Contact Lenses

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.

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Are 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.

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What are the advantages of wearing contact lenses?

  • 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 activities.
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What 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.
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What 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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Do 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:

  • Enhancement 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.
  • Visibility 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 better.
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Teens & Contacts

Oh, the 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 individual needs.

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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.

*"Will 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

Fiction:
Teen eyes are not "mature enough" for contacts.
Fact:
Most 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.
Fiction: Contacts fall out a lot.
Fact: They 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.
Fiction: Contact lenses are expensive.
Fact: Not! The price of contact lenses is comparable to that of an average pair of eyeglasses.
Fiction: Contact lenses are hard to care for.
Fact: Not at all. Today's lens care systems are easy and quick to use. Contacts can be ready to wear in just five minutes.
Fiction: Contact lenses are not safe to wear for sports.
Fact: Except 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.

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Wear & 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 Your Lenses

  • 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 it.
  • 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 Your Lenses

  • 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 advice
  • Wear your contacts only for the length of time recommended, even if they feel comfortable.
  • Remove, clean and disinfect your lenses at the intervals prescribed.
  • Have regular check-ups.
  • Don't sleep or nap while wearing your contacts unless specifically indicated
  • Don't use any eye medications without consulting the doctor

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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.
  • Protect your solutions from contamination: Close bottles tightly and never touch the dispensing spouts to any surface.
  • Never re-use solutions.
  • 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 expired products.
  • Never skip steps in lens care. Cleaning is not enough.

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Are 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:

  • Quarterly,
  • Monthly
  • Every 1-2 weeks
  • Daily

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.

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