Buffalo & Amherst: 716.881.7900

Orchard Park: 716.677.6500

Buffalo & Amherst: 716.881.7900
Orchard Park: 716.677.6500

Contact Lens Service at the Ross Eye Institute

Dr. Avani Dave, OD, FAAO

A contact lens is a medical device that is utilized for refractive, cosmetic and therapeutic reasons. New York state law mandates that all contact lenses require a prescription completed by an eye care professional. This means the contact lens must be evaluated and fit appropriately to the health and visual needs of the eye. The following contact lens fittings are available at our clinic:

Soft Contact Lenses

Soft Contact Lense on finger tipThe majority of contact lens wearers are prescribed soft contact lenses as a visual and cosmetic luxury, being an alternative to wearing spectacles. These lenses are available in spherical, toric, multifocal and multifocal combined with toric parameters. Soft contact lenses are made of a flexible material composed of either hydrogel or silicone hydrogel. These are the most commonly prescribed type of lenses and are available in a variety of brands. Soft contact lenses are generally comfortable and can be replaced on a daily, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly basis or yearly basis Furthermore, customized soft contact lenses may be designed for prosthetic or cosmetic purposes.

Specialty Contact Lenses

Inserting a Contact Lens into the EyeSpecialty contact lenses are complex and highly customized lenses specifically serving the need of those patients with a medical necessity. This typically includes keratoconus, corneal dystrophies, corneal transplants, dry eye syndrome, high refractive error, corneal scars and post-refractive error. Specialty contact lenses include the following types:

  • Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses
    • Small diameter, rigid lenses
  • Scleral Lenses
    • Large diameter, fluid ventilated suctioned lenses
  • Contact lens on fingerHybrid Lenses
    • Large diameter with central rigid zone and peripheral soft skirt
  • Customized Soft Contact Lenses
    • Prosthetic, cosmetic, pupil occluding

Insurance Coverage

Due to the medical necessity for certain patients, the specialty contact lens fitting and materials may be submitted to insurance. Once a prior authorization is approved, the fitting process be resumed. Vision insurance plans may also include some coverage or discount for specialty contact lens fitting and/or material fees.

Technical Support

All specialty lens patients will have a training session with our technicians who will show the patient how to safely insert and remove, clean and care for the contact lenses. Specific tools (plungers, stands) and solutions will be provided to the patient as a starting point for handling their lenses.

Contact Lens Technical Support

Find the right contact lens option by scheduling a contact lens service visit with the Ross Eye Institute today. Call 716.677.6500, ext. 100 to make an appointment.   

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Get world-class treatment for your most important sense - your vision. Please provide us with your information and one of our schedulers will contact you within 24 hours to make your appointment.

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Buffalo Niagara
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1176 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14209
P: 716-881-7900
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Northtowns Office

3580 Sheridan Drive
Suite 150
Amherst, NY 14226
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F: 716-833-4916

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Southtowns Office

301 Sterling Drive
Orchard Park, NY 14127
P: 716-677-6500
F: 716-677-6507

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M-F 8a.m. - 4:30p.m.

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Your vision is of utmost importance to us.

At the Ross Eye Institute, we understand the importance of continuing to meet your vision care needs. We take your health and COVID-19 precautions very seriously. Your health, and ours is of utmost importance.

- We follow the Department of Health guidelines.
- Doctors and staff undergo daily screening questions as well as temperature checks twice a day.
- Access to our facility is limited to our patients only. If a patient cannot attend their appointment on their own, an escort will also be permitted.
- Patients who arrive more than 15 minutes prior to their appointment will not be allowed inside until it gets closer to their scheduled appointment time. Please plan accordingly.
- Patient and staff touch points are sanitized between each use and logs are maintained documenting strict adherence.
- Proper mask use is strictly enforced.
- We are not allowing visits from pharmaceutical reps, vendors, or other salespersons or business associates.

Your vision care is a critical component to maintaining long-term vision health and the Ross Eye Institute remains committed to meeting your vision care needs while keeping you safe, during these uncertain times.