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We offer a wide selection of contact lenses including disposable soft contact, bifocal/multifocal, toric, and colored lenses. Whether you wear daily, weekly or monthly disposables, or conventional (vial) lenses, check out our selection of lenses that fit your needs.

A good contact lens fit starts with a thorough eye exam to ensure the most up-to-date prescription and rule out any pre-existing conditions that could interfere with contact lens wear.

We will determine the best fitting lens based on your lifestyle needs, the shape and health of your eye. In most cases, you’ll have the opportunity to try lenses on the same day as your exam. You can even go home with a few samples before making a final decision.

We follow up the initial fitting and then make any necessary changes in fit or materials to get you the best possible fit. We teach all our patients proper contact lens care and also possible consequences if proper care is not taken. Then we continue with long-term follow-up to monitor the condition of the lenses and to ensure that proper hygiene is being maintained.

Just thinking of trying contact lenses?

Contact lenses are more functional than ever before. Start by understanding the benefits and drawbacks of standard varieties of contact lenses– as well as the ground rules for avoiding eye infections.

Soft contact lenses

Soft contact lenses are the most popular style of contact lens both in the United States as well as worldwide. Soft contact lenses can be used to address many different vision problems, including: Nearsightedness (myopia ). Farsightedness (hyperopia ). Blurred vision (astigmatism). Age-related loss of close-up vision (presbyopia).

Soft contact lenses conform to the curve of your eye. They’re comfortable as well as tend to stay in position well, so they’re a good selection if you take part in sporting activities or lead an on the move approach to life. Soft contact lenses are available in various varieties, including:

Daily wear. Daily wear soft contact lenses are commonly the least expensive option. You wear the lenses throughout the day, then remove them each evening to be cleansed and sterilized. How long you may utilize a single set of daily wear lenses varies depending on the manufacturer.

Extended wear. You can use extended wear soft contact lenses while you sleep, however they should be taken off for cleansing along with sterilizing at least one day a week. It’s still essential to be prudent with over night use, though, given that it increases the risk of eye infections– even if the lenses have been authorized for extended wear.

Disposable. Disposable soft contact lenses are usually one of the most costly choices. You wear the lenses throughout the day and throw them away them at day’s end. They don’t need to be washed or disinfected. You just use them for the advised time– such as each day, weekly or each month– then discard them. You may consider disposable lenses if you wear contacts basically only periodically, you cannot live with sterilizing solution or you place a premium on ease.

Hard contact lenses. Rigid, gas permeable lenses, or hard contact lenses, give clear, crisp vision for a lot of vision issues. Hard contact lenses might be particularly appealing if you have actually tried soft contact lenses and been disappointed with the end results. Hard contact lenses are usually a lot more breathable compared to soft contact lenses, which lowers the threat of eye infections. The majority of hard contact lenses need to be taken out for cleaning and sterilization during the night. It could take up to a week to adjust to hard contact lenses, and they’re more likely to slip off the middle of your eye compared to soft contact lenses– which might bring about discomfort and blurred vision. If your prescription doesn’t vary and also you take care of your hard contact lenses, you could use the same pair of lenses for up to two to three years.

Specialized contact lenses

Depending on your vision needs, you may think about specialized contact lenses, including:

Hybrid contact lenses. Hybrid contact lenses offer a hard (gas permeable) center surrounded by a soft external ring. Hybrid contact lenses may be a choice if you have an irregular corneal curve (keratoconus) or you have issues wearing typical hard lenses.

Bifocal or multifocal contact lenses. These lenses, which are readily available in both soft and hard varieties, can address nearsightedness, farsightedness and also astigmatism in combination with age-related loss of near vision (presbyopia).

Tinted contact lenses. Some contact lenses are tinted, either for cosmetic or remedial reasons– to improve color vision or help compensate for color blindness, for example. Stay clear of costume or ornamental contact lenses, though. These lenses could damage your eyes and create possibly severe eye infections.

Getting the appropriate fit for your contact lenses

If you choose that you want to try contact lenses, consult your optometrist or other eye care professional for a detailed eye exam as well as a contact lens fitting. Set up follow-up exams as suggested by your eye care specialist. You could need a follow-up examination after one week, one month and also 6 months, and afterwards once a year.

Keeping clear of eye infections

Wearing contact lenses of any kind enhances the threat of corneal infection, simply because contact lenses lower the amount of oxygen that gets to the corneas. Eye infections typically aren’t inescapable, nonetheless. To stop infections:

Exercise great hygiene. Wash, rinse and dry your hands fully prior to dealing with your contacts. Take off your contacts prior to you going to sleep. This applies to extended wear contacts, as well. Although extended wear contacts are made to be worn overnight, continuous wear substantially boosts the risk of eye infections.

Reduce contact with water. Remove your contact lenses in advance if you take a shower, swim or make use of a hot tub. Do not moisten your lenses with saliva. Abstain from any type of temptation to put your lenses in your mouth to moisten them. Take care with contact lens solutions. Utilize solely commercially sold, sterilized items created especially for the kind of contact lenses you use– not water or homemade saline solution. Dispose of the solution in the contact lens case each time you disinfect the lenses, and also do not “refill” old solution that’s already in the contact lens holder.

‘Rub and rinse’ your contact lenses. Gently scrub your lenses while you’re cleaning them, even if you choose no-rub solution. Keep an eye on the expiration day. Don’t use contact solution that’s past the expiration day. Change contact lenses as well as holders as recommended. Follow producer rules for replacing your contact lenses– and also change your contact lens holders every three to 6 months.

Dry Eyes: Despite correct use of contacts as well as attention, dry eyes might be a problem for contact lens wearers. If your eyes are scratchy or red, remove your contact lenses and make use of lubricating eyedrops. If your vision becomes blurred or you experience eye discomfort, reactivity to light or any other problems, remove your contact lenses and consult your eye care professional for prompt treatment.

  • A routine exam won’t provide some of the measurements and testing that are required to determine if your eyes are suitable for contact lens wear, and to generate your contact lens Rx.
  • If you need correction for presbyopia but dislike the idea of bifocal eyeglasses, you have many contact lens options.
  • These rigid lenses aren’t as popular or well-known as soft lenses, but they offer the advantages of durability, crisp vision and high oxygen permeability.
  • Challenges such as astigmatism, presbyopia, keratoconus and dry eyes needn’t be a barrier to contact lens wear, but they do require more time and patience.
  • “I can’t wear soft contacts; I have astigmatism.” This once-true statement is now simply a myth.