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Contact Lenses

Contact lenses, when used properly, are very convenient, and with the latest advancements in technology, they are extremely comfortable. Most of the time, you will hardly know you are wearing them, though you will certainly notice how clear and accurate your vision is. Contact lenses are small lenses worn on the surface of the eye, or cornea, to correct vision. Lenses are sometimes worn for cosmetic purposes only. We recommend wearing contact lenses in conjunction with eye glasses. This allows you to best meet your overall lifestyle needs while protecting the integrity of your overall eye health.

We will discuss the option that is best for you. Many patients choose contact lenses for their primary vision correction and glasses as a backup option. Many patients who wear glasses have activities and events where they would rather not wear their glasses and they choose contact lenses for these times.

Contact Lens Types

The types of contact lenses available have exploded in the past few years. There are contact  lenses available for almost everyone. Many or our patients were told in the past that they could  not wear contacts, or they tried unsuccessfully to wear contact lenses. You owe it to yourself to  see what is new. We carry many options, including specialty lenses and promise to do our best in  selecting contact lenses that you will love wearing.

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Daily Disposable Soft Lenses - The newest type of disposable lenses are daily disposables. These are a great option for many  patients. They are the most convenient, healthy and comfortable lens available. With dailies, you  do not need to purchase solution and you wear them once and toss them! It’s a great option for  patients who were told they could not wear contact lenses because of allergies or dry eye  conditions. They have a low cost per lens and are also popular for athletes and hobbyists who do  not necessarily want to wear contact lenses every day. They are now available in bifocal and  toric prescriptions. Other types of disposable lenses are worn,during the day, for 1, 2 or 4 weeks  and then thrown away.

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Soft Colored Contact Lenses - There are also tinted soft lenses, available in 2 or 4 week disposable modality. With tinted soft  lenses, you can change or enhance your eye color. Even if you do not need corrective lenses,  you can use “plano” colored contacts to change your eye color. It is important to be fitted by an  eye doctor for colored contact lenses even if you do not need a prescription; wearing the wrong  fitted lens can damage your eyeball.

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Bifocal Soft Lenses - Recent technology has greatly improved bifocal soft lenses. Many patients who need bifocals can enjoy the comfort and benefits of soft bifocal contact lenses.

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Toric Soft Lenses -Toric lenses are used to correct astigmatism. Astigmatism is a vision condition where an irregularly shaped cornea affects the vision. In the past, the only options for those with astigmatism were either glasses or hard gas permeable contact lenses. But toric lenses, which are lenses with a special shape, now offer an alternative. There are several types of toric lenses to choose from.

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Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Lenses - As the name implies, these lenses are hard and gas permeable. RGP lenses are available in specialized designs to correct just about any vision disorder.

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Hybrid Lenses

Hybrid Lenses have a hard (RGP) center and a soft outer area called the “skirt”. These could be  a great alternative for patients who are not a soft contact lens candidate. These lenses offer the  vision sharpness of a hard lens with the comfort of a soft.

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Scleral Lenses
Scleral Lenses are a specialty lens option for patients with irregular corneas. We have had great  success fitting these lenses on post-surgical or keratoconus patients.

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Solutions

There are a variety of solutions available from many different manufacturers. The important thing to remember is that not every solution is right for every type of contact lens. Some contact lenses require the use of multipurpose solutions, while others require separate solutions for the four steps in contact lens care: disinfecting, cleaning, rinsing, and enzyming. Use only the lens solutions that are recommended by the eye doctor. If you wish to change brands, check with our office first.

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Contact Lens Care Made Easy!

Contact LensesFew things affect the quality of your life more than your eyes--never put them at risk. Contact lenses are prescription medical devices. To make sure your eyes and vision stay healthy while wearing contact lenses, please follow these few guidelines or the instructions recommended by your doctor.

Warning: Ocular complications and/or long-term corneal damage are the consequences of  contact lenses that are worn longer than recommended. Oftentimes, your lenses will still feel  good even when you are over-wearing them. Do not wear your lenses overnight unless they are  approved for extended wear and your doctor has discussed this with you. Overnight wear  dramatically increases the risk of infection and other complications.

Wearing Schedule

It will take at least a few days for your eyes to get used to wearing contact lenses. The best way to insure maximum visual comfort and keep your eyes healthy is to patiently and faithfully adhere to this wearing schedule.

Day Gas Permeable Lenses Soft Lenses
1 4 hours 6 hours
2 6 hours 8 hours
3 8 hours 10 hours
4 10 hours 12 hours
5 12 hours 12 hours

Oftentimes, your lenses will still feel good even when you are over-wearing them. Following are some basic Do's and Dont's of Contact Lens Care:

  • DON’T wear your lenses longer than 12 hours a day until your first follow-up visit with your doctor, unless the doctor has specifically told you otherwise.
  • DON’T continue use of contact lenses if your eyes become red, irritated, painful, or if your vision gets worse while wearing lenses. Immediately take out the lenses and clean them. Let your eyes get back to normal and if the problem persists, contact our office.
  • DON’T exceed the wearing times suggested, even if your lenses still feel comfortable. Studies have proven that the eye needs time to adapt to contact lenses, and your wearing schedule is based on those studies.
  • DO schedule and keep follow-up appointments with your eye doctor.

 

Caring For Your Contacts

Deposits and infectious organisms such as bacteria, viruses--etc., can build up on the surface of all contact lenses. For this reason, it is very important to keep them clean and disinfected.

There are three steps in contact lens care--follow the care prescribed for your lenses:

  1. Cleaning removes dirt, mucous, and other debris that gets on the lenses during wear.
  2. Disinfecting kills bacteria (germs) on the lenses. Disinfecting is essential to prevent serious eye infections.
  3. Rinsing removes the other solutions from the lenses and prepares the lenses for wear.

The best way to properly care for your lenses is to develop a care routine, then stick to that routine! Remember to:

  1. Follow the directions outlined by your eye doctor. Oftentimes instructions are also listed on the packaging or the package insert for the contact lens solutions prescribed for you.
  2. Multi-purpose solutions can be used for more than one step in contact lens care. Read the label to see which functions the solutions can be used for.
  3. Many solutions can not be used together, and not all solutions are appropriate for all types of lenses. Only use solutions recommended by your eye doctor, and check with your eye doctor if you want to switch brands.
  4. When you remove your lenses, they must be cleaned, rinsed, and disinfected before they are worn again.
  5. Enzyming and cleaning are not a substitute for disinfecting.
  6. Lenses that have been stored for more than 12 hours may need to be cleaned, disinfected, and rinsed again.
  7. Make sure solution containers are kept closed tightly, stored upright, and kept in a clean, dry, cool place when you are not using them. Keep your case clean and replace it every 2-3 months to prevent bacterial growth.
  8. Don’t touch container bottle tips to any surface to prevent them from becoming contaminated.
  9. Throw away expired solutions. (Look on the bottle for the expiration date!)
  10. Use new solution in your contact lenses case every day.
  11. Discuss with your eye doctor the care for your lenses if you wear them while swimming in a pool or hot tub.
  12. Only use approved rewetting drops for lubricating or wetting your lenses. Never place the lenses in your mouth.
  13. Do not use tap water to rinse contact lenses.
  14. Be careful with makeup, lotions, creams and sprays--consider putting on lenses before makeup and remove them before removing makeup. Also, water-based makeup is less likely to damage lenses than oil-based makeup.

Here’s what you need to watch for: Remove your lenses if you are experiencing any of  the following; redness, blurriness, or light sensitivity. If your eyes do not return to normal  or worsen over the next few hours, please contact our office.

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If your eyes are constantly itchy or dry, you may have dry eye syndrome, which affects almost 10 million Americans. Dry eye syndrome is caused by a lack of, or poor quality of, tears. Tears lubricate the outer layer of the eye called the cornea. If the tears are not composed of a proper balance of mucous, water, and oil, the eye becomes irritated.

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Specialty Contacts

Contact lenses, when used properly, are very convenient, and with the latest advancements in technology, they are extremely comfortable. Most of the time, you will hardly know you are wearing them, though you will certainly notice how clear and accurate your vision is. Contact lenses are small lenses worn on the surface of the eye, or cornea, to correct vision.

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