Contact Lenses

The choices in contact lenses are virtually limitless - from daily to 2-week to extended wear to colored lenses for cosmetic reasons. Dr. C Optometry can fit a patient with the right contact lens that’s a safe and comfortable option. For patients who want to see well without contact lenses and surgery, corneal refractive therapy (CRT) may be the right answer. These special contact lenses are worn at night to reshape the eye so that vision is improved during the day.
Frequently Asked Questions about Soft Contact Lenses:
1) What are disposable lenses and what are the benefits?  Disposable contact lenses are soft contacts that are replaced frequently.  The recommended wearing time will be determined by the doctor. 
Benefits:
- Prevent discomfort, dryness, blurred vision, and allergic reactions
Our practice can provide the options and help you choose the appropriate frequency.
2) How do I care for my soft contact lenses? 
- Always wash your hands before handling them and
- rinse them with contact lens solution before putting them in a case or putting in your eye
- Both of our doctors recommend Optifree Replenish and Clear Care.  Optifree is a one-bottle solution that is used to rinse, clean, disinfect and remove protein; always store your lenses in the solution for at least 6 hours every night (unless you wear daily disposables, which are thrown away every day).  Clear Care is a hydrogen peroxide solution with an easy-to-use case for storing; however, do NOT put Clear Care in your eye.
3) I have astigmatism; am I a candidate for contact lenses? 
- Lenses that correct astigmatism are available in both soft and hard lenses. 
- Our doctors will work with you as long as it takes until you're happy with your vision and comfort.
4) I need reading or bifocal glasses.  Are bifocal contacts available? 
- Special bifocal contact lenses are available in both soft and hard lenses. 
- As an alternative, the doctor may choose to fit you with a system called monovision, whereby one eye is fit with a distance lens and the other with a reading lens.
5) Can I play sports with contact lenses on?  Yes.
- Contacts are stable and do not interfere with your game. 
- When swimming, wear goggles over your contacts or throw away your lenses after you swim.  Daily disposable lenses are a good option.
6) Are sunglasses recommended with contact lenses?  Yes.
- When you wear contacts, your eyes are more sensitive to light. 
- Your eyes need just as much protection from UV rays as your skin does. 
- Sunglasses with 100% UV protection should be worn.  We have many sunglasses available in our office.
7) Will I still need glasses if I wear contact lenses?  Contacts may be worn most of the day and some are approved for wear day and night.  Although it's convenient to not wear glasses, a pair of glasses should be available for times when you may not feel like wearing your lenses, such as:
- if you tear a lens
- if you have seasonal allergies that affect your ability to wear lenses
- if you are traveling a lose a lens. 
8) Do colored contacts really change eye color? 
- Colored contacts are available in various colors and shades. 
- Lenses may enhance your light eyes or change your eyes to blue, green, violet, hazel and many other colors. 
- We have trial lenses in all colors for Freshlook and Acuvue 2 Colors. 
- If you're interested in trying colored lenses, please call to make an appointment.
9) I'm traveling, but I lost a lens. Can you help me?
- If you're not a patient of ours:  All we will need is a valid prescription from your doctor (which you can bring in or have the doctor email or fax it to us).  Then, we can give you a trial contact lens to replace the one you lost.  Keep in mind that in some cases, we will need to order the lens if we don't carry your specific lens in trials.
- If you're a patient of our office:  We can send you your prescription by email or fax.  Many optometrists are willing to dispense a trial contact lens, as long as they have your valid prescription from us. 
If you have additional questions about contacts, email us at contactlenses@drcoptometry.com or call our main phone number.

Frequently Asked Questions about Gas Permeable (GP) contacts:
1) What are gas permeable (GP) contacts?
Gas permeable contacts are rigid hard lenses that allow a large amount of oxygen to pass through the lens. 
2) Why would I want to wear GP lenses?

3) Aren’t gas permeable lenses uncomfortable and difficult to wear? Absolutely not.  

4) Can any optometrist fit me with GP lenses?