Less Noticeable. Just As Effective.
The contact lens industry is constantly changing. We are proud to offer a wide range of contact lens services to ensure we find the right contact for you. Contacts available include lenses for farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism, and bifocal/Multi-focal contacts. We want you to achieve not only great vision with your contacts, we want you to have the most comfortable and healthy lens available.
Contact lenses, when used properly, are very convenient, and with the latest advancements in technology, they are extremely comfortable. Most of the time, you will hardly know you are wearing them, though you will certainly notice how clear and accurate your vision is. Contact lenses are small lenses worn on the surface of the eye to correct vision.
We are happy to discuss contact lens options to best fit your lifestyle. Many patients choose contact lenses for their primary vision correction and use glasses for back-up only. Others prefer their glasses for the majority of their day, and use contact lenses for special events and activities.
Contact Lens Types
The types of contact lenses available have increased significantly over the past few years. There are contact lenses available for almost everyone. Many of our patients were told in the past that they couldn’t wear contacts, or unsuccessfully tried contact lenses. You owe it to yourself to see what’s new. We carry many options, and promise to do our best in selecting contact lenses that you’ll love wearing. Look at the following list for a glance at
some of the options available.
Conventional Soft Lenses
Soft lenses are very comfortable and come in a variety of types, depending on the wearer’s needs. Conventional soft lenses are worn during the day, and cleaned and stored at night. Usually once a week the lenses must be cleaned using an enzymatic cleaner, which removes protein deposits. These lenses can last for a year or more if your prescription stays the same and you take good care of them. This used to be the lens type of choice but now these are rarely used due to the lack of Oxygen they allow to pass through them.
Disposable Soft Lenses
Disposable soft lenses are much more popular than conventional soft lenses. These lenses are worn for a period of time (one day, two week, or one month) then of course, thrown away. The most well-known disposables last for one month. There are also two-week and one-day disposables(Dailies). Dailies are perfect for many patients who were told they couldn’t wear contact lenses because of allergies or mild dry eye conditions. They have a low cost per lens and are also popular for athletes and hobbyists who don’t necessarily want to wear contact lenses every day.
Tinted Soft Lenses
Next, you have tinted soft lenses, available in conventional, disposable, or frequent replacement types. With tinted soft lenses, you can change or enhance your eye color. Even if you do not need corrective lenses, you can use “plano” colored contacts to change your eye color. It is important to be fitted by an eye doctor for colored contact lenses even if you do not need a prescription; wearing the wrong style can damage your eyes. Dr Ross recommends Colored Lenses be used for special occasions and asks his patients to rely on the more breathable contacts for more frequent wear.
Bifocal Soft Lenses
Recent technology has greatly improved these soft lenses. Many patients past the age of who need bifocals can now enjoy the comfort and benefits of soft contact lenses. These lenses work well and many times allow freedom from bifocals and reading glasses.
Toric Soft Lenses
Toric lenses are used to correct astigmatism. Astigmatism is a vision condition where an irregularly shaped cornea affects the vision. In the past if you had astigmatism, you may have been told that glasses or hard gas permeable contact lenses were your only choices. That is, however, not the case and there are several types of Toric lenses to choose from.
Extended wear lenses are the result of new technology in lens materials and transmit more oxygen to the cornea of the eye. Some of these lens materials can be worn up to 30 days, day and night, without removal. Extended wear lenses can last one week, two weeks, or one month, depending upon the lens material and your doctor’s recommendations.
Rigid Gas Permeable
As the name implies, these lenses are hard and gas permeable. If you’ve been told you can’t wear soft lenses, RGP lenses are often a great alternative. RGP lenses are available in specialized designs to correct just about any vision disorder.
There are a variety of solutions available from many different manufacturers. The important thing to remember is that not every solution is right for every type of contact lens. Some contact lenses require the use of multipurpose solutions, while others require separate solutions for the four steps in contact lens care: disinfecting, cleaning, rinsing, and enzyming. Use only the lens solutions that Dr Ross recommends for you. If you wish to change brands, check with our office first.