Purchasing contacts requires a specific contact lens prescription, which is different from the glasses prescription because it includes the brand, size and curvature of the contacts. An optometrist must examine the fit of a contact on a patient’s eye in order to prescribe it. Patients without a current contact lens prescription and contacts may require a contact fitting exam with a non-DoD provider – this is at the member’s expense, as it is not a TRICARE benefit, so no referral is needed.
Tinker Optometry Clinic can only issue a contact lens prescription in 2 cases:
The patient is aircrew and is on the Aircrew Soft Contact Lens Program.
The patient is a habitual contact lens wearer. These patients must bring in their previous prescription (or contact boxes) and a pair of contacts to be examined on their eye during the routine annual eye exam.
**Contacts are not a TRICARE covered benefit. All patients, including aircrew, must purchase contact lenses as a personal expense from a civilian source.
It is very likely that going to ADAPT will have no long term effects on your career. If you are diagnosed with an Alcohol Use Disorder or a Substance Use Disorder you will be placed on a mobility waiver until you complete the program. Our goals is to have 100% of clients returned to duty.
If a member self-refers to the ADAPT clinic, the members unit will not be notified if they do not receive a diagnosis
If a member is medically referred to ADAPT, the members unit will not be notified if they do not receive a diagnosis
Below are some helpful ways to decrease your wait at the pharmacy.
1. Avoid peak hours for pharmacy services from 1000-1400 (lunch hours), days following a holiday weekend, and the Thursday and Friday following a training day (third Wednesday of the month).
a. Only enter the drive-thru line if your prescriptions are ready for pick-up.
2. Use secure messaging to contact pharmacy staff instead of calling the main pharmacy number unless you need immediate assistance with your prescriptions.
3. Utilize the drop-box at the front of the 72d MDG to turn in hard copy prescriptions. Drop box is available for use only during business hours.