Are Contacts For You?
Contact lens technology is super cool! The industry is constantly evolving and coming out with excellent advancements to give you the best vision and comfort for your lifestyle needs. Contact lenses are a great option for many of our patients and we stay current with the best practices and products available to support the health of your eyes.
Whether you are trying contacts for the first time, moving into multifocal contacts, or are looking for a competitive advantage with your active lifestyle, we are here to make this the best possible experience for you.
What You Can Expect
When you purchase contact lenses at Rivertown Eye Care, please remember you're not just purchasing contact lenses...you're buying the competency and experience of our doctors who prescribed them to you! We are committed to working closely with you to find the contact lens which best suits your visual and lifestyle needs.
Our doctors and technicians will go over how to keep your eyes healthy when using contact lenses. Each patient will be taught proper care and treatment as well as a class on how to insert and remove contact lenses from your eyes. We are here to hold your hand through this process.
Convenient and Easy To Work With!
Our patients benefit by working with our family-owned private eye care practice, especially when it comes to contact lenses. We are able to offer services and conveniences that will give you fair pricing, and some extra family-friendly services that our patients enjoy.
Where would you like them shipped? We are happy to send your year supply of contacts straight to your home or work. Sweet!
Need extra lenses to get you by? Once in awhile, our patients may lose or tear a contact lens. We are happy to hook you up free of charge to get you back on track, as we don't want you to over-extend your wear for the health of your eyes.
Did your prescription change? When purchasing an annual supply, you don't have to worry about having an oversupply of lenses if your prescription changes at your yearly eye health examination. We will exchange any remaining lenses to your new and most recent contact lens prescription. Buy-back guarantee!
The Best Part!
We are able to help get you the most out of the rebates available for your contact lenses. We stay current on competitive prices to get you the fairest pricing for premium services and products offered in our office.
Buy a year supply of contacts and save BIG on a pair of glasses from our optical gallery! We will give you $100 off a pair of single vision lenses or $150 off a pair of progressive lenses with a complete pair of stylish new glasses.
What Are The Different Types Of Contact Lenses
There are lenses to correct for distance, near, astigmatism, and kertaconus. They come in different materials, soft, hard, and a combination.
Do's And Don'ts For Contact Lens Wearers
- DO….Wash your hands before inserting, removing, or handling your contacts
- DO….Change the solution in your case every day
- DO….Rub your lenses to clean them every day after wearing
- DO….Replace your lens case at least every 1-3 months
- DO….Inspect your lenses for damage before inserting
- DO….Keep you fingernails short, smooth, and clean
- DO….Insert your contacts before putting on makeup….remove your contacts before taking off makeup
- DO….Follow your lens replacement schedule
- DO….Use only the solution that the Doctor has recommended
- DO….Call our office if you develop unusual pain, redness, irritation, or if you suspect something may be wrong
- DO….Keep a back-up pair of glasses in your current prescription on hand for the days that your are unable to wear your contacts
- DON’T….Rinse your lenses or your case with tap water
- DON’T….Put your lenses in your mouth or spit on them
- DON’T….Take a shower, swim, or get into a hot tub while wearing your contact lenses
- DON’T….Wear your lenses if your eyes are red or irritated
- DON’T….Wear your lenses longer than your Doctor has recommended
- DON’T….Use eye drops unless approved by your Doctor
- DON’T….Rub your eyes while your lenses are in
- DON’T….Use any contact lens solution past it’s expiration date
- DON’T….Share your contact lenses with others
- DON’T….Sleep with your contacts in, unless approved by your Doctor
Inserting And Removing Your Soft Contacts
Inserting Contact Lenses
- Wash your hands before handling your lenses
- Place the RIGHT lens on the tip of your index finger
- With the opposite hand, reach around and from overhead to hold the upper eyelid AND lashes firmly up against your brow
- Keep both eyes open and watching in the mirror
- Gently place the contact directly in the center of the eye and hold in place for a few seconds
- Slowly release the eyelids and blink a few times
Removing Contact Lenses
- Wash your hands before handling your lenses
- With your non-dominant hand, reach around and from overhead to hold the upper eyelid and lashes firmly up against your brow
- With your dominant hand again, gently pinch the lens between your index finger and thumb to remove the lens
- Clean lens by rubbing with fresh solution in the palm of your hand
- Place lens in a clean case with fresh solution
More helpful tips for successful and safe inserting and removing……
- The contact will stick to your eye more easily if it is nice and moist
- If you drop the lens when attempting to insert, be sure that you clean it before trying again
- A mirror with magnification can help you to better see what you are doing
- Be sure to place the lens on the eye gently; pushing, pressing, or shoving the lens on may cause the lens to fold
- Inspect the lens to make sure that it is not backwards before inserting….it should look like a nice bowl shape, and the sides will roll toward each other when the very edge is pinched
Cleaning And Care Of Your Contact Lenses
Properly cleaning and disinfecting your lenses and your case every day is the best way to minimize your risk for eye infections and the severe side effects that can be associated with improper contact lens use.
Many contact lens wearers think of their contacts as beauty products or fashion accessories.
However, it is very important to understand that contact lenses are actually medical products and the use of them should be taken very seriously.
Cleaning your Contact Lenses:
- Remove your right contact lens
- Place the lens in the palm of your hand and add a few drops of solution
- Rub the lens gently in the palm of your hand for at least 10 seconds on each side
- Rinse thoroughly with solution
- Place the right lens in a clean case with fresh solution
- Repeat this process with your left lens
- Allow your lenses to soak for at least 6 hours for disinfecting, cleaning and protein removal
Caring for your lens case:
- Dump out the solution from the previous day; rinse out the case with fresh solution
- Let the case air dry; place the lids on top of the case, but don’t screw them on tightly
- NEVER use tap water or saliva on your case or on your contact lenses. Doing so can lead to very serious infections!
- Replace your lens case every 1-3 months