Our Optometric office is designed to meet both your eye health and prescription needs.
Our contact lens technicians can take the confusion out of which lenses are right for your lifestyle. Multi-focal, toric, dailies, monthly lenses, colors and RGP’s….let us help you discover your personal favorites.
Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses
If you need correction for presbyopia but dislike the idea of bifocal eyeglasses, you have many contact lens options.
Brands include: Purevison, Soflens, Acuvue Oasysl, Air Optix, Proclear, and Biofinity Multifocal Lenses.
Toric Contact Lenses for Astigmatism
“I can’t wear soft contacts; I have astigmatism.” This once-true statement is now simply a myth.
Daily Disposable Lenses
A Fresh Pair Every Day… The largest growing modality in the contact lens market and now Toric dailies are available!
Brands include: Acuvuve 1 Day Moist, SoflensDailies, Focus Dailies, TueEyes, Proclear 1 days Etc.
Contact Lenses for the “Hard to fit” patient
Challenges such as astigmatism, presbyopia, keratoconus and dry eyes needn’t be a barrier to contact lens wear, but they do require more time and patience.
Monthly Replacement Lenses
Great Brands like Air Optix, Night and Day, Biofinity, Proclear, Purevision and Purevision 2HD.
Duette HD contacts by Synergize
Get the vision of a hard contact lens with the comfort of a soft! also available in Multifocal and Keratoconus lense.
Trying out a new contact lens products still really excites me. DAILIES TOTAL 1 is the only thing truly new in the Contact lens industry in the last few years. The product is a water gradient delivery system that aims to prevent the contact lens from pulling water from your eye to stay hydrated, (the cause of end of the day dryness in so many contact lens wearers.) The surface is over 80% water which mimics the surface of the eye.
Whenever anyone tells me they have the newest, latest greatest anything, I am always curious. I used to wear many types of soft contact lenses over the years. I wore Focus Dailies for the 5 years prior to my LASIK surgery. The reason I had LASIK was poor tolerance of soft contact lenses due to dryness and seasonal allergies. The DAILIES TOTAL 1 is the first contact lens that I have worn where I really didn’t get lens awareness until well into the day. I was able to wear them with acceptable comfort until late into the night. I really didn’t feel like I had a contact lens in my eye (after the first few minutes). I am a believer that we really do have a new product to offer patients that can truly help make their contact lens wearing life better. I have refit my daughter into these new daily lenses.
The lens, as of now, is only available in minus spherical powers (no astigmatism, no multifocal, and no plus!) so only a certain population of patients will even be eligible to wear the lens. Alcon does plan to utilize the science of their water gradient technology to expand into different lens types, so larger ranges of vision issues can benefit.
Try this lens if you feel like you have never really had a comfortable contact lens for one reason or another: dryness, lens awareness, redness, and/or allergies. This lens may be the closest thing available to solve your problems.
Try this lens if you want to see what the best contact lens technology for comfort on the market can provide. Try this lens; maybe you might become a believer too!
Scleral Contact Lenses
If you’ve been told in the past that you cannot wear contact lenses because of an irregular cornea, bad astigmatism, dry eye condition, or other problems, you may want to get a second opinion and ask us about scleral contact lenses.
Scleral contacts are large-diameter gas permeable contact lenses specially designed to vault over the entire corneal surface and rest on the sclera (around the same size of most of the soft contact lenses). By doing so, scleral lenses functionally replace the irregular cornea with a perfectly smooth optical surface to correct vision problems caused by dry eye, keratoconus and other corneal irregularities.
Also, the space between the cornea and the back surface of a scleral lens acts as a fluid reservoir to provide comfort for people with severe dry eyes who otherwise could not tolerate contact lens wear.
Scleral Contact Lenses for Keratoconus
Many eye doctors recommend scleral contact lenses for a variety of hard-to-fit eyes, including eyes with keratoconus.
In cases of mild keratoconus, a standard gas permeable hard lens may be used. However, if the lens does not fit properly on the eye or moves excessively with blinks and causes discomfort, switching to a large-diameter scleral contact lens may solve the problem.
Because scleral lenses are designed to vault the corneal surface and rest on the less sensitive surface of the sclera, these lenses often are more comfortable for a person with keratoconus. Scleral lenses are designed to fit with little or no lens movement during blinks, making them more stable on the eye, compared with traditional corneal gas permeable lenses.
Scleral Contact Lenses for Other Eye Problems
In addition to keratoconus, scleral contact lenses can be used for eyes that have undergone a cornea transplant, and for people with severe dry eyes caused by conditions such as Sjogren’s syndrome, and Stevens-Johnson syndrome.
Advances in lens design technology are allowing manufacturers to design scleral lenses that can correct more conditions than ever before, including even bifocal scleral lenses for the correction of presbyopia.
Scleral Contact Lens Cost
Scleral contact lenses are custom-made for each wearer, so fitting scleral contacts demands greater expertise and more time than fitting standard soft or rigid gas permeable contact lenses.
Many times corneal topography or computerized maps of the curvature of the entire cornea are needed to facilitate the lens fitting, and several trial lenses of different sizes and curvatures may be applied to the eye during the fitting process.
Also, depending on the complexity of the problem and how the individual eye tolerates the scleral lens, adjustments of lens parameters may be needed, which will require additional lenses to be made and exchanged. The entire scleral lens fitting process can take several visits to determine the best lens for each eye.
While many individuals who use scleral lenses have worn soft or rigid gas permeable lenses in the past, the process for applying and removing scleral lenses may take some practice. The additional time needed to master this, due to the larger size of the lenses and the fluid reservoir under the lenses, needs to be practiced during the fitting process.
For these and other reasons, scleral contact lenses can cost significantly more than standard contacts; in fact, it is not uncommon for scleral contacts to cost three or four times more. While not typical, in cases when a complex, highly customized scleral lens is required, cost can be as high as $2,000 per eye or more. At our office, a more typical charge with lenses, fitting, evaluation and follow up care runs around $750-$1000.
Most insurance programs do not automatically cover the full cost of scleral contact lenses. In some cases, vision insurance may reduce the cost of your lenses and/or fitting and evaluation fee. In other instances, contacting your medical insurance provider and inquiring what steps are necessary to obtain coverage can be helpful. Ask us for details in helping determine what insurance company coverage you may have.
Orthokeratology is the use of specially designed gas permeable contact lenses that are worn during sleep at night to temporarily correct nearsightedness and other vision problems so glasses and contact lenses aren’t needed during waking hours.
Many eye care practitioners refer to these lenses as “corneal reshaping lenses” or “corneal refractive therapy (CRT)” lenses rather than ortho-k lenses, though the lens designs may be similar
But some eye doctors use “ortho-k” lenses to also control myopia progression in children. Evidence suggests nearsighted kids who undergo several years of orthokeratology may end up with less myopia as adults, compared with children who wear eyeglasses or regular contact lenses during the peak years for myopia progression. In 4 studies, myopic progression was reduced by approximately 45%.