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A contact lens is a thin lens placed directly on the surface of the eye. Contact lenses are considered medical devices and can be worn to correct vision, or for cosmetic or therapeutic reasonsLike eyeglasses, contact lenses help to correct refractive errors and perform this function by adding or subtracting focusing power to the eye. Contacts provide a safe and effective way to correct vision when they are properly fit and used with care and supervision. They can offer a good alternative to eyeglasses. Over 24 million people in the United States now wear contact lenses. And for certain conditions, contact lenses may be considered medically necessary.
Today’s contact lenses fall into two categories:
HARD LENSE and GAS PERMEABLE lenses correct vision by “floating” on the tear layer of the eye. Hard lenses require more time to correctly fit, and they require some time for the patient to get used to the feel of a foreign body in the eye. But for certain types of vision correction hard or Gas Permeable lenses may be the best or the only option.
SOFT LENSES are now the most popular option. Soft lenses can be prescribed for NEAR-SIGHTED or FAR-SIGHTED prescriptions. Also ASTIGMATISM and BIFOCAL or PROGRESSIVE contact lenses are getting very common. Soft lenses can also be prescribed according to their recommended replacement schedule.
- Daily replacement
- Weekly, Bi-Weekly or Monthly replacement
- Continuous Wear – up to 30 days continuous use.
OPTIC PLUS offers every national brand of contact lenses. Our Doctors of Optometry will provide you with a comprehensive contact lens exam and fit you with contact lenses for the best vision and comfort. OPTICS PLUS will also fill an outside Doctor’s contact lens prescription.
If you have ever had trouble wearing contact lenses or have been told you’re not a good candidate for contacts, you simply may have eyes that are “hard to fit.”But don’t worry — there have been so many advances in contact lens designs and materials even in just the past 12 months! Speak to one of the Optometrists or Opticians at OPTICS PLUS to see if there are new options for you. Ask for a FREE consultation to get all the information before making a decision.
Eye exams for contact lenses include special tests that typically are not performed in routine eye exams for eyeglasses.So if you are interested in contacts — or you already wear them and want to have your contact lens prescription updated — make sure you say so when you schedule your appointment for an eye exam. This will ensure your exam includes extra time for your optometrist or ophthalmologist to perform additional tests needed for a proper contact lens fitting or prescription update..