COMFORT + CONVENIENCE
Contact lenses are very convenient and, with the latest advancements in technology, are extremely comfortable. Most of the time you’ll hardly know you’re wearing them at all, but certainly notice how clear and accurate your vision is. We recommend wearing contact lenses in conjunction with eyeglasses. This allows you to best meet your lifestyle needs while protecting the integrity of your overall eye health.
The types of contact lenses available have exploded in the past few years. There are contact lenses available for almost everyone. Many of our patients were told in the past they couldn’t wear contacts, or unsuccessfully tried contact lenses. You owe it to yourself to see what’s new! We carry many options and promise to do our best in selecting contact lenses that you’ll love wearing.
We carry many lenses in stock and can special order lenses to fit almost everyone’s needs. A few options we offer are: correction for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, bifocal lenses, colored lenses, gas-permeable (hard lenses), and even contacts you can sleep in.
CONTACT LENS CARE
During your appointment you will meet with one of our contact lens technicians to discuss proper care of your eyes and contact lenses. We will also discuss a wearing schedule to help you get the best comfort and clarity out of your contact lenses. Few things affect the quality of your life more than your eyes, so you should never put them at risk. Contact lenses are prescription medical devices. To make sure your eyes and vision stay healthy while wearing contact lenses, please follow these guidelines or the instructions recommended by your doctor:
* Clean contacts by putting in a multipurpose solution overnight.
* Do not use saline to clean your contacts. Saline does not clean them, it only keeps them wet.
* Do not use water to clean lenses; even distilled water may have tiny varmints.
* Wash your hands with a mild soap, rinse completely, and dry them before handling contacts.
* Make sure the lens is not turned inside out before inserting into the eye.
* Do not sleep in the contact lenses. When you’re sleeping it is difficult for oxygen to get to the eyes.
* Never wear a damaged or torn lens, always be sure the lens is clean and free from nicks or tears.
* Remove the contact lens if you develop redness or unusual pain and call Dr. Guenthner.
* Take lenses off before entering a hot tub, and wear goggles over contact lenses when in a pool.
* Do not wear lenses past the expiration date, even if they feel comfortable.
* If new with contacts or if it has been awhile since you last wore contacts, it is normal to have some dryness or watery eyes the first couple of days.
* When looking for re-wetting drops make sure they are contact lens friendly.
* Contact lens cases can be a source of bacteria growth; cases should be emptied, cleaned, and allowed to air dry after each use.
There are several different types of solutions you can buy to clean your contact lenses. For storing lenses overnight we recommend:
For a deeper clean you can use a hydrogen peroxide based cleaner, we recommend Clear Care. With this type of cleaner it is important to follow the directions closely, and to never insert the solution directly into the eye.