Vial Contacts

Vial contact lenses are worn for up to a year and are removed every night before going to bed.  The lenses are cleaned and sterilized daily and are available in both soft and rigid gas permeable lenses. Although the contact lens is a relatively new invention, the idea of correcting vision by placing something directly on the cornea to correct vision has been discussed for centuries.  In ...
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Toric Contacts

For years, patients suffering from astigmatism were told they could not correct their vision by wearing contact lenses.  That all changed in 1978 when the first toric contact lens was approved for distribution.  By the late nineties astigmatic patients were able to finally wear disposable lenses and in 2002 CIBA Vision introduced Focus Dailies Toric, the worlds first daily disposable toric conta...
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Novelty Contacts

Novelty contact lenses allow you to change more than just the color of your eyes.  These lenses are mainly used in theatrical productions or Halloween costumes or as a fashion accessory.  Novelty contacts come in many shapes.  They can give your eyes the appearance of cat eyes or have the logo of your favorite team on them. There are many lesser brands, but the two main brands o...
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Monthly Disposable Contacts

Monthly disposable contact lenses were approved for use in 2001.  Patients are able to wear monthly disposable lenses continuously for thirty days. Made from super-permeable silicone hydrogel materials, monthly disposable contact lenses are designed to let in a much higher level of oxygen to the cornea daily disposable contacts.  An extended wear lens such as CIBA Vision’s Focus Night ...
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Gas Permeable Contacts

Gas permeable contact lenses are considered hard lenses, but should not be confused with the hard contact lenses of the past.  In the past, hard lenses were manufactured using the material polymethyl methacrylate, known as PMMA.  Previous to 1971, when the soft contact lens was introduced, almost all contact lenses were made using this material.  PMMA lenses were not easy to get use...
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Daily Disposable Contacts

Introduced in 1995, daily disposable contact lenses are worn during the day, discarded every night and replaced with fresh lenses every morning. Replacing your lenses every day ensures that your lenses will never become contaminated with proteins or calcium that build up on your lenses and aggravate your eyesight. Contact lens care is minimal, as you won't have to worry about cleaning an...
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Color Disposable Contacts

Color disposable contact lenses give you the ability to alter the color of your eyes with the convenience of disposable lenses.Disposable contact lenses are frequently replaced, keeping your eyes free from irritating deposits that can build up on your lenses and aggravate your eyesight. Color contact lenses come in many different colors and can be worn to completely change the color of your...
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Bifocal Contacts

Bifocal contact lenses are worn by patients suffering from presbyopia, a condition that occurs around the age of forty and is usually signaled by the inability to read print that is too close, such as a menu or book.  Patients suffering from presbyopia find themselves holding reading materials at arms length to focus on them. Presbyopia is believed to be caused by the continuing loss of flexi...
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1 to 2 Week Disposable Contacts

Introduced in 1987, 1 to 2 week disposable contact lenses are worn for one to two weeks and discarded. Because disposable lenses are replaced with fresh lenses it is unlikely that you will have to suffer from eye irritation because of deposits building up on your lenses. Contact lens care is minimal, as you won't have to worry about cleaning and caring for your lenses every day or expensive lens c...
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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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