Contact lenses are a popular way of managing vision correction without having to rely on glasses. Many of our patients choose contacts in addition to eyeglasses because they want the option of wearing their fashionable eyeglasses or wearing contacts for social occasions or for
sports. There are two classifications of contacts – soft and rigid. Soft lenses are the most popular and are commonly used to treat astigmatism, nearsightedness, or farsightedness and are also available in bifocal powers.
There are many types of soft lenses (hydrogel, silicone hydrogel, daily disposables, monthly disposables) in many different materials which allow comfortable clear vision for an extended period of time. Rigid lenses can also be used to treat most vision impairments and provide crisp and clear vision. Rigid lenses come in a variety of lens designs which can maximize comfort and maximize vision especially for high astigmatic prescriptions.
Did you know…
that more than 30 million people in the U.S. wear contact lenses? The majority of those people are females over the age of 25 who wear soft lenses. However, children as young as 10 years old could be candidates for contacts so long as they are capable of following all wear and care instructions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for contact lenses?
You may be a candidate for contact lenses if you require vision correction lenses and are looking for a non-surgical alternative to eyeglasses. To find out if contacts are right for you, schedule an appointment with your Moderne Eye optometrist.
Disposable contact lenses have significantly reduced complications from contact lens wear. You can choose from daily disposable contacts in spherical, astigmatic and bifocal designs manufactured by CooperVision, Alcon, Vistakon and Bausch and Lomb. These same lens types are available in two-week or monthly disposables. CooperVision has expanded their stock Biofinity Toric lenses to correct up to -5.00 of astigmatism.
If you haven’t tried contacts in several years, there are many new products that could help you wear contacts comfortably and clearly now.
What should I expect when I am fitted for contact lenses?
Your Moderne Eye optometrist will conduct a thorough eye exam and prescribe a contact lens brand and power based on the results of your eye exam and your frequency of wear. You’ll be fitted with a free trial pair of lenses before you leave the office and asked to return for a follow up visit several days or several weeks later to evaluate the fit and vision with the trial contact lenses.
How should I care for my eyes and contacts after my appointment?
The health and safety of your vision is our primary concern. Both Dr. Lin and Dr. Rivera have conducted contact lens research as post-doctoral students at the UC Berkeley School of Optometry. These years of research as well as years of clinical practice form the basis of the contact lens services we provide for our patients. You will be given detailed instructions on how to insert and remove the contact lenses as well as how to disinfect and care for the contacts if the contacts are re-worn. If you fail to follow care and wear instructions, you risk getting a corneal infection that could threaten your sight and cause blindness. Prior to handling contacts, you must wash your hands to avoid transferring bacteria and contaminants to the surface of the contact lens. If you are a contact lens wearer, a red and painful eye should be immediately seen by your eye care professional as it could be the sign of an acute eye infection.
When you purchase an annual supply of contact lenses from us, you are eligible for manufacturer rebates. Here are some examples:
CooperVision Avaira $30 off (8) 6-packs
CooperVision Biofinity $50 off (4) 6-packs (excludes Bifinity XR toric)
CooperVision Clariti 1 day brand $50 off (8) 90-packs or (24) 30-packs
These rebates are good 5/1/2016 – 10/31/2016