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Contact Lenses

contacts eye close up woman 1024x682We provide comprehensive cornea and contact lens care.  After an eye examination we evaluate your eyes and determine which type of contact lens will best suit your individual needs.

We prescribe all major brands of soft and rigid contact lenses.  Additionally, we prescribe custom designed contact lenses for special needs as well as special eye problems.

Specialized Contact Lenses

  • Bifocal Contact Lenses
  • Monovision Contact Lenses
  • Astigmatism Contact Lenses
  • Keratoconus Treatment
  • Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses
  • Mini-Scleral Contact Lenses

Keys to Happy, Healthy Contact Lens Wear

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Eyes need Oxygen

The front of the eye is one of the only areas in the body without blood supply. Yet these cells need OXYGEN!

We can increase oxygen to the eye by three simple techniques:

  • Clean the lens thoroughly every night with a rubbing action to get the tears out, and the cleaner in the contact so it starts to clean the lens immediately.
  • Give the eye a rest by wearing the glasses an hour a day to let the eye “catch up” on oxygen.
  • Change the lens at the recommended time to decrease the "plugging up" effect of long term wear.
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Bacteria and Fungal Growth

The eye is a great place for stuff to grow as it is warm, moist, and has a rich solution to grow in.

Here are a few steps for preventing infections:

  • Clean your case weekly and replace every 3 months. If it looks like something you would NEVER touch to your tongue, NEVER let it or anything in it touch your eye either.
  • Wash your hands before touching your eyes or contacts.
  • Never soak your contacts in the same solution more than once.
  • Never use tap water or salt water to clean or soak your lenses, and never let your lenses touch water. Air dry your case after washing or using.
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Eye Injury

Injury to the eyes due to contact lens complications can be limited with proper training.

Here are a couple tips to protect your eyes:

  • Leaving in the contact lenses in the eyes overnight is approved for some lenses. If your eye gets red the most likely problem is lack of oxygen, but infection is the other danger. Remove your contacts and see your doctor immediately.
  • How do I remove a “stuck” contact lens? Put artificial tears or contact lens rewetting drops in the eye and let it soak before gently rubbing the closed eye and retrying. Often times the lens is already out and you are trying to remove a contact that is not there.
  • Fortunately for those who don’t like the look, feel or inconvenience of reading glasses, there is another option. Bifocal and multifocal lenses are also available in contact lenses in both soft and Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) varieties.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • “I can’t wear soft contacts; I have astigmatism.” This once-true statement is now simply a myth.