Contact Lenses Examination
Providing the best for you.
EMME Visioncare can provide you with a contact lens prescription. We can supply any contact lenses, multi-focals, astigmatism/torics and beyond. If you are just starting out with contacts, we can provide trial fittings to determine which design works best for your eyes. Our Optometrists will also help with fitting, caring for your contacts and learning proper handling techniques to prevent discomfort and infection.
Contact lenses are listed by the Health Science Authority of Singapore as medical Devices. It is therefore only available on prescription by Optometrist and Certified practitioners. Every contact lens importer, must apply for a license to bring in contact lenses into the country. Only licensed dealer is permitted to manufacture, import or wholesale medical devices, including powered contact lenses. This ensures that contact lenses imported are of high quality and comply with safety standards.
Purchasing Contact Lenses
In order to ensure you can continue wearing your lenses safely years ahead, it is very important to protect yourselves from counterfeit contact lenses by buying from contact lens practices. We have had an occasion where counterfeit lenses were identified and confiscated by authorities here in Singapore.
Before you purchase your contact lenses, make sure you have a thorough eye examination. This is very important to prevent further complications. When you are deem fit for contact lens wear, you will need to learn the proper contact lens regimen.
EMM3 Visioncare couldn't stress enough that under the "CODE OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES" for Optometrists and Opticians. Article 4.2.4 from this code is reproduced below.
Article 4.2.4. No optometrist shall re-prescribe or re-dispense any contact lens to a patient unless the patient has undergone proper aftercare (Article 4.2.1) within the last 6 months.
In other words, any Optometrist or Certified practitioner is not able to prescribe or dispense Contact Lenses even if you have worn these lenses before. You need to undergo an aftercare exam, signed and dated by an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist within the last six months in order to do so.
With this practice, there is a much lower risk for the consumer to contract any eye complications such as corneal ulcer, corneal edema, abrasions from contact lens complications.
Important Articles reproduced below:
Article 4.2.1. The procedures that constitute proper aftercare to be conducted and documented in the patient’s ophthalmic record shall include the following:
(a) Obtain patient’s history and presenting symptoms or signs;
(b) Record patient’s visual acuity with his or her contact lenses on;
(c) Assess contact lens fit for the patient;
(d) Conduct an eye examination which shall include
(i) slit-lamp examination of the anterior segment, external eye and adnexae;
(ii) assessment of tear film quality and quantity; and
(iii) use of diagnostic stains where necessary.
(e) Check the condition of the contact lens;
(f) Advise on the proper use, care and maintenance of contact lenses; and
(g) Advise to return for assessment if any ocular symptoms occur.
Article 4.2.3. For any patient who is prescribed, dispensed or fitted with contact lenses of a particular type for the first time, the optometrist shall perform the first aftercare within 1 week of prescribing/dispensing the lenses, the second aftercare within 1 month of the first aftercare visit and the subsequent aftercare at least once every 3 to 6 months.
Purchase Contact Lenses Online
Getting contact lenses online brings much convenience to you. However, we cannot afford to let your eyes to risk any complications because of this convenience. According to Articles 4.2.3 and 4.2.4 from the board, you need a valid prescription in order contact lenses. This prescription is signed and dated by an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist that has not expired within the last six months. This includes online purchases.