So You Want to Wear Contact Lenses
Reasons to Consider Contact Lenses
- Contact lenses move with your eye, allow a natural field of view, have no frames to obstruct your vision and greatly reduce distortions.
- They do not fog up, like glasses, nor do they get splattered by mud or rain.
- Contact lenses do not get in the way of your activities.
- Many people feel they look better in contact lenses.
- Contact lenses, compared to eyeglasses, generally offer better sight.
- Contact lenses can offer an alternative to bifocal glasses.
Some Things to Remember About Contact Lenses
- Contact lenses, when compared with glasses, require a longer initial examination and more follow-up visits to maintain eye health; and more time for lens care.
- If you are going to wear your lenses successfully, you will have to clean and store them properly; adhere to lens wearing schedules; and make appointments for follow-up care.
- If you are wearing disposable or planned replacement lenses, you will have to carefully follow the schedule for throwing away used lenses.
Contact Lens Do's and Don’ts
The American Optometric Association recommends to get started off right with your contact lenses by going toadoctor who provides full-servicecare.Full-service care may include the following items: a thorough eye examination, an evaluation of yoursuitability for contact lens wear, the lensesand necessary lens care kits, individual instructions for wear and care, and follow-up visits over a specified time.The initial visit and examination can take an hour or longer. Dr. Bogart and Dr. Smith provide full-service care and prescribe the most advanced contact lenses available. Here is a list of other specific do's and don'ts to lead you to successful wear.
- Listen and watch closely as instructions are given and demonstrated. Practice the care routine in the office.
- Follow lens care and wearing instructions/schedules to the letter.
- Schedule follow-up visits to Dr. Bogart or Dr. Smith both during and after your adaptation period.
- This is important to maintaining good eye health and safe contact lens wear.
- Wash hands thoroughly before handling your lenses.
- Handle contact lenses over a clean towel. If you drop your lenses, they will stay clean and undamaged.
- Store your lenses in the case made for them and keep the case clean.
- Use cream soaps. They can leave a film on your hands that can transfer to the lenses.
- Put contact lenses in your mouth or moisten them with saliva, which is full of bacteria and a potential source of infection.
- Use homemade saline solutions. Improper use of homemade saline solutions has been linked with a potentially blinding condition among soft lens
Signs of Potential Problems
It is generally not difficult to wear contact lenses. Following Dr. Bogart's and Dr. Smith’s advice and regular follow-up care will prevent most problems. However, here is a list of some signs that things may not be going well. If you experience any of these, contact Dr. Bogart or Dr. Smith as soon as possible.
- Blurred or fuzzy vision, especially of sudden onset.
- Red, irritated eyes.
- Uncomfortable lenses.
- Pain in and around the eyes
Your Child and Contact Lenses
Q: When should my child wear contact lenses?
Most children can be successful with contact lenses by age 10 and up. The real key is not age but responsibility. As a parent you know your child's maturity and motivation to wear contacts better than anyone. Please feel free to ask our doctors about children and contact lenses
Q: I wear contact lenses, why can't I show my child how to put in lenses at home?
Due to liability issues, we must be the ones to show every patient the proper way to insert, remove and care for contacts. Certainly, once your child takes the contacts home from the office you will be involved in helping them to be successful wearers.
Q: I wear (Brand Name) contact lenses and they're great, shouldn't my child wear the same ones?
Sometimes your child may be able to wear the same brand of lenses you do, but often those lenses aren't appropriate for your child. Our doctors will discuss the available options with you to determine the lens that is best.
Some tips for when we dispense your child's lenses:
- Schedule enough time. Learning any new skill takes time, we allow at least one hour to instruct patients on insertion and removal techniques.
- Don't bring the whole family. When learning a new skill, being watched by too many people does not help the learning process. Please leave brothers and sisters at home or in the waiting room.
- Understand that they may not be successful the first time. We do our best to make sure that our patients are successful but for many reasons it can sometimes take more than one attempt to get contacts in and out with ease. We may ask you to reschedule another time, if needed.
- Understand we will probably use a different method than you do. We use techniques that have proven to be successful in showing contact lens wearers where to start. After dispensing, all wearers develop the method that works best for them.
- We will recommend a cleaning and disposal schedule that is proper for the lenses dispensed. Please follow it.
While we may feature the following brands of contact lenses – we fit all manufacturers’ products depending on the needs of the patient.
PureVision2 HD contact lenses
Some patients just won’t settle when it comes to their vision. And they’re our inspiration for new Bausch + Lomb PureVision2 HD contact lenses. Featuring High Definition Optics, these new contact lenses deliver the clear, crisp vision that thesepatients require – especially in low light. Top that off with design advances for improved comfort and breathability, and you’ve got a lens that will satisfy your patients who want outstanding vision and much more, too.
PureVision2 HD lenses are packaged in an innovative solution featuring poloxamine – a moisturizing surfactant – designed to deliver outstanding comfort on insertion for first fit success.
PureVision2 For Astigmatism contact lenses
PureVision2 For Astigmatism contact lenses with High Definition Optics are designed to reduce spherical aberration across both the cylinder and sphere meridians of the lens for incredible vision. PureVision2 For Astigmatism also incorporates Auto Align Design, a unique stabilization system optimized to deliver consistently crisp, clear vision all day, every day with excellent stability and comfort.
Introducing the latest innovation in toric lenses, PureVision2 For Astigmatism with High Definition Optics. These lenses offer outstanding performance by design.
Please note: PureVision2 For Astigmatism with High Definition Optics is in limited distribution in 2011 and will be launched nationally in 2012.
Key Features & Benefits
- High Definition Optics - Designed to reduce spherical aberration on both the cylinder and sphere meridians of the lens.
Patient Benefit: Incredible vision with reduced halos.1
- Auto Align Design - Hybrid ballasting (peri and prism design), a large diameter (14.5 mm), and large optic zone (8 mm)*.
Patient Benefit: Amazing stability and orientation deliver consistently crisp, clear vision.
- ComfortMoist - Thin, rounded edge design and moisture-rich packaging solution.
Patient Benefit: Outstanding comfort on insertion and throughout the day.1
PureVision Multi-Focal Contact Lenses
If you're having trouble reading things up close, chances are, you're experiencing presbyopia, a naturally occurring vision condition that begins to affect most people in their 40s. But, just because you have presbyopia doesn't mean you need bifocals or reading glasses.
Bausch + Lomb PureVision Multi-Focal contact lenses feature an innovative optical design allowing you to see clearly at all distances – near, far, and everywhere in-between.
The PureVision brand is also the first family of silicone hydrogel lenses made of AerGel, a unique material designed to deliver extraordinary comfort and health.