CONTACT LENSES

 

While some people enjoy making a fashion statement with eyeglasses, others prefer their appearance without them. We can help you achieve this through the most technologically-advanced options in contact lenses from leading manufactures such as Cooper Vision and Acuvue.

SOFT CONTACT LENSES

Soft contact lenses are considered the most popular, most comfortable and most frequently prescribed type of contact lens both in the United States and worldwide.

Soft contacts are available for all types of vision correction, including nearsightedness, astigmatism and multi-focal needs. They can be worn occasionally, every day, and even overnight. They’re comfortable and tend to stay in place well, so they’re a good choice if you participate in sports or lead an active lifestyle.

Soft contact lenses are made of soft, flexible polymers that allow oxygen to pass through to the cornea. Soft contact lenses are easier to adjust to and are more comfortable than rigid gas permeable lenses. Newer soft lens materials include silicone-hydrogels to provide more oxygen to your eye while you wear your lenses and may also provide UV protection. New types of soft lenses continue to come to market as new technologies develop.

SOFT CONTACT LENS TYPES

Disposable

Disposable lenses are soft contact lenses that you wear for a limited number of days. You wear the lenses during the day and remove them at night. You use each pair of lenses for the recommended time frame, such as daily, weekly or monthly and then discard them. Having a fresh pair of soft contacts means less chance of infection, less cleaning, and more comfort. Disposable soft contact lenses are a great solution for patients who experience dry eye, allergies and for those who only wear contacts occasionally or participate in sports.

Daily wear

Daily wear is a term applied to lenses that are not disposable or able to be worn while sleeping. You wear the lenses during the day from four to eighteen hours, as prescribed by your doctor, and remove them at night to be cleaned and disinfected. Typically, the same pair is worn from three months to a year, depending on the manufacturer and doctor’s recommendations. These days, daily wear contact lenses are more often used as “custom” designed contact lenses.

Extended wear

Extended wear soft contact lenses can be worn overnight, while you sleep. There are two different types of extended-wear contacts–those that can be worn consecutively for up to seven nights and those that can be worn for up to 30 nights. At the end of the prescribed wear period, they must be removed for thorough cleaning and disinfecting. It’s very important with all contacts to be cautious with overnight use, even if the lenses have been approved for extended wear, since it increases the risk of eye infections.

Color Changing

Color changing or color enhancing contacts are available in some prescriptions and lens types to those patients who have an interest in changing the color of their eyes. Colored contacts can be prescribed even if vision correction is not needed.

SOFT CONTACT LENS BRANDS

ACUVUE

Acuvue Oasys · 1-Day Acuvue Moist · Acuvue 2 · 1-Day Acuvue TruEye · Astigmatism and Multifocal Options Also Available

BAUSCH + LOMB

Bausch + Lomb Ultra · PureVision · PureVision2 · SofLens · SofLens Daily Disposable · Astigmatism and Multifocal Options Also Available

CIBA VISION/ALCON

Air Optix Aqua · Air Optix Colors · Air Optix Night & Day · Dailies Aqua Comfort Plus · Dailies Total One · Focus Dailies · FreshLook Colorblends · FreshLook Colors · FreshLookDimensions · Astigmatism and Multifocal Options Also Available

COOPER VISION

Clariti 1 Day · Biofinity · Proclear · Avaira · ClearSight 1 Day · Frequency 55 · Biomedics · Hydrasoft · Preference · Astigmatism and Multifocal Options Also Available

SPECIALEYES

Custom Soft Contact Lenses

TORIC CONTACT LENSES

If you have an astigmatism correction you may have been told in the past that you can’t wear contact lenses. Today, the truth is that there are excellent options for those patients who need astigmatism correction in their contacts.

A toric contact lens is designed to correct for astigmatism by being shaped in a particular way that provides two powers in one lens.  Toric lenses must stay on your eye in a particular orientation to provide optimal vision. Contact lens manufacturers achieve this through several different design methods.  For example, they may make the bottom of the lens thicker and heavier so that it is always pulled downward.

Toric contact lenses come in several forms, such as: soft, extended wear, disposable, hybrid and rigid gas-permeable.  Since the proper fitting for these contacts is especially critical, you may have to come back for several follow ups.  This means that the doctor’s fitting fees and the toric lenses themselves are often more expensive than the easier to fit spherical contact lenses.

To learn even more about toric contact lenses for astigmatism head over to this very informative page from our friends at allaboutvision.com.

TORIC CONTACT LENS BRANDS

ACUVUE

Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism · 1 Day Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism

ART OPTICAL/BOSTON

Intelliwave Toric · GP Torics · Boston Envision

BAUSCH + LOMB

PureVision 2 for Astigmatism · PureVision Toric · SofLens Daily Disposable Toric · SofLens Toric · Optima Toric

CIBA VISION/ALCON

Air Optix for Astigmatism · Dailies AquaComfort Plus Toric · Focus Dailies Toric

COOPER VISION

Clariti 1 Day Toric · ClearSight 1-Day Toric · Avaira Toric · Biomedics Toric · Vertex Toric · Biofinity Toric · Frequency 55 Toric · Proclear Toric · Hydrasoft Toric · Preference Toric

SPECIALEYES

Custom Soft Toric Contact Lenses

SYNERGEYES

Duette

MULTIFOCAL CONTACT LENSES

Contact lens manufacturers are continuously creating new and improved contact lens designs.  One of the greatest areas of improvement recently has been in multifocal contact lens designs.  Patients who have presbyopia now have many multifocal contact lens options to choose from.

Multifocal contact lenses can function like bifocal lenses, providing correction for far and near, or like progressive lenses, providing correction for far, near and intermediate.  You must have a professional fitting and evaluation with an optometrist to determine which design is best for your visual needs.

Multifocal contact lenses are available in soft, extended wear, disposable, hybrid and rigid gas-permeable designs.

Your optometrist may recommend a different option for correcting presbyopia that does not include using a multifocal contact lens. Called monovision, this would involve wearing a contact in one eye for distance and a contact in the other eye for near.  There are advantages and disadvantages to this option which can be further explained by your optometrist.

There is also the option of trying a modified monovision wherein a bifocal lens is worn in one eye and  a single-vision lens is worn in the other eye.  Some people who have difficulty with the previously mentioned options may choose contacts for seeing in the distance only and then put on reading glasses over their contacts, when necessary.

To learn even more about multifocal contact lenses head over to this very informative page from our friends at allaboutvision.com.

MULTIFOCAL CONTACT LENS BRANDS

ACUVUE

1-Day Acuvue Moist Multifocal · Acuvue Oasys for Presbyopia

BAUSCH + LOMB

PureVision 2 for Presbyopia · PureVision Multi-Focal · SofLens Multi-Focal

ART OPTICAL/BOSTON

Renovation · Intelliwave Multifocal · mPower! · MagniClear · Boston MultiVision

CIBA VISION/ALCON

Air Optix Multifocal · Dailies Aqua Comfort Plus Multifocal

COOPER VISION

Clariti 1Day Multifocal · Proclear 1 Day Multifocal · Proclear EP · Biofinity Multifocal · Proclear Multifocal

SYNERGEYES

Duette Progressive · Duette Multifocal

HYBRID CONTACT LENSES

Hybrid contact lenses consist of a central rigid material surrounded by a soft outer skirt. They are designed to provide the great, stable vision of a rigid gas permeable lens while keeping the comfort of a soft contact lens. Hybrid contact lenses are great for people with astigmatism, presbyopia and keratoconus. They may also work well for those currently wearing rigid gas permeable contacts who enjoy their vision but not the comfort.

SynergEyes is the leading manufacturer of an extensive line of hybrid contact lenses allowing you to enjoy the best of both worlds – a stable, high oxygen permeable rigid center that delivers consistent crisp, clear vision with the all-day comfort of a soft contact lens.

HYBRID CONTACT LENS BRANDS

SYNERGEYES

Duette · Duette Progressive · Duette Multifocal · UltraHealth · SynergEyes · ClearKone

RIGID GAS-PERMEABLE CONTACT LENSES

Rigid gas permeable contact lenses are a type of hard contact lens made of oxygen-permeable polymers that allow oxygen to pass through the lens to the eye.

Though not as common as soft contact lenses RGPs can offer many advantages to the wearer. Because they don’t contain water like soft lenses do they won’t dehydrate and are less likely than soft contacts to harbor bacteria.  They resist deposits, making them easier to clean and disinfect.  In addition, due to the hard material, they retain their shape providing crisper vision, handle easily and are longer lasting when compared to soft lenses.

To learn even more about toric contact lenses for astigmatism head over to this very informative page from our friends at allaboutvision.com.

RIGID GAS PERMEABLE CONTACT LENS BRANDS

ART OPTICAL/BOSTON

Renovation · Intelliwave Toric & Multifocal · mPower! · MagniClear · Boston MultiVision · GP Torics · Boston Envision

CONTACT LENS BRANDS

Since 1980, Cooper Vision has been providing contact lenses to people all over the globe. In fact, Cooper conducts business in over 100 countries throughout the world, from China to Europe, from Africa to the Americas, Cooper is there improving the way people see. Cooper Vision appreciates that no two eyes, no two patients, and no two days are ever the same. They realize that people look to them to provide contact lenses that are best in class. That’s what they do and they do it extremely well.

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Acuvue, under the umbrella of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. is committed to creating life-long solutions to vision care needs. Since the Acuvue brand made its debut in 1987 as the world’s first disposable soft contact lens, the company has repeatedly brought innovative, quality, and scientific advancements to the industry. Today, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. is one of the world’s leading innovator and manufacturer of disposable contact lenses.

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Alcon is helping people see the world better through advanced surgical, pharmaceutical and vision care products. Alcon serves eye care professionals and their patients in more than 180 countries, reaching 90% of the globe, to help millions of people see the world better with clarity, color and beauty. Alcon enhances sight to enhance life. Alcon has a nearly 70-year heritage built on trust. Founded in 1945, Alcon has grown from a small ophthalmic shop to the second-largest division of Novartis, one of the most successful and respected healthcare companies in the world.

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For the last 150 years, Bausch + Lomb has become a global hallmark for innovation and quality. Bausch + Lomb is solely dedicated to protecting and enhancing the gift of sight for millions of people around the world – from the moment of birth through every phase of life. Their mission is simple yet powerful: Helping you see better to live better. The company is one of the best-known and most respected healthcare brands in the world, offering one the widest and finest range of eye health products including contact lenses and lens care products, pharmaceuticals, intraocular lenses and other eye surgery products.

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SynergEyes is a 21st century high-performance, advanced technology company, founded by a small group of industry and eye care professionals that recognized the market need for a better hybrid contact lens that combined the superior visual acuity of a rigid lens with the comfort of a soft contact lens. Since their first generation of hybrid lenses came to market in 2005, the company has continued to develop and deliver advancements in hybrid contact lens technologies.

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SpecialEyes was created in response to an unmet demand for high-quality, precision-fit, custom soft contact lenses that could be manufactured quickly, accurately and reliably. Founded by a chemist and an engineer who developed a proprietary integrated lens manufacturing system to produce SpecialEyes’ line of custom soft contact lenses made from high performance contact lens materials. Their precision craftsmanship, outstanding performance, and reliable reproducibility make SpecialEyes’ custom soft contact lenses the smart alternative to off-the-shelf lenses.

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Since 1931 Art Optical is a world leader in the production of custom gas permeable contact lenses. Art Optical maintains the highest manufacturing standards and strives to lead the industry in innovative custom product design. With a wide variety of gas permeable lens designs available, such as Boston, the highest-rated gas permeable contact lens on the market, Art Optical can provide solutions to even the most complicated prescription needs.

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