Contact Lens Prescriptions Explained

Contact Lens Prescription Explained
Believe it or not there is a difference between a spectacle and contact lens prescription. When a lens is placed on the eye it will most likely need to have its power adjusted. This is more evident in moderate to higher prescriptions. In addition the actual fitting parameters need to be documented. Lets take a look at a sample prescription:   O.D. -4.00 8.3 14.4 Brand X O.S. -3.50 8.3 ...
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Contact Lenses – What’s Right For Me?

Many factors influence this decision such as:    LifestyleHealthAstigmatismCorneal CurvatureAllergiesDry EyesHygienePrevious Over-wearFrequency of UseSeeing your Optometrist will help you determine the best type of contact lenses for your eyes.LifestyleYour lifestyle often determines your sight correction requirements, which in turn influences the type of contact lens suitable, as w...
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What are my Contact Lens Prescription Rights?

Congress recently passed an Act that gives contact lenses wearers increased freedom to purchase their lenses from retailers other than their eye doctor. The "Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act" makes it easier and cheaper for consumers to shop for contact lenses based on price and convenience.Here are the main points of your contact lens prescription rights.The Right to One's Own Prescript...
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Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act (FCLCA – H.R. 3140)

One Hundred Eighth Congressof theUnited States of AmericaAT THE FIRST SESSIONBegun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday, the seventh day of January, two thousand and three An Act To provide for availability of contact lens prescriptions to patients, and for other purposes.   Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Con...
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Contact Lens Wear and Care – Soft Lens

Soft Contact Lens Wear and Care
One of the most important and commonly ignored steps in a contact lens fitting is the care instructions and wearing regimen. The trip to your eye care professional is exciting, nervous and anxious all at the same time. Do I get my lenses today? Will I feel them? How hard is it to get them in? Through all the confusion sometimes we may overlook the tips our doctors and opticians give us. Not to wor...
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Soft Contact Lens Designs

Whether you are nearsighted or farsighted, have astigmatism, or need a bifocal prescription  because of presbyopia, there's a soft contact lens design specially suited to correct your vision.  During your contact lens evaluation and fitting, your eye doctor will recommend the best soft contact lens design for your specific needs.   Soft Contact Lenses for Nearsightedness and Fa...
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Contact Lens Statistics

Contact Lens Statistics
How many people wear contact lenses?   Approximately 32 million people in the United States wear contact lenses.  This is about 12 percent of the total population.1     What type of contact lenses are people wearing?   An estimated 87 percent of U.S. contact lens wearers wear soft lenses. Only about 13 percent wear rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses.1     Soft Contact Lens Wear (by...
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The History of Contact Lenses

You may be surprised to learn that the Italian inventor, artist and scientist Leonardo da Vinci is credited with describing and sketching the first ideas for contact lenses in 1508!  But it was more than 300 years later before contact lenses were actually fabricated and worn on the eye.    The Early Years - Glass Contact Lenses         In 182...
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Contact Lenses and Children

Contact Lenses and Children
The human eye can tolerate contact lens wear at a very early age.  In some cases, infants are fit with contact lenses to treat vision problems present at birth.   The main factors in determining when pre-teens and teenagers can begin wearing contact lenses are motivation and responsibility.  If your child is highly motivated to wear contact lenses and is responsible enough to care for them prope...
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Replacing Contact Lenses

This decision should be made by your eye doctor.  He/she will recommend a contact lens replacement schedule for you based on four factors:1.      The type of contact lenses prescribed for you.2.      How long and how often you wear your lenses.3.      How quickly your contact lenses get dirty.4.   &...
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