There is a contact
lens solution for almost every refractive vision problem- high powers,
astigmatism and even bifocal contact lenses are available. We provide
personal service with careful consideration of your unique needs
when selecting and fitting contact lenses.
We have provided
a list of topics for you to choose from. Simply click on any topic
you would like to learn more about.
Contacts For You?
The vast majority
of people requiring vision correction can wear contact lenses without
any problems. New materials and lens care technologies have made today's
contacts more comfortable, safer and easier to wear. Consider the questions
and answers below to help assess whether they're a choice you should consider.
Contact lens wear may be difficult if:
- Your eyes
are severely irritated by allergies;
- You work
in an environment with lots of dust and chemicals;
- You have
an overactive thyroid, uncontrolled diabetes, or severe arthritis
in your hands; or
- Your eyes
are overly dry due to pregnancy or medications you are taking.
After a thorough eye
examination, your suitability for contact lenses and the specific contact
lens option that best meets your requirements will be determined.
What are the advantages of wearing contact
- Many wearers
feel that contact lenses show their eyes in a better light or
don't like the appearance of eyeglasses.
- Better vision
correction due to the reduced obstruction from eyeglass frames.
- They provide
excellent peripheral vision.
- No fogging
up in warm rooms.
- No splattering
during rain showers.
- Less hassle
as they don't get in the way during sports and other recreational
are the disadvantages?
- Contact lenses
require getting used to. New soft lens wearers typically adjust
to their lenses within a week. Rigid lenses generally require
a somewhat longer adjustment period.
- Except for
some disposable varieties, almost all lenses require regular cleaning
and disinfection, a process that, although requiring only a few
minutes, is more than some people want to undertake.
- Some types
of lenses increase your eyes' sensitivity to light.
lifestyle do you lead? What kind of work do you do?
For those involved in sports and recreational activities, contact lenses
offer a number of advantages. In addition to providing good peripheral
vision, eliminating the problem of fogged or rain splattered lenses, and
freeing you from worries about broken glasses, contact lenses also mean
you can wear non-prescription protective eye wear. Looking sideways through
the lenses of glasses leads to prismatic effects because you are not looking
through their centers. Your eyes have to coordinate differently to cope
with this. This does not happen with contact lenses because you always
look through the centers of the lenses as they move with your eye movements.
Your occupation and work environment should also be taken into consideration.
People whose work requires good peripheral vision may want to consider
contacts. Those who work in dusty environments or where chemicals are
in heavy use are likely to find spectacles more comfortable.
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you like wearing glasses?
Do you like the way glasses feel? Do you like how you look in them? No
longer is it really necessary to choose between either contacts or glasses.
Some of today's contacts are so easy to wear that you can use them intermittently
-- for special occasions, while participating in sports or to match your
fashions. New single-use, one-day disposable lenses are comfortable and
do not require cleaning. They may be easily interchanged with glasses.
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Tinted Contact Lenses
Contact lenses aren't
just for seeing better! They're for looking better too. In fact, some
people who don't even need vision correction wear tinted contact lenses
as a way to change their look. Today's tinted lenses allow you to enhance
your natural eye color -- making the blue bluer or the green greener --
or change it altogether.
Three categories of tinted contact lenses are available:
tints are designed to enhance your natural eye color. These translucent
lenses are best for light-colored eyes (blues and greens, hazels
and grays). When wearing these tints, the color of your eye becomes
a blend of the lens tint and your natural eye color.
- Opaque, or
"cosmetic," tints change the color of dark eyes. The
pattern on the lens, which is colored, overlies the colored part
of your eye. The result is a natural look.
tints are very pale, but are colored enough to make the contact
lens visible during handling without any effect on eye color.
- With tinted
lenses you accomplish two goals at once: Seeing better and looking
pressure! Get great grades, excel in at least one sport, play a musical
instrument, work part-time, hang out with friends -- and always, always
look cool. If you're a teenager today, much is expected.
But what to do if suddenly you can't make out the writing on the blackboard,
you can't see the ball until it's practically in your hands, or you have
to squint to read the notes? What to do -- and still look cool?
Try contact lenses. Not that glasses can't be fashionable. But for today's
active teenagers, contacts are a perfect fit. What your parents may not
know is that today's lenses are more comfortable and easier to care for
than those of a decade ago. Plus, there are more types of contacts, from
disposables to toric (especially for people with astigmatism), from which
to choose. In other words, there are almost certainly lenses to fit your
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When can you begin wearing contact lenses?
Even pre-teens can handle contacts. A three-year study* conducted by the
Indiana University School of Optometry found children ages 11-13 able
to handle contacts well and understand the use of their care systems to
maintain clean, comfortable lenses. When to begin contact lens wear can
only be determined in conjunction with your eye care practitioner.
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What are the advantages of contact
lenses over eyeglasses?
Glasses can get in the way, especially in sports, cheerleading, dance
or other exercise. Not contact lenses. Nor are there rims to interfere
with your side, or peripheral, vision. When you're active, contact lenses
don't steam up or slide down your nose. Plus, they eliminate that annoying
pressure behind your ears.
Young Children Comply and Follow Instructions to Successfully Wear Soft
Contact Lenses?" by P.S. Soni, D.G. Horner, L. Jimenenz, J. Ross,
J. Rounds; CLAO Journal, April 1995.
Fiction or fact? Truths about contact lenses
eyes are not "mature enough" for contacts.
eye care professionals agree that by age 13, even as early as age
11, most eyes are developed enough for contact lenses. An eye exam
will confirm whether contacts can be worn or not.
fall out a lot.
fell out more often when the only ones available were hard lenses.
Soft lenses conform to the shape of the eye, are larger in diameter
and are tucked under the eyelids, so they usually don't move out of
place or fall out. Plus, they're usually more stable than glasses,
especially for sports.
lenses are expensive.
The price of contact lenses is comparable to that of an average pair
lenses are hard to care for.
at all. Today's lens care systems are easy and quick to use. Contacts
can be ready to wear in just five minutes.
lenses are not safe to wear for sports.
for water sports, contacts are very safe. They can't be broken or
knocked off the face and they provide unobstructed peripheral vision.
Ask your parents to make an appointment to assess your ability to
wear contacts. If he or she gives thumbs-up, then try a pair. Wearing
lenses is the best way to find out if you and contact lenses were
made for each other.
& Care Tips
The information below
is intended as a supplement to the training and instruction you receive
as part of a contact lens fitting program.
How to Insert
- Wash your
hands with a mild soap, rinse completely and dry with a lint-free
towel. A wet finger may cause a soft lens to flatten. Avoid using
fingernails to handle your lenses.
- If you're
working near a sink, close the drain.
- Get in the
habit of always working with the same (right or left) lens first
to avoid mix-ups.
- Pour the
lens and storage fluid from the case into your palm.
- Inspect the
lens for particles, deposits or tears.
- Place the
lens, cup side up, on your dry forefinger. Determine if the lens
is right side out. If it is right side out, the lens' edge will
appear almost straight up. If inside out, the edges will flare
out slightly. Another test is to place the lens on a crack in
the palm of your hand and then cup the hand slightly. This will
flex the lens. If the edge of the lens curls inwards, it is the
correct way out; if the edge curls outwards and wraps onto the
palm of the hand, it is inside out. If it is inside out, reverse
- To Insert.
- Hold the
upper lashes (or lids) to prevent blinking.
- Pull the
bottom eyelid down using your middle finger.
- Look up
so the white part of your eye shows.
- Place the
lens onto the exposed white part of your eye.
- Or, instead
of looking up, look straight ahead at the lens and gently place
it in the center of your eye.
- Remove your
finger and let go of the lids, bottom lid first, and then top.
- Look downward
to help position the lens, then close your eyes momentarily.
- Apply one
or two drops of lens lubricant (eye drops) if your lenses feel
dry or if blurry vision occurs during wear.
- Follow the
same steps to insert the other lens.
How to Remove
- Wash and
dry your hands and close any nearby drains.
- With your
head straight, look upwards as far as you can.
- Place your
middle finger on the lower eyelid of your right eye and pull the
eyelid down, then touch the lower edge of the lens with the tip
of your index finger.
- While still
looking up, slide the lens down to the white part of the eye with
your index finger.
- Still looking
up and holding the lens under the index finger, move your thumb
so that you can compress the lens lightly between the thumb and
the index finger. Then gently remove the "folded up"
lens from the eye.
- If you have
difficulty removing the lens, place a few comfort drops in the
eye, wait moments and try again.
- Remove the
left lens following the same procedure.
- Follow Professional
- Wear your
contacts only for the length of time recommended, even if they
- Remove, clean
and disinfect your lenses at the intervals prescribed.
- Have regular
- Don't sleep
or nap while wearing your contacts unless specifically indicated
- Don't use
any eye medications without consulting the doctor
Make Cleanliness a Habit
- Before touching
your lenses, wash your hands thoroughly with a mild soap, rinse
completely and dry with a lint-free towel.
- Apply eye
cosmetics after you insert your lenses. Remove cosmetics after
you remove your lenses. Water-based cosmetics are less likely
to damage lenses than oil-based products.
- Avoid excessive
handling of your lenses.
your solutions from contamination: Close bottles tightly and never
touch the dispensing spouts to any surface.
- Never re-use
- Ensure that
tap water never comes into contact with soft lenses.
- Do not get
lotions, creams or sprays in your eyes or on your lenses.
- Avoid wearing
lenses in the presence of chemicals, unusual air pollution, intense
heat (hair dryer) or when swimming.
- Throw away
disposable and frequent or planned replacement lenses after the
recommended wearing period.
- Don't use
- Never skip
steps in lens care. Cleaning is not enough.
You Disposing Your Disposables?
Almost immediately after they are inserted, contact lenses begin attracting
deposits of proteins and lipids. Accumulated deposits, even with routine
lens care, begin to erode the performance of your contacts and create
a situation that presents a greater risk to your eye health.
A specific replacement schedule helps to prevent problems before they
might occur. Contact lens wearers, in turn, enjoy the added comfort, convenience
and health benefits of a planned replacement program. Planned replacement
lenses are generally a thinner design or are made of different, more fragile
materials with a higher water content than unplanned replacement or conventional
contact lenses. Based on a complete assessment of your needs, a prescription
for planned replacement lenses may call for replacement:
- Every 1-2
Except for daily disposables,
planned replacement lenses require cleaning and disinfection after each
period of wear unless they are discarded immediately upon removal. Planned
replacement lenses can be worn as daily wear -- removed before sleep --
or as extended wear, if recommended by your practitioner.