CONTACT LENSES

Contact lenses can be both your best cosmetic and visual asset and your ophthalmic nemesis.

Worn prudently, contact lenses can allow you the benefits of sharp vision without the physical and aesthetic encumbrance of spectacles. When playing sports or dressing up and wearing makeup, contact lenses can make all the difference.

Unfortunately, when worn excessively, inappropriately, or just as a random occurrence, contact lenses can cause painful, even visually damaging disease. Paradoxically, a patient will present with a painful, red, blurry eye, all of which are attributable to a contact lens induced problem. Even before being treated the patient's primary concern is, "When can I put my contact lenses back in?"

While contact lenses are compelling, the long-term consequences of excessive or unwise contact lens wear are significant.

It is conventional practice, and my office's policy, that all contact lens wearers must be examined on an annual basis to try to detect potential issues before the patient incurs any contact lens related issues.  Some patients are annoyed when we will not routinely renew contact lenses if a year has lapsed since they were last examined, but this approach has proven prudent and a standard of practice.

There are several different types, brands and criteria for contact lenses, and it is important that every patient be properly evaluated and fitted with the most appropriate contact lens.  Ideally, a contact lens expert will fit, trial and prescribe contact lenses of all types.  

Our office allots as much time as the individual patient needs to be fitted and educated in how to insert, remove and care for contact lenses.

 

On occasion, a patient will have extraordinary ocular pathology that would best be suited to a custom or specialized contact lens. We will refer that patient to an optician, who exclusively specializes in this aspect of contact lens fitting and dispensing.

For your convenience....we can order most contact lenses for you.

 

These are typically delivered directly to the location of your choice.

 

We have found that we are able to order the contact lenses directly from the manufacturer, or a designated distributor, at a competitive price in a way that is efficient, affordable, and enjoys medical oversight.

The following is a brief overview of the types of contact lenses, their applications, advantages and

limitations.

  • DAILY DISPOSABLE CONTACT LENSES

    • These lenses are inserted, removed and disposed of daily.​

    • The patient is NOT intended to sleep with these lenses.

    • Typically, the average cost of this type of contact lens is on order with the aggregate cost of weekly disposable contact lenses, the cost of the materials needed in their cleansing and storage, and the relative decay of more extensively worn contact lenses.

DAILY DISPOSABLE

 

This type of lens is typically more expensive per lens, but still averages well under $1.00 per lens.

The daily disposable nature of this lens requires no additional solutions for cleaning or storage

There is virtually no care or maintenance needed for these lenses

These lenses are innately safer to use, since a questionable lens, one that is dropped, uncomfortable, or sitting incorrectly can be voided with minimal cost.

These lenses come in prescriptions that will satisfy the majority of contact lens wearers:

  • nearsighted (myopic) up to -12.00

  • farsighted (hyperopic) up to +8.00

  • astigmatic in up to four brackets: -0.75, -1.25, -1.75, -2.25

  • multifocal (for reading and distance) in three groups: mild, moderate, strong

This lens is replaced daily, so each day is a new lens and should be as comfortable as the preceding day.

WEEKLY DISPOSABLE

This lens is typically less expensive per lens.

Added to the cost of the lenses is the additional cost of cleaning and storage solutions.

These lenses require more stringent cleansing, storage, and above all, appropriate interval disposal

These lenses are inherently less safe due to the accumulation of debris over time, the need for fastidious cleaning and storage and the natural reluctance to throw away a lens that is not comfortable, or that has been subject to less hygienic circumstances.

These lenses come in similar allotments as the daily lenses, but have wider ranges of correction.

Variations in prescription may only be available in this type of lens

This lens accrues debris and protein over the course of its wear and rewear and becomes increasingly less comfortable each day after the first.

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