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Many patients enjoy the freedom and visual appeal of contact lenses. At the UEC, we provide care from beginning to end for patients seeking contact lenses.

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Contact Lenses

After a comprehensive eye examination and evaluation of suitability for contact lens wear, the doctor can provide diagnostic lenses, lens care kits, individual instructions for wear and care and the necessary follow-up visits to ensure a proper fit and eye health.

We offer a variety of contact lens options for our patients. There are options for almost everyone, including:

Gas-Permeable (GP)
Made of flexible plastics that allow oxygen to pass through to the eyes.

Pros:
• Excellent vision
• Exceptional safety profile
• Correct most vision problems
• Easy to insert and to care for
• Durable with a relatively long life
• Available in tints (for handling purposes) and multifocals

Cons:
• Require consistent wear to maintain adaptation
• Can dislodge more easily than other types of contact lenses
• Debris can more easily get under the lenses

Soft Contact Lenses
Soft contact lenses are made of more flexible plastic that allows oxygen to pass. They can be disposed of on a daily, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly or even yearly basis depending on what your doctor thinks is best for your eyes.

Pros:
• Very short adaptation period
• More comfortable and more difficult to dislodge than GP lenses
• Available in corrections for astigmatism, multifocal, or various colors
• Great for active lifestyles

Cons:
• May not correct all vision problems
• Vision may not be as sharp as with GP lenses

Orthokeratology
Corneal refractive therapy, or vision shaping treatment, is a non-surgical process to reshape the cornea while you sleep. The result is temporary correction of myopia with or without astigmatism. These specially designed gas permeable lenses reshape the corneal surface during sleep to provide clear vision when the lenses are removed upon waking. This technology offers freedom from glasses and the hassle of wearing contact lenses during the day. Active individuals can freely participate in sports without the interference of glasses or contacts. Eye irritation and dryness, sometimes associated with contact lens wear due to outside dust and pollutants, are also eliminated since these lenses are worn only at night.

Colored Contact Lenses
Colored contact lenses come in three kinds: visibility tints, enhancement tints and opaque color tints. A visibility tint is usually a light blue or green tint added to a lens just to help you see it better during insertion and removal or if you drop it. Since it’s a very light tint, it does not affect eye color. An enhancement tint is a solid, but translucent (see-through) tint that is a little darker than a visibility tint. An enhancement tint does not change your eye color. As the name implies, it is meant to enhance the existing color of your eyes. These types of tints are usually best for people who have light-colored eyes and want to make their eye color more intense. Color tints are deeper, opaque tints that can change your eye color completely. Usually they are made of patterns of solid colors. If you have dark eyes, you’ll need this type of color contact lens to change your eye color.

Contact Lens Options for Aging Eyes

Many people facing middle age are trying to avoid one of the two telltale signs of aging: bifocals or reading glasses. Fortunately, there are several manufacturers that offer bifocal or multifocal contact lenses. These lenses come in both soft and gas permeable materials and can be used on a disposable (even daily) or planned replacement basis. Some of these lenses combine the correction for astigmatism as well. Most new designs are made from silicone hydrogel materials that allow more oxygen to reach the cornea.

There are three main contact lens designs for correcting the close-up blurred vision that typically begins in middle age, a condition referred to as presbyopia:

Multifocal/Bifocal Contact Lenses
With bifocals, you look through both the reading and distance portions of the lenses all the same time.

Translating Bifocal Contact Lenses
Translating bifocals are similar in concept to bifocal eyeglass lenses and are available in gas permeable materials. When you look down to read, the thicker lower edge of the contact lens rests on the lower lid. Your eye is then looking through the reading portion of the lens.

Monovision
Monovision is a treatment in which one eye is fit with a lens for seeing things at a distance and the other eye is fit for seeing close up. Many people are able to adapt, however, some people experience feelings of blurred vision, imbalance, have headaches or eye strain.

Reading Glasses
Reading glasses are still a good option. They can be worn as needed over your contact lenses providing additional magnification.