When thinking about contact lenses, the optometrists at our Bayshore optical store, Vision Center, will perform a standard eye exam that will test your visual clarity. Once your exam has been finished, your eyes are measured to make sure that lenses sit properly over your corneas. Our eye doctors are able to offer you several contact lens options, choosing between multifocal, bifocal, rigid or soft lenses. You also have the choice to change the color of your eyes with colored lenses. Because there are so many lens choices, our educated doctors will listen closely to your goals and choose the lens that best suits your needs and lifestyle.
Once chosen, fitted and being worn, correctly caring for your contact lenses is crucial. Proper maintenance will not only help to guarantee your total satisfaction with your contact lenses but that they last as long as they are supposed to and function properly. At our Bayshore optical store, we make sure our patients and customers know that proper care of their contact lenses will prevent neglect and guarantees their excellent quality during the time they are worn. We do our best to offer the most appropriate solution for each type of lens, customizing our care suggestions to our specific patient’s needs.
Soft contact lenses are made of flexible plastics that allow oxygen to pass through to the cornea. They may be easier to adjust to and are more comfortable than rigid gas permeable lenses. Rigid gas permeable contact lenses (RGPs) are more durable and resistant to deposit buildup, and usually offer crisper, clearer vision. RGP’s tend to be less expensive over the life of the lens since they last longer than soft contact lenses. Although they are easier to handle and less likely to tear, RGP’s are not as comfortable initially as soft contacts and it may take a few weeks to get used to wearing them, compared to several days for soft contacts. Extended wear lenses are usually soft contact lenses made of flexible plastics that allow oxygen to pass through to the cornea. The length of continuous wear depends on the type of lens and at our Bayshore optical store we will evaluate your tolerance for overnight wear. It’s important for the eyes to have a rest without lenses for at least one night following each scheduled removal. Disposable lenses mean “used once and discarded”. We are well educated in the fitting as well as the care of all types of contact lenses and make sure all our patients know how to get the most out of their choices.