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Contact Lenses 2019-06-29T20:23:33-08:00

The Simple Facts

More than half of all Americans – some 130 million people – require vision correction. Of this group, approximately 30 million people have chosen to wear contact lenses. Whether you are nearsighted, farsighted, have an astigmatism, or just want to change your eye color, contacts have a comfortable feel and natural look that offer a practical way to deal with vision correction. Advances in contact lenses and lens care products have made it possible for almost anyone who needs vision correction to wear contacts.

Contact Lens Benefits

Today’s contact lenses provide options for every lifestyle and can help correct many vision problems. Active Americans are finding that contacts are more practical than glasses. Contact offer better depth perception, improved peripheral vision, and enhanced visual acuity. They also resist smudging and fogging when moving from cold to warm temperatures.

Most first-time wearers are delighted with the level of comfort that contact lenses provide. An initial exam and contact lens fitting by professional eye care practitioners can help you adjust to your lenses for problem-free, long-term wear.

Today’s Contacts Fit Your Lifestyle

Whether you’re a baby boomer, athlete, or a fashion-conscious teen, contact lenses can fit your lifestyle. Here’s how:

Many baby boomers suffer from presbyopia and can benefit from bifocal contact lenses, which allow eyes to balance and focus for both distance viewing and reading.

For everyday athletes and weekend joggers, contacts can improve a person’s ability to judge the distance and speed of objects, as well as other players. Plus, they don’t fog or smudge when temperatures change, which makes them perfect for many sports.

For daily wear or just special occasions, tinted soft lenses offer fashion-conscious people the option of changing their eye color. The color is visible on the eyes but does not affect the color of objects viewed through the lenses. They come in a variety of colors.

Choose the Contact Lens That’s Right for You

Family Eye Clinic offers several types of contact lenses, each one specifically suited to a particular condition or correction. Click on a title to read more.

Soft Lenses 2019-06-29T20:22:11-08:00

Soft contact lenses are made from flexible plastic that allows oxygen to pass through to the eye.

Daily wear lenses are designed to be removed and cleaned each day.  Daily wear disposable lenses are removed before sleeping, cleaned, disinfected, and replaced every two weeks.  Daily disposable soft lenses are removed before sleeping, discarded, and replaced with a new set of lenses the next day.

Extended wear lenses can usually be worn up to a week without removal.  Extended wear disposable lenses are usually discarded and replaced after one or two weeks.

Planned replacement lenses, also known as frequent replacement lenses, are discarded and replaced on an arranged schedule, usually every month, quarterly, or semi-annually.  Planned replacement lenses are available for either daily or extended wear.

While every patient is different, Dr. David does not normally recommend extended wear lenses, because they triple the odds of contracting corneal ulcers compared with daily-wear users. (Even daily-wear users should exercise extreme care in the handling of their lenses, because statistically they are five times more likely to contract corneal ulcers than people who do not wear contact lenses.)

Daily-wear patients who follow Dr. David’s recommendations for the care and handling of their lenses significantly reduce the risk of contracting infection. To ensure the health of your eyes, always…

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before handling your contacts.
  • Use only a recommended saline solution to rinse and store your contacts.
  • Remove your contacts every night.
  • Change your lenses within the time frame recommended.
Gas-Permeable Lenses 2019-06-29T20:03:09-08:00

Gas permeable lenses, also called GP or RGP lenses, are made of special, firmer plastics that allow oxygen to pass through the eye.  RGPs come in daily and extended wear varieties and may be suited for people with astigmatism.

Scleral Contact Lenses 2019-06-29T20:18:01-08:00

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a firm lens with the consistent comfort of a soft and the usually sharper vision of more rigid lens? Interestingly enough, there is such a lens.

Today’s firm lenses are approximately 7 to 11mm and soft lenses 13 to 15mm.  In 1888 and 1889 Fick, Mueller and Kalt used blown glass to make firm contact lenses approximately 20mm in diameter. These large lenses laid way out on the white part of the eye. When you can make the sclera bear the load – contact lens become quite comfortable.

The problem with glass is that it does not breathe. To allow oxygen to the underlying tissues, a contact lens must be permeable to gases – thus the name “rigid gas permeable” materials.  These large RGP lenses are called “scleral contact lenses.”

More information about scleral lenses is available here.

Check out Custom Stable Lens – call us to see if they’re a good fit for you. 

What is good contact lens hygiene? 2019-06-17T16:13:36-08:00

Daily-wear patients who follow Dr. David’s recommendations for the care and handling of their lenses significantly reduce the risk of contracting infection. To ensure the health of your eyes, always…

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before handling your contacts.
  • Use only a recommended saline solution to rinse and store your contacts.
  • Remove your contacts every night.
  • Change your lenses within the time frame recommended.

Ordering Your Contact Lenses

We offer several convenient ways to make sure you don’t run out of contact-lens supplies: order online, stop by, or give us a call at (509) 334-3300.

 

Notes:  Information on this page is from the Contact Lens Council.  If you’d like a flyer with more information, please stop by our clinic and request one.