Thinking of trying contact lenses?

There are contact lenses to correct nearly every kind of vision problem, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia. At Intermountain Eye Centers we have contact lens specialists at each of our five locations to answer all of your questions. We have some of the most advanced fitting technologies available to fit contacts for special eye conditions such as keratoconous, corneal transplants and irregular astigmatism.

Both soft and rigid contact lenses can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism and presbyopia.  Your doctor and contact lens specialist can help determine which type is best for you. When you call to make your appointment, be sure to tell the receptionist that you are interested in wearing contact lenses. This will help them schedule the appropriate amount of time so that all of your questions can be answered.

Our doctors are providers for the Vision Service Plan (VSP) Insurance and some Eye Med plans. Intermountain Eye Centers will get the proper authorization for your visit, and we will file your claim for you.  How much easier could it be?

We fit many brands and types of contact lenses, including the newest lenses available:

  • B & L Ultra
  • Oasys One Day Disposable, Dailies Total 1, Biotrue One Day, Tru-Eye
  • Vistakon’s One Day Define Eye Enhancing lenses
  • Dailies Aqua Comfort Plus Toric and Multifocal lenses
  • 1-Day Acuvue Moist Toric and Multifocal lenses
  • Biofinity, Air Optix, Night & Day, PureVision 2, and ProClear monthly lenses
  • Acuvue Oasys, Avaira, Biomedics XC disposable lenses

Soft lenses are initially very comfortable and can be worn easily on a full-time or part-time basis. Soft contacts are an especially good choice for sports, working out at the gym, biking, hiking and other activities.

Our specialty lenses include the Synergeyes and Duette hybrid lens, Rose K RGP for Keratoconous, Post Graft RGP for after a corneal transplant,  Intralimbal RGP for any irregular astigmatism, Reverse Geometry RGP lenses for after refractive surgery, and Scleral contact lenses for any of the previous eye conditions, and for patients with dry eye.

CONTACT LENS DESIGNS

Spherical Lenses
Spherical lenses are available in one-day, two-week and monthly disposable soft contact lenses and in rigid gas-permeable designs. They correct for nearsighted, farsighted and small amounts of astigmatic conditions.

Toric Lenses
Toric lenses are for the correction of astigmatism. They have two prescriptions in them that are created with curvatures at different angles. These lenses have a mechanism to keep the lens from rotating on the eye, keeping the two prescriptions stable on the eye, much like your glasses would be. Properly fitting toric lenses takes more time and requires more expertise than regular contacts. They are available as soft contact lenses and rigid gas permeable.

Bifocal or Multifocal Contact Lenses
These lenses also have two or more zones of power in them, one for distance and one or more for near to correct for presbyopia.  Most soft contacts are “simultaneous vision” lenses. The patient sees distance and near at the same time. Your visual system learns to select the correct power voice depending on how close or how far you are trying to see. Rigid multifocal lenses are available as “simultaneous vision” or in translating designs. The physical placement of your eyelids determines which style is best for you.
Monovision Contact Lenses
One option to correct near and far vision is monovision.  This system can be accomplished with farsighted, nearsighted or astigmatism corrections.  It can be a light compromise to both distances, but can give the patient very “functional” vision, without needing additional reading glasses.  This method involves fitting the patient’s dominant eye with a distance-vision contact lens and the non-dominant eye with a contact lens corrected for near vision.  The brain receives images from both distances at the same time.  The brain then selects the image upon which it wants to focus. When both eyes are open the patient is often unaware which eye is providing the clear vision.

Monovision may be less effective in dim or dark lighting.  Monovision is not recommended for patients whose jobs have to do with transportation or the operation of heavy equipment (such as pilots, truck drivers or bus drivers).

 

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR CONTACT LENSES

  • After inserting your contact lenses, dispose of the used solution, rinse your case with hot water and allow it to air dry.
  • Be sure to rub or rinse your lenses thoroughly at night.
  • Put fresh solution in your case every night.
  • Replace your case every three to six months
  • Be sure to use non-oily makeup remover.
  • Make sure that your lower eyeliner is placed underneath your eyelashes, not on the rim above your lashes.
  • Put your contacts in before you put your makeup on.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before handling your contacts. This includes before removal as well as prior to insertion.
  • Never put contact lenses in your mouth or moisten them with saliva.
  • All contact lens wearers should have an up-to-date pair of eyeglasses to wear in the evenings or when your eyes feel dry and uncomfortable.