Contact Lenses

Contact Lenses

Blink Eyewear carries the latest in contact lens technology from the world’s leading manufacturers:

Cooper Vision, Johnson & Johnson, Baush & Lomb, Ciba Vision

Whether you’re a previous contact lens wearer or want to try them for the first time, our optometrists will perform a thorough evaluation to make sure your eyes are healthy enough to wear contact lenses. Contact lenses are a convenient way to correct your vision and provide the ultimate visual freedom, however if the fit is poor or the lens care regimen if poor, contacts can cause damage to your eyes. That’s why it’s important to have your contacts selected, fit and monitored by a licensed eyecare professional.

Different Contacts for Different Eyes:
  • Contacts for dry eyes
  • Contacts for full-time wear
  • One-day-use contacts
  • Astigmatism (Toric) contacts
  • Bifocals/Multi-focal contacts
  • Colored contacts
Contact Lens Fittings:

Contact Lens Fittings include special tests that are not typically done in a routine eye exam.

Corneal measurements: known as keratometry are done to determine the curvature of your eyes.  This is to ensure the contact lens isn’t fit to tight or too loose.

Tear film evaluation: This is done to determine if your eyes produce enough tears.  If you have severe dry eyes, contact lenses may not be right for you. In some cases, certain contact lenses for dry eyes such as those made of a silicone hydrogel material or a daily one-time-use lens might work better for you.

Evaluation of your eye’s surface and contact lens fit:  The health of your cornea will be evaluated using a biomicroscope also called a slit lamp. This lighted instrument provides a highly magnified view of the cornea and other tissues to enable your eye doctor to evaluate the health of the front of your eyes and detect any changes caused by contact lens wear.

The slit-lamp is also used to evaluate the fit and movement of the contact lens as it rests on the surface of your eye.

Initially, you will be fit with a trial contact lens, which you will wear for at least a week, after which you will be seen again at a follow-up visit.

In follow-up visits, your optometrist may stain your eye with a yellow dye called fluorescein to check for defects in the cornea and to make sure your contact lenses are not damaging your eye’s surface. You will usually need to remove your contact lenses before this test is performed.

It typically takes about two office visits to complete the contact lens fitting.  After finding contact lenses that fit properly, are comfortable for you, and provide good vision, you are ready to order your contact lenses.

Your eyes will need to be examined yearly so that your optometrist can monitor the health of your eyes.

Keep in mind that if you wear contact lenses, your annual eye exams will typically cost more than a routine exam for someone who doesn’t wear contacts, due to the additional contact lens-related tests that are included.

Astigmatism (toric) fittings and Multi-Focal (bifocal) fittings

These specialty contact lenses typically take a few extra follow-up visits to determine the best fit and vision. Multi-focal fittings can take up to 3-4 visits in order to find the right balance between your distance and reading vision.

Caring for your Contacts:
  1. Wash your hands so that you don’t transfer dirt and germs to your eye. Try to avoid moisturizing soaps, as they are not good for contact lenses. Dry your hands with a lint-free towel.
  2. Remove one lens and clean it with the recommended solution. Cleaning removes eye-produced build-up, cosmetics and other debris that impairs lens comfort. It is recommended that you rub the lens a few times in the palm of your hand with a few drops of solution, even if you are using a “no-rub” product
  3.  Rinse the lens again to remove the loosened debris, making sure to take as long as the package directs: Rinsing is an important step.
  4. Place the lens in your clean lens case or lens holder and fill with fresh solution; don’t “top off” your old solution. Disinfecting kills microorganisms on the lens. Disinfection time varies from product to product; check the package for details.
  5.  Repeat for your other lens.
Contact Lens Do’s and Dont’s:
  • Always wash your hands before handling contact lenses.
  •  Carefully clean contact lenses daily.  Gently rub each side of the lens for 5 seconds and rinse thoroughly before soaking lenses overnight in enough multi-purpose solution to completely cover the lens.
  • Replace the case every three months. Clean the case after each use, and keep it open and to air dry between cleanings.
  • Only fresh solution should be used to clean and store contact lenses. Never Re-use old solution. If contacts are stored and not used daily, the solution should be refreshed every 3 days.
  • Put contacts in before applying eye make-up and remove contacts before removing eye make-up.
  • Always follow the recommended contact lens replacement schedule prescribed by your optometrist.
  • Remove contact lenses before swimming or entering a hot tub, or use a 1-Day disposable contact lens.
  • Avoid tap water to wash or store contact lenses
  • See your optometrist for your regularly scheduled contact lens and eye health examination.
  • Don’t use cream soaps. They can leave a film on your hands that can transfer to the lenses.
  • Don’t use homemade saline solutions. Improper use of homemade saline solutions has been linked with a potentially blinding condition among soft lens wearers.
  • Don’t put contact lenses in your mouth or moisten them with saliva, which is full of bacteria and a potential source of infection.
  • Don’t use tap water to wash or store contact lenses or lens cases.
  • Don’t share lenses with others.
  • Don’t use products not recommended by your optometrist to clean and disinfect your lenses. Saline solution and rewetting drops are not designed to disinfect lenses.
  • Don’t wear a damaged lens or wear your contacts if your eyes are bothering you.
  • Don’t extend the wear time of each lens.
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