Let’s face it, glasses are not for everyone. They can be an inconvenience or get in the way. Whether it’s for purposes of appearance, convenience, work, sports, or something else, contact lenses are a great option for those who do not want to wear eye glasses, but still need their vision corrected.
There are a number of different kinds of contact lenses such as:• Daily disposable contact lenses• Monthly replacement lenses• Toric lenses (used to correct astigmatism)• Multifocal contact lenses• Gas permeable lenses
Disposible Daily Contact Lenses
Want the comfort and convenience of a new clean lens every day? Then why not try our disposable daily contact lenses. Many of our patients enjoy the use of daily disposable contact lenses. These lenses are especially nice for teenagers as they do not require much care. These lenses provide a safe, convenient, and comfortable way to wear contact lenses. No hassle, no mess, just simply wear them for the day, remove them at night and throw away. Then use a new set of lenses the next day.
Brand name daily disposable contact lenses include:• Dailies Total 1 from Alcon – These contact lenses are especially good for patients who have had problems in the past with their contact lenses being too dry and causing irritation. They are highly breathable, smooth, contact lens that many patients find to be exceptionally comfortable.• Aqua Comfort Plus – Yet another great option for those patients wanting daily disposable contact lens.• Alcon’s Focus Dailies Toric – These daily disposable contact lenses are designed for patients with astigmatism.
Night Time & Continuous Contact Wearers
If you’ve worn contact lenses before, more than likely there’s been a time when you left them in longer than you should have, or may have even fallen asleep before removing them. This can be a big problem if you have the wrong contact lenses, ones not suited for overnight wear. Irritation and movement of the contact can often occur. Fortunately, there is now an option for those who want to leave their lenses in overnight on occasion or consistently.
Brand name continuous wear contact lenses include:• Air Optix Night & Day – These lenses are suited for patients who wear their contact lenses overnight occasionally or on a regular basis. Because theses lenses have the highest oxygen permeability of any contact lenses currently available, they are the only contact lens approved for 30 nights of continuous wear. But, as eye health care professionals we have to recommend that these contacts be removed once a week for cleaning and care.• Air Optix Aqua – This contact lens option has a lower oxygen permeability, but can be worn for a maximum of 6 nights. These lenses should be replaced every month. For those patients with astigmatism, we also offer Air Optix for Astigmatism, which can also be worn for 6 consecutive nights.
Multifocal Contact Lenses
It’s no surprise that some patients need to have their vision corrected for distances both near and far. That’s were multifocal contact lenses come into play. Multifocal lens wearers might even consider gas permeable contact lenses. Gas permeable contact lenses can give better vision correction to patients struggling with astigmatisms too.
Brand name multifocal contact lenses include:• Acuvue Oasys• Air Optix Multifocal• Alcon Dailies• Bausch + Lomb PureVision
Contact Lens Solutions
If your contact lenses are not disposable on a daily basis then you will need to clean them and care for them using the appropriate contact solution. Your doctor can prescribe the best contact lens solution based on your lifestyle and the type of contact lenses you are wearing.
Brand name contact lens solutions include:• Optifree Pure Moist – This contact solution is the multipurpose solution of choice of many of our patients. Its formula is specially made to work well with silicone hydrogel lenses. Although this is not a ‘no-rub’ solution, rubbing the lens with the solution for 10 to 15 second is necessary to remove dirt and grime that might be on your lenses. Without the removal of the debris, the lenses may not be disinfected as thoroughly as you need.• Clear Care – Another option for solution to use with silicone hydrogel contact lenses is Clear Care. This solution is considered chemical-free. Many patients who have sensitivities to preservatives in other multipurpose solutions find this brand a perfect fit. It’s excellent for those who want to give their lenses a more thorough cleaning. It is a very unique solution on the market, especially since it’s a true no-rub solution.• Bio True – Bio True is a solution from the makers at Bausch + Lomb. This solution is often used by patients who develop a sensitivity to the Optifree Pure Moist solutions. It’s yet another great option as a multipurpose solution for silicone hydrogel contact lenses.
Do not change contact solution brands without consulting your eye doctor first. We understand that a cheaper solution might be appealing, but cheaper is not always better. See what your doctor has to say before making the switch. Above all we suggest saying no to generics! We recommend staying away from generic contact lens solutions because unfortunately, many of the generic contact lens solutions offered are not approved for silicone hydrogel contacts. Furthermore, the formula for these generic contact solutions can, and often do, change from time to time with no notice to the consumer buying them.
Sunglasses and contact lenses
They’re more than just a cool fashion statement; sunglasses are your eye’s best source of protection from harmful UV rays. If you wear contacts than you’ll need a good quality pair of sunglasses to shield your eyes from the ultraviolet rays of the sun. Come browse our wide selection of sunglasses today.