Dr. Ramsay is an ophthalmologist, an “Eye MD”. He is a medical doctor who specializes in the eye. He writes three different types of prescriptions and each has its purpose and limitations.
Contact lens prescriptions are for the use of contacts, which are viewed as a medical device that is worn on the eye. As such, a contact lens wearer must be seen every year to ensure the health of your eye. Dr. Ramsay follows best practices and writes his contact lens prescriptions to be valid for 1 year.
An ill fitting contact can damage your eye, over wear can cause problems for your cornea, so to be able to purchase contacts, your prescription must be less than a year old and you must be seen every year. It’s for your eye’s safety.
Glasses prescriptions are also written to be valid for a year. The reason being, the power of your eyes can change, sometimes greatly in that time frame. Some people may have a very stable prescription for years while others may not. Because of that Dr. Ramsay can not be sure that your prescription hasn’t changed without an exam so that is the reason for the expiration date.
In the case of medical prescriptions he is just like any other good doctor who prescribes medication, you need to be seen periodically to make sure the medication is doing what is intended and not causing undue side effects or complications.
Some people may have an infection that is cleared up, then six months later they have an eye irritation and think it must be the same thing. That is not always the case and only by examining you again can he confirm that it is an infection and not a condition that requires an entirely different course of treatment.
When you call for a renewal on a medication or to buy more contacts or glasses and we tell you it is expired and not valid until you get an exam it is for your safety and the health and wellbeing of your eye that we do so. We want you to see your best with healthy eyes.