Contact Lenses

With the latest advances in optical technology, almost everyone can now wear contact lenses, no matter what type or to what extent their vision problems are.  This means that patients with astigmatism and those who need bifocal or multifocal lenses could both be helped by some form of contact lens.  Our office offers a comprehensive array of contact lenses to match each patient’s individual needs.

Whatever your lifestyle or preferences, Dr. Van Norman can help you find the contact lenses or eye care solutions that are right for you.

Contact Lenses

A contact lens is a corrective, therapeutic device that is usually placed directly onto the cornea of the eye.  

Many people choose to wear contact lenses as opposed to eyeglasses as they provide a wider field of vision and are more suitable for a number of sporting activities.

Contact lenses vary according to construction material, wear time, replacement schedule, and design. They are medical devices, regulated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. All contact lenses require a prescription so that the properties of the lenses can be properly matched to suit the patient’s needs.

Types of Contact Lenses

COMMON MYTHS ABOUT CONTACT LENSES

  • Not going to happen.  A thin membrane called conjunctiva covers the white of your eye and connects to the inside of your eyelids which makes it impossible for a contact lens to get lost behind your eye.

  • It is true that contact lens wear can increase your risk of certain eye problems.  However, if you follow the instructions regarding how to care for your lenses, how long to wear them and how frequently you should replace them, then wearing contacts is very safe.

  • If you’ve been told that you can’t wear contacts, it is time to ask again.  Thanks to advances in contact lens technology, from custom-made soft contact lenses to scleral contact lenses, just about everyone can wear contacts.  You may be a better candidate than you think!

  • After a brief adaptation period, most people don’t even notice they’re wearing contact lenses.  For those who do experience contact lens discomfort, several remedies are available once the cause is pinpointed.

  • Who says?  With the advent of multifocal contact lenses, a number of new contacts for dry eyes, and the advances in technology, age is no longer the barrier to successful contact lens wear.  Ask Dr. Van Norman if you are a good candidate for contacts-the answer might surprise you!

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