContactLensKing.com will have to verify your contact lens prescription as required by Federal law. Once verified, you can order replacement contacts as long as you are still within the validity period of your contact lens prescription. Speciality lenses may need to be ordered with the manufacturer. However, they will be shipped immediately upon their receipt in-house.
Can I place orders at Contact Lens King if I am located outside of the United States?
Absolutely. Federal law requires that U.S. residents living outside of the United States have their prescription verified by their optometrist. Orders from non-U.S. residents are not subject to such verification. Shipping charges are listed under the “Shipping Information” tab on the website. Some foreign jurisdictions do apply customs and/or value-added taxes (VAT) on imported optical products. Those additional charges will be assessed locally and paid for by the customer according to local practices.
I am trying to find my brand of contact lenses, but cannot find it on the website. Does that mean that Contact Lens King doesn’t sell my brand?
Some optometrists may fit their patients with “practitioner-only” lenses or private label contacts marketed under various brand labels but manufactured by the same manufacturer with the same parameters and material. The easiest solution for you would be to call their customer service centre for help. ContactLensKing.com personnel will assist you in identifying the product that you are looking to order.