Contact Lenses

Contact Lenses

People decide to wear contact lenses for a multitude of reasons. 

For those who prefer the way they look without glasses, or find glasses to be awkward or cumbersome, contacts can provide convenience and comfort.  And for those that have secretly always wanted a different eye color, contacts offer a rainbow of options from the subtle to outrageous.

With the many new and exciting developments in contact lenses, it is no surprise that 31 million Americans are currently wearing some type of contact lens.

Among these new developments is a revolutionary hybrid material for soft lenses with added silicone that has meant the potential for delivering up to six times more oxygen to the eye than previously possible with existing soft lens materials.  This means improved tolerance to long hours of contact lens wear by the eye tissues, and the potential to sleep in these specialized lenses.

A new soft disposable bifocal contact lens has been released with a "pupil-intelligent" design.  This lens is designed to work in different light levels and comes in a wide range of prescriptions, offering greater success than previously possible. 

One-day, disposable soft lenses that are worn for a day and then thrown away are great for people who want convenience and comfort.  These lenses are especially good for occasional or part-time wear, including for sports participation. 

How do I know if I can wear contact lenses?

The number of contact lens options is too numerous to list, and there is a lens available to meet most any prescription or medical requirement.  However, a contact lens fitting examination is required of all patients desiring to wear contacts.

Your glasses prescription and your contact lens prescription are not the same.

Why do you require a yearly contact lens check?

The primary reason is to monitor the health of your eye.  Unlike glasses that sit harmlessly on your nose, contact lenses are coming in direct contact with the surface of your eye.  The unfortunate fact is that some patients are noncompliant in their lens wear or cleaning regimen, which can lead to serious eye problems.

It is important to remember to:

  1. Always wash and rinse your hands before handling your lenses.
  2. Never use saliva on your lenses.
  3. Never use non-sterile saline, distilled water, or tap water for any part of your lens care.
  4. Never wear lenses longer than prescribed.
  5. Do not wear daily lenses while sleeping.
  6. Know your solution.  Solutions cannot always be mixed.  Not all solutions can be used on all types of contact lenses.
  7. Clean, rinse, and air dry your lens case each time the lenses are removed.  Contact lens cases can be a source of bacterial growth.
  8. NEVER swap contact lenses with another person.
  9. If your eyes become red or irritated, remove the lenses immediately and consult your doctor.  Don't try to brave the irritation.

If I have dry eyes, can I still wear contact lenses?

Yes!  Many recent advances in contact lens design and materials have made it possible for patients that were previously unable to wear contacts to get them.  Several lenses offer a higher rate of oxygen permeability as well as higher water contact, making them more comfortable to dry eyes. 

Can children wear contact lenses?

While there are many children that wear contact lenses for vision as well as medical reasons, some just aren't ready for the responsibility that comes with contact lens wear.  Is your child prepared for the daily cleaning regimen and the insertion and removal process?  Is your child able to touch their eye without "wincing" or "squeezing" their eyelids?  These are questions you want to ask when considering contact lens wear. 

Listed below are just a few of the contact lenses available through Great Lakes Eye Care:

  • 1 Day Acuvue Moist
  • Acuvue Advance Plus
  • Acuvue 2
  • Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism
  • Acuvue Oasys
  • Focus Dailies Aqua Comfort
  • Focus Dailies
  • Focus Dailies for Astigmatism
  • Focus Dailies Progressive
  • Air Optix Aqua
  • Air Optix Multifocal
  • Biomedics 55
  • Biomedics 55 Premiere
  • Biomedics Toric
  • FreshLook Colorblends
  • Frequency 55
  • Frequency 55 Toric
  • Purevision 2 HD
  • Purevision Multifocal
  • SofLens Multifocals


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