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To charge or not to charge

At a recent meeting, I was fortunate to connect with some fellow ODs who practice in different settings, and we were discussing different contact lens fitting and follow up practices. Some ODs charge for a fitting and each time a patient comes back in for a follow-up, they are charged. Other ODs collect for the fitting up front, and that covers all follow-up care and trial lenses within a certain time frame. Other ODs charge one simple fee for any contact lens evaluation, no matter the complexity. Yet others break down the contact lens evaluation, depending on difficulty.

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Stephanie Woo
Associate Editor, Contact Lenses for odsonfb.com. Dr. Stephanie L. Woo was born and raised in Lake Havasu City, AZ. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona and graduated with honors from the Southern California College of Optometry. She completed a Cornea and Contact Lens Residency at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, where she was trained to fit highly irregular corneas. She was the recipient of the Gas Permeable Lens Institute Award for Clinical Excellence and also the John R. Griffin Award for Excellence in Vision Therapy. Dr. Woo is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Society. She authored the Gas Permeable Lens Expert column in Review of Contact Lenses. She authored several articles for the Contact Lens and Cornea section of the American Optometric Association. Dr. Woo currently co-authors the GP Insights column for Contact Lens Spectrum, and she is an active GPLI advisory board member. Dr. Woo currently serves as Vice President of the Scleral Lens Society. Dr. Woo enjoys lecturing around the world on the subject of contact lenses and anterior segment disease. Dr. Woo is in private practice and owns Havasu Eye Center, Parker Vision Care, and Blythe Vision Care.

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