What are Medically Necessary Contact Lenses?

Sometimes, injury or medical conditions lead to irregularly shaped corneas or compromised corneal tissue. In these cases, patients typically need more advanced lens options that can correct the distortion caused by the irregular cornea. Since other options do not work for these patients, they require medically necessary lenses, which are customized to fit their exact needs.


There are several types of medically necessary contact lenses, including:

  • Soft
  • Rigid gas-permeable
  • Hybrid
  • Scleral


Patients with diseased or compromised corneal tissue are potential candidates for medically necessary lenses. If traditional methods of vision correction such as spectacles or conventional soft contacts have failed, medically necessary lenses may be the solution.


Due to the customized nature and extensive fitting required for most medically necessary lenses, they do tend to cost more than other options. Each lens is custom-made, and it isn’t uncommon to need multiple fittings before the perfect match is found.

In most cases, insurance will cover most of the cost of medically necessary lenses. We always recommend that you check with your insurer to verify what they cover. If you have questions about medically necessary lenses or would like to schedule an appointment with Insight Complete Eye Care, call our office at (214) 739-8611.