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Contact Lenses

Contact Lens Exams

As part of our goal to provide our patients with clear, comfortable, and healthy vision, we provide comprehensive contact lens services. For all contact lens wearers, it is important that you have your eyes evaluated at least every year or more frequently, if needed.

Whether you are a current contact lens wearer, or simply interested in finding out if you are a candidate for contact lenses, our doctors will be able to evaluate your eyes and make appropriate recommendations about the healthiest contact lens options available to you. The ultimate goal for all contact lens wearers is to see well, be comfortable, and not harm his or her eyes by wearing the lenses. Our doctors are committed to helping you achieve this goal!

Here is a list of the contact lens services we provide:

Contact Lens Evaluation

This is for current contact lens patients at the time of the comprehensive eye exam. This service includes verification of current contact lens prescription to determine if any power updates are necessary, evaluation of the appropriateness of the current contact lens fit for your visual needs, a review of contact lens solutions and hygiene and recommendations for contact lens wearing schedule, and evaluates the health of your eye in relation to your contact lenses.

 

Contact Lens Insertion & Removal Instruction

This service applies to new contact lens patients only. It includes the teaching of contact lens insertion and removal, contact lens hygiene and proper use of contact lens cleaning solutions.

Contact Lens Fitting and Management

This service applies for new contact lens wearers or refitting of an established contact lens patient switching to another type of contact lens for medical, visual, or personal reasons. Depending on your visual needs, baseline prescription, and eye health status, our doctors will discuss your options and will recommend one of the following categories of lens options:

  • Single Vision Contact Lenses (soft)
  • Astigmatic Contact Lenses (soft toric and gas permeable lenses)
  • Bifocal Contact Lenses
  • Keratoconus or Corneal Rehabilitation
  • Specialty Lens Designs (including Bi-toric gas permeable lenses)
  • Color Contact Lens analysis and fitting (single vision soft)

One affordable fee (varies by category) covers the fitting and the contact lens office visits for a set global period until our goal of clear, comfortable, and healthy vision is met.

We offer specialty contact lens fitting:

Contact Lenses PatientNew advances in contact lens technology allow most people to successfully wear contact lenses, even those with astigmatism or bifocal requirements. You will quickly recognize that we go beyond the “one size fits all” approach to contact lenses and understand the importance of personal attention when it comes to your vision and comfort.

Our experienced optometrists will thoroughly evaluate your visual needs, prescription, and long term eye health to determine which brand and type of contact lens provides you the most convenience, comfort, and eye health.

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RGP Lenses

For those patients that have had a difficult time finding lenses that provide good enough vision for their lifestyle, there are RGP or “hard” contacts. These lenses do provide better vision in most cases, but are usually a bit more difficult to adjust to comfort wise. There are many patients in these lenses that are completely happy and unwilling to switch to soft contact lenses.

 

Silicone Hydrogel Lenses

Another category of lenses that are fairly new to the market are the silicone hydrogel lenses. These lenses can provide many times more oxygen to the eyes compared to other category of lenses. These lenses are actually providing some patients with a second chance to remain in soft contact lenses. If there is a significant risk of failing ocular health due to lack of oxygen to the cornea, then these lenses may provide the needed oxygen and therefore may extend a patient’s ability to remain in soft lenses.

Hybrid Lenses

Hybrid contact lenses combine the visual clarity and therapeutic aspects of Gas Perm lenses with the comfort of Soft Lenses.

 

Scleral Contact Lenses

Scleral lenses are large-diameter rigid gas permeable lenses. If you want to wear contact lenses but have had trouble wearing them in the past, or you’ve been told you are not a good candidate for contacts, scleral contact lenses may be the solution you are looking for. They are called “scleral” lenses because they completely cover the cornea (the clear dome of tissue that covers the colored part of the eye) and extend onto the sclera (the white part of the eye that forms the outer wall of the eye). Because of their size, they do not fall out and dust or dirt particles cannot get under them during wear. They are surprisingly comfortable to wear because the edges of the lens rests above and below the eye lid margins so there is no lens awareness.

Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT)

Corneal Reshaping with CRT Contact Lenses can be an ideal vision correction method for active children, especially those involved in sports, or children who are genetically prone to having their nearsightedness progress year after year. The principle is similar to the use of a dental retainer used by an orthodontist to realign crooked teeth. The vision retainers are similar to contact lenses and are only worn at night while sleeping. They are then removed upon awakening to provide clear vision without using glasses or contact lenses! The retainers are comfortable and very easy to care for. CRT does not work on everyone and needs to be performed in a very exact and meticulous manner.