Contact Lens Info
For over 50 years, Davis EyeCare Associates has been known as the Contact Lens Specialists. Our knowledge and experience fitting complicated and unusual cases leaves patients ecstatic about their vision with contact lenses.
Considering trying contact lenses?Contact lenses are much more user-friendly than previously thought. Start by understanding the advantages and disadvantages of common varieties of contact lenses– as well as the ground rules for minimizing the risk of eye infections.
Soft contact lensesSoft contact lenses are one of the most common type of contact lens both in the United States as well as worldwide. Soft contact lenses can be utilized to correct diverse vision conditions, such as:
- Nearsightedness (myopia)
- Farsightedness (hyperopia )
- Obscured vision (astigmatism)
- Age-related loss of close-up vision (presbyopia)
Soft contact lenses adapt to the contour of your eye. They’re comfortable and also tend to stay in place well, so they’re a good option if you take part in sporting activities or live an active way of life. Soft contact lenses can be found in numerous varieties, including:
Daily wear. Daily wear soft contact lenses are normally the least expensive alternative. You use the lenses during the day, and take them out them each night to be cleaned as well as disinfected. How long you are able to use a single pair of daily wear lenses differs depending on the producer. Lens life is typically 30 days, but there are lenses that are bi-monthly, quarterly and bi-annual.
Extended wear. You can wear extended wear soft contact lenses while you rest, however, they must be removed for cleansing as well as sterilizing at a minimum of once a week. It’s still important to be prudent with over night use, considering that it increases the threat of eye infections and abrasions– even if the lenses are been approved for extended wear.
Daily Disposable. Daily Disposable soft contact lenses are typically the most pricey choice. You use the lenses throughout the day and dispose of them at night. They do not need to be cleaned or disinfected. You simply use them for the suggested time frame –then throw them away. You could consider daily disposable lenses if you use contacts only periodically, or you can’t live with the lens disinfecting process, or you place a high value on ease. Most manufacturers package either 30 or 90 day supplies.
Hard contact lenses
Rigid, gas permeable lenses, or hard contact lenses, offer clear, crisp vision for many vision issues. Hard contact lenses might be particularly appealing if you’ve attempted soft contact lenses and been disappointed with the end results. Hard contact lenses are commonly more breathable than are soft contact lenses, which lessens the danger of eye infections. Most hard contact lenses need to be taken out for cleaning and sterilization during the night. It could possibly take up to a week to adapt to hard contact lenses, and also they’re more likely to slip off the center of your eye than are soft contact lenses– which could cause soreness and blurred sight. If your prescription doesn’t change and you take good care of your hard contact lenses, you could make use of the exact same set of lenses for approximately two to three years. Having our service agreement takes the guesswork out of when your lenses need to be replaced, as we clean, polish and inspect the lenses for signs of wear or warpage.
Specialized contact lenses
Hybrid contact lenses. Hybrid contact lenses feature a hard (gas permeable) center bordered by a soft outer ring. Hybrid contact lenses may be an option if you have an uneven corneal curve (keratoconus, high astigmatism, post-surgery) or you have difficulty using traditional hard lenses. These lenses typically give you the crisp vision of a gas permeable lens, with the comfort of a soft lens.
Bifocal or multifocal contact lenses. These lenses, which are available in both soft and hard types, can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and also astigmatism in combination with age-related loss of close-up vision (presbyopia).
Color Tinted contact lenses. Some contact lenses are tinted, either for cosmetic, theatric or remedial goals– to boost color perception or help compensate for color blindness, for example. Stay clear of costume or cosmetic contact lenses which can easily be purchased from dubious sources. These lenses can ruin your eyes and create potentially significant eye infections.
How to get the best fit
If you decide that you would like to try out contact lenses, consult your eye doctor at Davis Eye Care for a detailed eye exam and also a fitting. Set up follow-up examinations as recommended by your eye doctor. You could need a follow-up assessment after one week, one month and also six months, and afterwards yearly.
Keeping clear of eye infections
Using contact lenses of any kind boosts the threat of corneal infection, just due to the fact that contact lenses minimize the amount of oxygen that gets to the corneas. Eye infections aren’t completely unpreventable, nevertheless there are things you can do to minimize your chances of getting an infection.
To prevent infections: Exercise good eye hygiene. Wash, rinse and dry your hands thoroughly prior to dealing with your contacts. Take off your contacts before you going to bed. This applies to extended wear contacts, as well. Although extended wear contacts are created to be used overnight, constant wear considerably increases the danger of eye infections. Use common hygiene sense.
Minimize contact with water. Take off your contact lenses before you take a shower, swim or make use of a hot tub. Don’t moisten your lenses with saliva. Abstain from any kind of temptation to put your lenses in your mouth to moisten them! Make sure to use only commercially sold, clean and sterile items created specifically for the type of contact lenses you wear– not water or homemade saline solution. Dispose of the solution in the contact lens holder each time you disinfect the lenses, and don’t “top off” used solution that’s already in the case.
Scrub and rinse your contacts. Carefully scrub your lenses while you’re cleansing them, even if you choose no-rub solution. Keep an eye on the expiry day. Do not utilize contact solution that is past the expiration date.
Replace contact lenses cases and contact lenses. Follow producer guidelines for replacing your contact lenses– and replace your contact lens holders every 3 to 6 months.
If your eyes are dry
Even with proper use as well as care, dry eyes may be an issue for contact lens wearers. If your eyes are scratchy or red, take off your contact lenses, and utilize lubricating eye drops. If your vision becomes blurred or you experience eye pain, reactivity to light or other concerns, take off your contact lenses and consult your eye doctor in Oak Lawn for treatment immediately.
- Different Lens Types
- Specialty Lenses
- What are Scleral Lenses & How Can they Help Me? Scleral lenses are rigid contact lenses for hard-to-fit patients and are ideal for people with a vision prescription that exceeds the standard parameters of soft contacts.
- Contact Lens Evaluation All contact lens wearers need to have a contact lens Fit and Evaluation. This is how the Optometrist can fully determine the perfect vision with contact lenses.
- Care of Contact Lenses First time wearers of all contact lens types will go through a Contact Lens Teaching in our office. This is how we ensure proper handling and care of contact lenses, as well as building confidence to insert, remove and disinfect the contact lenses accurately. This will promote healthy wearing, and healthy vision.
- Service Agreement Here is what your Service Agreement will do for you…
- Eye Exams for Contact Lenses
- 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.
- Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses If you need correction for presbyopia but dislike the idea of bifocal eyeglasses, you have many contact lens options.
- Gas Permeable (GP) Contact Lenses 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.
- Contact Lenses for the “Hard-to-Fit” Patient 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.
- Toric Contact Lenses for Astigmatism “I can’t wear soft contacts; I have astigmatism.” This once-true statement is now simply a myth.
- Disposable Contact Lenses