It may seem that all contact lens solutions are the same, but they are very different. Each brand of contact lens solution contains unique ingredients that can interact with contact lenses, the eye’s surface, or tears which affects both the cleanliness and comfort of the lenses. Consult your optometrist to determine which type of solution is best for you.
Daily wear contacts
Daily wear contacts are removed each day for cleaning and should be taken out before sleeping. They require a daily maintenance schedule to keep the lenses clean and free from deposit build up and bacteria.
Extended wear contacts
Extended wear contacts can be worn continuously for up to 30 days and nights and are designed with breathable materials so your eyes stay healthy and your vision stays clear.
Disposable soft contacts
Disposable soft contacts are rapidly growing in popularity because they can be worn for a single day or up to one year, depending on the wearing schedule prescribed by your doctor as recommended by the FDA. The more your contacts are replaced, the smaller the risk of long-term deposits that can build up on the lenses. Disposables can be purchased in multi-packs for a continuous supply of fresh lenses. Many patients enjoy the comfort of disposable lenses in addition to convenience, clear vision and healthy eyes. They're easy to insert and fit comfortably and securely. With disposable contacts, the hassle of caring for daily wear contacts is eliminated.
If you've ever thought of enhancing or changing your eye color, consider another popular trend with colored contacts. The color is seen on your eye, but does not affect the color of what you see. The advancement in the color quality of the lenses today can make your eyes look as natural as Mother Nature intended.
Astigmatism or Toric contacts
Toric contact lenses are designed for patients who have astigmatism, an eye condition which results in blurry vision at all distances. Toric contact lenses are designed to have two powers in them, created with curvatures at different angles (one for astigmatism, the other for either nearsightedness or farsightedness). There's also a mechanism to keep the contact lens relatively stable on the eye when you blink or look around. To provide crisp vision, toric contact lenses cannot rotate on your eye.
If you are 40 or older, you're likely to have presbyopia. Presbyopia is a condition that is the result of the aging process. When the eye's natural lens grows older, it begins to lose some of the elasticity necessary to switch focus between seeing near and far. One type of contact lens is designed similar to bifocal eyeglasses. The top half of the lens usually contains a prescription for distance correction and the bottom half provides near or reading correction. Another type allows you to correct both near and distance images at the same time. This allows the eyes to select the vision area to focus on. Monovision contacts are an alternative to bifocal contact lenses. Monovision means you wear a contact lens for near vision on one eye and if needed a different lens for distance vision on the other eye. This allows for clear vision at both near and far distances.
Should you require a rigid/hard lens for visual or medical reasons, but desire the comfort of a soft lens, we fit Synergeyes family of contact lenses that are hard in the optical center with a soft skirt for comfort.
We are pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Andrew Leitzel to our team of doctors. Dr. Leitzel was born and raised in central Pennsylvania. He graduated with clinical honors from Pennsylvania College of Optometry. In 2009 he was awarded the Young Optometrist Of The Year by the Central PA Optometric Society. For the past 8 years he has practiced in a large ophthalmology practice providing primary optometry services including comprehensive eye health exams, diabetic eye exams, glaucoma disease management, dry eye management, medical treatment of eye infections and contact lens fittings. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Leitzel.