Milwaukee Third Ward
Contact Lenses & exams
Get a contact lens exam & fitting in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward, and order contacts from leading brands in store or online.
Contact lenses in Milwaukee, WI
The most comfortable and convenient contact lenses in Milwaukee come from Wisconsin Vision.
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Prescription contact lenses in Milwaukee
Wisconsin Vision carries a wide selection of contact lenses from top brands. We’re your best source for all contact lens types including contact lenses for astigmatism, dry eyes, presbyopia, keratoconus and many other considerations. No matter what type of contact lenses you need, Wisconsin Vision optometrists in Milwaukee will perform a through contact lens exam and address any questions or concerns.
Popular types of contact lenses include:
Soft contact lenses
Rigid gas permeable lenses (RGP/GP)
Disposable lenses(daily, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly)
Extended wear contacts
Colored contacts (prescription & non-corrective)
Bifocal & multifocal contact lenses
Pediatric contact lenses
Sports contact lenses
Get the best price on contact lenses, with or without vision insurance
Whether you have vision insurance, HSA or a flexible spending account with funds you can use for contact lenses, Wisconsin Vision gives you the best value.
We take more types of vision insurance in Milwaukee than any competitor and are happy to do an insurance check and explain what your plan actually covers and how to get the most out of it.
No insurance? No problem! Many of our patients don’t have vision insurance and are still able to afford comprehensive eye care and brand name contact lenses.
Visit us for a free consultation with one of our eye care specialists, and we’ll take the time to answer your questions and explain your best options.
Contact lens fittings & consultations in Milwaukee
Your optometrist considers your eye shape, prescription and lifestyle to determine the best type of contact lens for you and evaluates your eye health to identify potential issues affecting wear on your contact lens.
During your contact lens consultation we’ll answer your questions and provide instruction in proper insertion, removal and care for your contacts.
Contact or visit your Milwaukee eye clinic for expert contact lens services.
HOW CONTACT LENS EXAMS AND FITTINGS WORK
Whether you already wear contact lenses or are considering getting contacts for the first time, you may wonder why you need a separate exam and fitting, especially if you already have a prescription for eyeglasses.
What is a contact lens exam?
Contact lens eye exams begin like routine eye exams: your eye doctor checks your eyes for any possible health issues and writes a prescription for corrective lenses.
Then you’ll have additional tests specific to contact lenses:
Corneal topography measures the transparent front surface of your eye (the cornea) to determine the contact lens size you need. This is a completely non-invasive test using a diagnostic instrument and a computer to create a detailed “map” of your cornea, including curvature, shape and regularity.
Biomicroscope (slit lamp) exam shows a highly magnified version of your eye so the doctor can check your eye health and look for any damage or changes that may have been caused by wearing contact lenses. The slit lamp is an instrument made up of a binocular microscope and an adjustable light which lets the doctor focus on specific parts of your eyes.
Measuring the pupil & iris can be done by holding a gauge (typically a card or ruler) near your eye or with an automated instrument. Knowing the diameter of your pupil and iris allows your eye doctor to choose the right size contact lenses for your eyes.
Evaluating the tear film determines whether your eyes produce enough tears to be able to wear contact lenses. This is done with a small strip of paper or a special fluorescein dye. Patients with low tear production may be able to wear contact lenses made for dry eyes, or may be advised to avoid contact lenses (in cases of extremely dry eyes).
Affordable contact lens eye exams in Milwaukee's Third Ward
Please note our eye exam promotions refer to routine eye exams only. Contact lens exams cost more than routine eye exams because of the extra tests and follow-up required to ensure a comfortable fit and optimal eye health while wearing contact lenses.
How Wisconsin Vision helps control the cost of your contact lens exam
Our eye doctors are in-network providers for most types of vision insurance. Most vision insurance plans cover at least part of the cost of a contact lens fitting. We offer free coverage checks in person or over the phone - just have your plan info handy and we’ll do the rest!
For patients without vision benefits, we accept CareCredit so you can get the eye care you need and pay comfortably over time.
How often do I need an eye exam for contacts?
Contact wearers should get a yearly eye exam to check for new vision problems and update your prescription.
What happens at the contact lens fitting?
Your eye doctor will give you trial contact lenses and observe your eyes with a biomicroscope to assess the alignment and fit of the lens on the surface of your eye.
Professional fit evaluation is a crucial step. Even if you don’t feel any discomfort, ill-fitting lenses can adversely affect your eye health. Too small, and they can restrict tear flow. Too big, and they can move too much and damage the surface of your eye.
Once you’ve found comfortable, properly-fitting contacts your eye doctor completes your contact lens prescription. You can order contact lenses right away in our eye care center or online.
Why can’t I use my eyeglass prescription for contact lenses?
Eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions are very different. With glasses, your corrective lenses sit about 10-15 millimeters away from your eye, while contact lenses rest directly on the surface of the eye.
Both types of prescriptions include lens power and magnifying power. Contact lens prescriptions include individual eye measurements for a perfect fit.
Base curve measurement is how much the back (inside) of the contact lens needs to curve to fit your cornea properly.
Diameter determines the size of your contacts, which varies depending on the type of contact lens you wear.
Lens brand (or material) are specified in the prescription.
Schedule a contact lens exam in Milwaukee, stop by, or contact us for a free contact lens consultation with an eye care specialist.