Dr. Gregory Richardson knows both the science and art of fitting contact lenses. He'll work with you to find the contacts that make you see and feel great.
The contact lenses come as a package including the Eye Exam, Contact Lens Evaluation, Training, plus the boxes of contacts, plus as many follow up visits as you need.
First we will schedule you in for a regular eye exam. Dr. Richardson will check to make sure your eyes are healthy enough to wear contact lenses, and he will determine your prescription for glasses.
Next during the same appointment, he will do a contact lens evaluation to determine your contact lenses prescription. The prescription for contacts may be different than for your glasses because the lens sits directly on the eye. He will work with you to choose the contacts that give you the clearest vision, safest style, and most comfort for your unique eyes.
If you haven't worn contacts before, he will then train you in the care and handing of your lenses. You can make the training go faster by practicing touching your eye (with a clean finger) during the week before your appointment.
He will usually send you home with one contact lens for each eye. A week later, Dr. Richardson will do a brief contact lens check to make sure the contacts are working for you, and that they are not damaging your eyes. If all goes well, he will then usually order in your boxes of contacts. However, if there are problems, he will try a different lenses. He will work with you until both he, and you, are satisfied that you have the best lenses. More about Contact Lenses
This common, normal condition creates a vision prescription with a certain angle to it. Toric contacts are made to correct astigmatism and are weighted on one side to keep them right side up.
Eyes tend to have a tougher time focusing on close objects as they age. The lenses in our eyes become less pliable as we get older. This condition is known as presbyopia. It typically affects people aged 40 or older. There are several solutions.
- Monovison - Many people have found that wearing one contact lens to see far, and the other eye to see near works for them. This is a happy compromise for them.
- Bifocal Contact Lenses - They sound like a good idea, but they only work for a small percentage of people. Scientists are working hard to create better bifocal lenses.
- Wearing Glasses over Contact Lenses - Some people choose to wear contact lenses to see far away, then just put on reading glasses when the need to read.
Your cornea is the clear, dome-shaped window at the front of your eye. It focuses light into retina. Keratoconus is when the cornea thins out and bulges like a cone. As a result, your vision is blurry and distorted. Keratoconus may cause the cornea's shape to change rapidly, so that after a relatively short time your glasses no longer correct your vision. There are special contact lenses designed for people with Keratoconus that limit the corneas ability to change shape. They correct the vision, and prevent further degradation of the cornea. They may even prevent future cornea transplant. More
How old should kids be to wear contacts?
Does you child brush his or her teeth and take a shower without being reminded? That's a good sign that they can handle the responsibility of caring for contact lenses. Contact lenses can improve a child's self-confidence, and are helpful for kids who play sports.
Nearly 25 million Americans wear contact lenses. Do you know what else?
* Two-thirds of all contact lens wearers are female.
* Ten percent are age 16 or younger.
* Thirty percent are 17 to 24 years old.
* Fifty percent are 25 to 44 years old.
* Most are nearsighted.
* Fifty percent wear daily wear soft lenses.
* More than 80 percent of contact lens wearers go to an optometrist for their eye care.