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Contact Lenses

When choosing contact lenses, it is important to have all of the information at-hand, so you can decide what will fit your lifestyle. There are many types of contact lenses, and our skilled practitioners are here to help you decide which option is the best for you.

If contact lenses are new to you, or even if you’re an old pro, we offer patient-tailored instruction from our doctors regarding care, best practices and instruction on how to wear your new lenses. Our team is always here to answer your questions and address any concerns you have, whether it be today, or down the road.

Did you know more than 30 million Americans wear contact lenses?

Are contact lenses for me? What should I consider?

  • Contact lenses move with your eye, allow a natural field of view, have no frames to obstruct your vision and greatly reduce distortions.
  • Unlike glasses, they do not fog up or get splattered by mud or rain.
  • Contact lenses are excellent for sports and other physical activities.
  • Compared to eyeglasses, they may offer better, more natural sight.

*Source: American Optometric Association

What type of contact lens may work best for me?

Here are some quick facts on the types of lenses, and some of the advantages each may offer.

Rigid gas-permeable (RGP) -Made of slightly flexible plastics that allow oxygen to pass through to the eyes. Some advantages include:

  • Excellent vision
  • Short adaptation period
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Correct most vision problems
  • Easy to put on and care for
  • Relatively long life
  • Available in tints (for handling purposes) and bifocals
  • Available for myopia control and corneal refractive therapy

Daily-wear soft lenses – Made of soft, flexible plastic that allows oxygen to pass through to the eyes. Some advantages include:

  • Very short adaptation period
  • Available in tints and bifocals
  • Great for active lifestyles
  • More comfortable and more difficult to dislodge than RGP lenses
  • Available in lenses that do not need to be cleaned

Extended-wear – Available for overnight wear in soft or RGP lenses. Some advantages include:

  • Can usually be worn up to seven days without removal
  • Some lenses are FDA-approved for up to 30 days

Extended-wear disposable – Soft lenses worn for extended period of time (usually one to six days), then discarded. Lenses also available to wear from one to 30 days. Some advantages include:

  • Require little or no cleaning
  • Available in tints and bifocals
  • Spare lenses available
  • Lessened risk of eye infection if wearing instructions are followed

Planned replacement – Soft daily-wear lenses that are replaced on a planned schedule, most often either every two weeks, monthly or quarterly. Some advantages include:

  • Simplified cleaning and disinfection
  • Good for eye health
  • Available in most prescriptions

*Source: American Optometric Association

Did you know contacts don’t cover your entire eye? You should still wear UV-blocking sunglasses outdoors for the best protection from the sun.

What do I need to know about contact lens care? There are several things to keep in mind regarding maintenance and upkeep of your contact lenses. If used properly, contacts are among the safest form of vision correction. When caring for your lenses, you should always follow your doctor’s guidance. Here are some of the best practices we advocate to our patients-

ALWAYS wash your hands with soap and water. Dry them well with a clean cloth before touching your contact lenses. This will also decrease the risk of eye infection.

Don’t SLEEP in your contacts, unless prescribed by your eye doctor.

See your eye doctor REGULARLY for contact lens and eye examinations.

SOLUTIONS should be used as your doctor advises for cleaning and disinfecting. Different solutions serve different purposes. When used correctly, they will help the longevity of your lenses.

KEEP WATER AWAY from your contacts. Avoid showering in your
lenses, and always remove them before entering a pool or hot tub.

STORE your lenses in a lens case. Clean your case daily, and keep dry when not in use.

Click on the link below for additional information about How to apply and remove your contacts.

Here are just a few of the great brands we offer. Don’t worry if you don’t see your preferred brand- we can order many more!

Ready to get your new contact lenses? Call today to schedule your eye exam or order your contacts!