What's the real deal with opticians and their contact lens prescriptions? Do brands matter?

I have a prescription for a cerain brand of contacts - the expensive ones. I want to buy some less expensive Acuvue. A friend of mine bought some online - and says that he could get any brand that he wants - it's just the size specs that only matters. Are the people working at the opticians centers trying to just make me buy the more expensive ones, by making reasons/excuses about the prescription? One girl who worked there, said that if I wanted to change brands - I'd have to be examined again and pay for another exam!! What does the law say? Who is the authority on the power of contact lens prescriptions and the brands of the products - to choose by the consumer?

Asked By: Cliff - 7/9/2007
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Speaking as an optician with dual Board Certifications, there are set Federal as well as State laws that we are to abide by. We are required to have a copy of your current (not expired) contact lens prescription, with the stated measurements, prescription, and contact lens brand. We are not permitted to make... More
Answered By: Amy R - 7/9/2007
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Yes it can...some people can only where one type...other can wear any type. Also you need to make sure that your eyes don't dry out wearing them. Wearing them depends on if there is reason for wearing glasses. Go with what the doctor thinks.
Answered By: kadnil - 7/9/2007
I've never had this problem, but then my needs for a contact lens are quite unusual--I need something to replace the lens of one of my eyes (I had a cataract) so I needed a very powerful prescription... More
Answered By: azawalli - 7/9/2007
You can thank the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumer Act, you can only get the Brand of Contacts thats writtien on the prescription.. because its a medical device. If you want something different you have to be fitted for them because contacts have different base curves and diameters. there not all the same. Some dr... More
Answered By: caligurl81 - 7/9/2007
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