Focus Eyecare Wilmington NC | Contact Lenses
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Contact Lenses

Helping people look great and see great is our top priority. Contact lenses provide many people with freedom from wearing their glasses everyday. While it is still essential that you have a pair of glasses, contact lenses give you flexibility for active lifestyles or those who want to vary their look from day to day.  We fit all types including soft, gas permeable, toric (for astigmatism), multifocal and color lenses. We will explain all of your options and recommend the contact lens that will not only give the clearest vision, but also be the healthiest and most comfortable fit for you. We keep trials of the most popular brands as well as many other specialty lenses in stock, so that even if you have an unusual prescription, you can usually be fit with the correct contact lenses on-the-spot.

Lens Modality

We will always strive to fit you in disposable contact lenses if your prescription allows. When you replace your lenses more frequently it gives you a healthier and more comfortable wearing experience because there is less risk for contamination and build-up. Build up can cause the lens to dry out over time, which can affect your vision and your eye health. Whenever possible, we use lenses that can be thrown away daily so that every day you have a fresh, clean, wet lens to provide you with better comfort and vision. There are also monthly replacement lenses and quarterly replacement lenses for those that need specialized lenses.

Lens Material

There are 2 main types of soft lens material: HEMMA and Silicone Hydrogel (SiHy). The SiHy lenses represent a newer technology that allows more oxygen to flow through the lens while on your eye. This helps protect the cornea from complications and create whiter looking eyes, in many cases.

Hard lenses or Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) lenses are used if you have excessive astigmatism, keratoconus, or any abnormally shaped cornea. These are used when optimal vision cannot be achieved with a soft lens material.
There are also hybrid lenses that have a RGP center button and a soft lens skirt around the center. This lens provides the excellent vision you get from an RGP, but with improved comfort because of the soft lens surround.

Lens Design/Fittings

Spherical lenses are the easiest to fit and come in the widest variety of brands and materials. These are typically used on patients under 40 years old without astigmatism.

Toric lenses are for patients with astigmatism. The lenses are a bit thicker and are designed to stay in a specific position on the eye. Much care is taken during the fit to ensure the lens does not rotate when you blink, as this would cause interrupted vision.

Multifocal contacts allow you to see both far and near on demand. When you are over 40, most often the eye needs a different power for near, intermediate, and distance vision. All needed powers are present in the contact lens, but don’t worry–you don’t have to look in any specific direction for it to work. Your brain is able to pick out the prescription needed for the task you are doing. Of course, your vision continues to improve as your brain adjusts to this process. The benefit of this lens is that it allows you to use both eyes together to do most tasks most of the time without your readers! That is our goal.

Monovision is a type of fit in which we correct one eye to see in the distance and one to see up close. However, because it takes away from your depth perception, we typically only do this if you have a lot of astigmatism.
Scleral lenses and keratoconus lens designs are for patients with irregular corneal shapes. Fortunately, these come in a soft lens material, so we have comfortable fitting options for almost anyone. These specialty lenses are different sizes than a typical soft lens and have multiple curves within the lens that vault over the irregular cornea to provide better vision. The fitting process is complicated and may require multiple visits to perfect the fit and vision, but for many patients, this is the best option.

What To Expect

If you are currently wearing contact lenses, please bring in your boxes, foil packs, or prescription, and anything you use to care for your lenses. This is NOT so we can take the easy way out and keep you in the same lens, but so that we know what your eye is used to wearing. We always strive to put you in the best material and fit for your eye health and prescription. Also, please wear your contact lenses into your appointment so she can see how they fit after several hours of wear. Most of the time, you can be fit with contacts and have your complete dilated exam in the same visit. We can even pre-order your annual supply so you’ll have them before your trials run out.

Of course, changes can be made if needed.

If you do not currently wear contact lenses, welcome! We will ask you questions about your visual and physical activities in order to better understand how you want to wear the lenses. She will determine your prescription, assess if your eyes are healthy enough for contact lenses, and then fit you in the lenses. Next, a team member will teach you how to insert and remove them so you feel comfortable after leaving the office with your lenses. After you’ve had several days to try them out, you will return so she can confirm the fit and prescription. Typically, you will be dilated at this visit to complete your retinal exam. At this visit you will also be ready to order your annual supply of lenses and be set for the year!