Contact Lenses

Types of Soft Contact Lenses:

Disposable:
Most contact lenses used today are disposable. By disposing of the lenses on a regular basis, the risk of complications like eye infections are greatly reduced. This is very important for the health of the eyes. Also it is more comfortable to have a new lens on the eye on a regular basis. Contact lenses are available in daily, 2 week, monthly, or quarterly replacement schedules.

Toric:
Toric soft contact lenses are available to correct for astigmatism. Astigmatism is when the curvature of the front surface of the eye, the cornea, is shaped irregularly. With astigmatism, the cornea is shaped more like a football instead of being perfectly round. In the past, having astigmatism made it difficult to wear contacts and see well out of them. With new technology in contact lenses, most people with astigmatism are now able to comfortably wear contacts that provide good vision.

Continuous Wear:
Several new contacts lenses are now available to wear continuously for one week to one month, depending on the material of the lens. These new lenses allow significantly more oxygen through to the cornea compared to other lenses. This increased oxygen permeability is extremely important when a lens is worn while sleeping. You should not sleep in contact lenses that are not approved for continuous or extended wear.

Monovision:
For patients over age forty-five, focusing up close with contact lenses or glasses often becomes a problem. This condition is called Presbyopia. Monovision contacts can be used to eliminate the need for reading glasses. With monovision contacts, one eye is fit with a contact lens for distance and the other eye is fit with a contact lens for reading. This allows vision at all distances with contact lenses.

Bifocal or Multifocal:
There are several new bifocal and multifocal contacts available for patients who need both a distance correction as well as a near correction. These lenses are designed with both prescriptions incorporated into one lens. Unlike monovision contacts, bifocal and multifocal contact lenses allow each eye to see distance and near together.

  • Soft Contact Lens Care and Handling Instructions (click here)

    Before You Handle Your Contact Lenses:

    Good hygiene is very important when handling your contact lenses. Always wash and rinse your hands thoroughly before inserting or removing your lenses. Avoid soaps with creams and use a lint free towel to dry your hands.

    Inserting the Contact Lenses:

    Always start with the right lens to avoid mixing them up. Remove the right lens from the case and rinse it with solution. Place the lens on the tip of your index finger. Inspect the lens for any debris or tears. Use your other hand to hold your upper lashes and lid to prevent the lids from blinking. Pull down your lower eyelid using the middle finger of your hand. Focus on a point straight ahead and place the lens on the center of the eye. Slowly release your eyelids and gently close them. Blink gently and do not rub the eye.

    If your lens is uncomfortable, remove it, rinse it and inspect it for debris or damage. If it is damaged, throw it away. If not, try reinserting the lens.

    Repeat with the left eye.

    Removing the Contact Lenses:

    Wash and rinse your hands thoroughly. Again, start with your right eye to avoid mixing the lenses up. Look up and pull down your lower lid with your middle finger. Place your index finger on the lower edge of the lens. Slide the lens down to the white part of the eye. Place your thumb and index finger on the edges of the lens and gently squeeze the lens to remove.

    Repeat with the left eye.

    It is very important not to sleep in your contact lenses unless you are fit with a lens that is approved to wear overnight. Also, you should not swim or shower in your contacts.

    Lens Care:

    After removing your lenses, use a multipurpose solution to clean, disinfect, and store your contact lenses. Refer to the directions on the solution for details. In the morning, remove the lens from the case and rinse it well before inserting in the eye. Pour out the old solution and clean the case with soap and hot water. Let it air dry and add fresh solution each night. Replace your case every 4 months.

Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses
Rigid gas permeable, or RGP, contact lenses are a great option for some patients. RGP lenses work very well for patients who have significant amounts of astigmatism or irregular corneas. RGP lenses often allow patients to see sharper vision than soft lenses.

  • RGP Lens Care and Handling Instructions (click here)

    Before You Handle Your Contact Lenses:

    Good hygiene is very important when handling your contact lenses. Always wash and rinse your hands thoroughly before inserting or removing your lenses. Avoid soaps with creams and use a lint free towel to dry your hands.

    Inserting the Contact Lenses:

    Always start with the right lens to avoid mixing them up. Remove the right lens from the case and rinse it with solution. Place the lens on the tip of your index finger. Inspect the lens for any debris or tears. Use your other hand to hold your upper lashes and lid to prevent the lids from blinking. Pull down your lower eyelid using the middle finger of your hand. Focus on a point straight ahead and place the lens on the center of the eye. Slowly release your eyelids and gently close them. Blink gently and do not rub the eye.

    If your lens is uncomfortable, remove it, rinse it and inspect it for debris or damage. If it is damaged, do not try to insert it. If not, try reinserting the lens.

    Repeat with the left eye.

    Removing the Contact Lenses:

    Wash and rinse your hands thoroughly. Again, start with your right eye to avoid mixing the lenses up. Position yourself over a towel and close the sink drain. Open your eyes as wide as you can and place your index finder on the outside corner if your eyelids. Look straight ahead and pull the lids out and up. Firmly blink and the lens will come out.

    Repeat with the left eye.

    Alternative method: Place one index finger on the center of the upper lid margin and the other index finger on the center of the lower lid margin. Open the eyelids and gently press the lid margins against the eye. Slide the lid margins together to remove the lens. The lens is forced off of the eye when the lid margins slide under it.

    It is very important not to sleep in your contact lenses unless you are fit with a lens that is approved to wear overnight. Also, you should not swim or shower in your contacts.

    Lens Care:

    After removing your lenses, use an appropriate solution for rigid gas permeable contacts to clean, disinfect, and store your lenses. Refer to the directions on the solution for details. In the morning, remove the lens from the case and rinse it well before inserting in the eye. Pour out the old solution and clean the case with soap and hot water. Let it air dry and add fresh solution each night. Replace your case every 4 months.

    Lens Position:

    The lens may shift onto the white part of the eye. To reposition the lens, identify where the lens is and look away from the lens. Place your finger on your eyelid over the furthest edge of the lens and look toward the lens. It will move onto the center of the eye. You can also close your eyelids and gently massage the lens into place.

Specialty Contact Lenses
There are several different types of specialty contact lenses available. There are colored contacts which can enhance or change the color of the eyes. We also fit contacts for patients who have certain eye conditions, such as keratoconus, with specialty contact lenses to help improve the vision.

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