Want to get rid of your glasses? Try contacts!
Why wear contacts? Contact lenses are available for virtually all prescription types, including astigmatism and multifocals. Contacts have some distinct advantages over glasses. Peripheral vision is increased with contacts compared to glasses, which is important in such activities as driving a car or playing sports. Also, contacts will not fog up or slide down your nose when you sweat.
If you are interested in contacts, our optometrist will discuss the risk/benefits of contact lenses and determine if you are a good candidate. Our doctors work hard to ensure that a comfortable brand and curvature of soft contact lens is selected for each patient and that vision is optimized.
Types of Contact Lenses
Important Information About Contact Lenses
When contacts are worn and cleaned as instructed by your doctor, the risks to your eye health and vision are low, but not zero. Keep in mind that eye infections can occur in even the healthiest of eyes, and wearing contact lenses increases those chances. This is why it is imperative to have a pair of glasses in your current prescription to wear when you are unable to use your contacts.
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Contact Lens Examination
A contact lens exam is done only after your annual eye health exam with refraction. The doctor will select the proper contact lens to fit your lifestyle, and then check your vision and the fit of the lenses in order to ensure minimal risk of complications. In most cases, diagnostic (or trial) lenses are used at the first visit so that you may test the contacts before purchasing a supply.
Patients that are new to contact lenses are educated on proper contact lens care & hygiene as well as trained on safe contact lens insertion & removal. We allow a longer appointment time for these exams and a follow-up is necessary.
Frequently, a contact lens follow-up appointment is necessary in order to finalize your prescription. At your follow-up visit, the contacts will be re-evaluated to ensure that your vision is acceptable and the lenses are clean. If you, or the doctor, notice any problems, an adjustment will be made at that time. If all is well, your contact lens prescription will be issued at check-out. Contact lens prescriptions expire 1 to 2 years from the exam date, at the doctor's discretion.
Woman putting a contact lens in the eye