Soft Contact Lenses and Astigmatism

Yes.  Special soft contact lenses called toric lenses correct astigmatism.   Toric soft lenses have different powers in different meridians of the lens and either a prism ballast or thin zones to stabilize the lens and keep it from rotating during blinks and eye movements.  These stabilizing elements in the toric lens design also align the proper lens powers in front of the appropriate meridians...
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The Backlash Against Eye Doctor Only Contacts

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By Rhonda L. Rundle, The Wall Street Journal When Jane Holeywell tried to refill her 19-year-old son's contact-lens prescription, she was mystified that she couldn't find the lenses online or at Wal-Mart where she usually shops. She had purchased an initial three-month supply last year from the family eye doctor who wrote the prescription, but she didn't want to pay his high prices when the tim...
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Smoking – Yet Another Reason to Quit the Habit

There is soon to be another health warning message on cigarette packets urging people to give up the habit - blindness. Whilst we have been aware for years that smoking can clog up the blood vessels, including those of the eyes, new evidence now shows that smoking significantly increases the chance of the two commonest causes of blindness in the elderly-cataracts and degeneration of the macula...
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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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RGP Contact Lenses Correct Vision Problems After Refractive Surgery

LASIK and other refractive surgery procedures are typically safe and effective.  But in some cases, undesired outcomes will occur - such as loss of best spectacle-corrected visual acuity, glare, haloes, ghost images, and reduced contrast sensitivity.  Additional surgery may not be possible or may not be able to correct these problems.  The purpose of this study was to evaluate the e...
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Varilux Introduces New Progressive Lens for Bifocal Wearers

As we age, we eventually lose our ability to focus on near objects.  This loss of focusing ability - called presbyopia - usually becomes apparent when we reach our mid-forties.  If you already wear eyeglasses when presbyopia occurs, your eye doctor will prescribe multifocal lenses to correct your vision.  Multifocal lenses have different powers in different parts of the lens to enab...
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Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a very common yet frequently misunderstood vision problem.  A person with astigmatism has blurred vision at all distances, which can range from barely noticeable to severe.  Astigmatism occurs when the cornea has different degrees of curvature in different meridians.Think of corneal meridians like lines connecting opposing numbers on the face of a clock or watch.  For...
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When to Remove Contacts Before LASIK

All contact lenses can temporarily change the shape and thickness of the cornea to some degree.  It's important to stop wearing your contacts for a period of time before LASIK surgery to allow the shape and thickness of your corneas to return to normal.  If your corneas are still changing from contact lens wear, important measurements at your pre-operative exam may be affected and y...
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