Contact Lenses

Contact lens technology has advanced significantly in the last few decades, and there is a lens design that can fit the needs of virtually everyone. We custom fit a wide variety of contact lenses including:

  • soft
  • tinted
  • disposable
  • daily disposable
  • toric (astigmatism)
  • bifocal
  • gas permeable
  • prosthetic lenses

We also prescribe special contacts for the “hard to fit patients” who have been diagnosed with:

  • astigmatism
  • presbyopia
  • keratoconus
  • dry eye

These lenses require a little more time and patience, however.

Commonly Asked Questions:

Why do I need a contact lens exam?

 

Contact lenses are a medical device placed on the corneal surface in order to provide clear vision. If a contact lens is not fit properly, it can cause significant eye strain, discomfort, and damage. That is why it is important for patients to undergo a comprehensive contact lens exam and fitting. 

What is a contact lens exam?

Two contact lenses

Contact lens exams are different from regular eye exams. A comprehensive eye examination will include eye health tests and a measurement of your refractive error (Eyeglass Prescription). If you are interested in contact lenses, your doctor will complete your comprehensive eye exam to ensure the most up-to-date prescription and rule out any  pre-existing conditions that could interfere with contact lens wear. Then we will begin to gather additional information in order to determine the best fitting lens based on your lifestyle needs, as well as the shape and health of your eye. A contact lens fitting will follow the exam and discussion.

At what age is my child ready for contact lenses?

 

This is a decision that needs to be made with both parental and physician input.  Some children are mature enough for contacts at 10 or 11; others do better at 14 or 15. They need to be responsible for the cleaning and care their contacts in order to benefit from years of clear and healthy vision.

I already have my contact lenses. Can you make sure these are right for me?

 

Of course. Bring your contacts and prescription for your eye exam and our doctors will evaluate your contact lens prescription. In most cases, we can confirm whether your fit is good, if the type is appropriate, and recommend a stronger or weaker prescription as necessary. If you need a re-fit of your contacts with a new kind of lens, we can do that too.

I’m interested in getting tinted contacts. Can I see what they look like on me?

Yes, you can try contacts which change your color dramatically, from brown to blue, or ones which enhance your natural shade, say, making your eyes greener or bluer.

I just turned 40, and now I have to wear reading glasses over my contacts. What can you do for that?

 

Everyone in their forties develops presbyopia which causes trouble with near vision. The solution can be reading glasses or bifocals over their distance contacts, but, for people who do not want to wear glasses, bifocal or multifocal contacts may be the answer.

I have dry eye and I had to stop wearing contacts because my eyes felt gritty. Can you help?

 

Yes. We fit one day contacts and two week contacts especially for dry eye problems. In addition, we can discuss other options to help treat dry eye and optimize this problem to make wearing contact lenses more comfortable.

Can I wear contacts while I’m playing sports?

 

Yes! Contacts are great for sports—they don’t slip, they don’t fog up, and they give good, crisp vision and excellent peripheral vision, while you are playing your sport.

I’m interested in contacts I can wear straight for 30 days.

 

We do not recommend sleeping in contacts, even in contacts that have been approved for continuous wear.

Do I have to order my contacts with you?

 

We prefer to supply you with the contacts, because we can exchange contacts and make sure you are happy with your vision. We will give you the prescription for contacts if you wish, but we cannot exchange lenses if you order them elsewhere and are not satisfied.

To order contacts from us online, please click here.