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Contact Lenses

Contact Lenses

Contact lenses can be a great alternative to glasses for those who require visual aids. At Virginia Eye Center, our eye doctors can help you make this transition and ensure you are fitted with contact lenses that will provide you with crisp and clear vision.

Who is a Good Candidate for Contact Lenses?

Contact lenses are tiny discs, often made of silicone or plastic, placed on the front of your eye to correct your natural refractive error. If you wear glasses regularly to experience clear vision, you have a refractive error.

To have clear vision, the light that enters your eye must fall onto the retina directly. The retina is located at the back of your eye. Refractive errors occur when the natural shape of your eye prevents light from landing directly on the retina. Wearing glasses or contact lenses corrects this problem. 

The lenses alter how light enters your eye, so the rays land properly on your retina. If you wear glasses frequently and have healthy eyes, you will likely be a good candidate for contact lenses. To determine if contact lenses may be a good option for you, your eye doctor will thoroughly evaluate your eyes. They will also ask you about your lifestyle and hobbies.  If your eye doctor thinks it’s the right time for you to try contact lenses, they will then perform a contact lens fitting on your eyes.

How Do I Get Contact Lenses?

To order contact lenses, you will need to get a prescription from your eye doctor.

During your eye doctor’s evaluation of your eyes, they will first measure your glasses prescription. They will also measure the size of your cornea, the transparent dome at the front of your eye. Since the contact lenses will rest directly on your cornea, it is important that your eye doctor accurately measures your cornea to ensure that the contact lens fits properly and comfortably. If it is your first time trying contact lenses, they will instruct you on how to properly insert and remove your contact lenses before you leave the office. 

Following proper contact lens hygiene procedures are essential to ensure your eyes stay healthy and avoid other complications such as infection.

How Can I Practice Good Contact Lens Hygiene?

There are many things you can do to ensure that you follow proper contact lens hygiene practices. When your eye health professional teaches you how to put in and take out your contact lenses, they will also tell you some basic rules to follow when handling your contact lenses.

Here are some ways you can practice good contact lens hygiene:

  • Don’t sleep in your contact lenses
  • Always wash your hands before and after inserting and removing your contact lenses
  • Don’t swim or shower with your contact lenses in
  • Properly clean your contact lenses by rubbing them and rinsing them in contact lens solution
  • Always store your contact lenses properly, in a contact lens case with contact lens solution

What Types of Contact Lenses Are There?

Our eye doctors at Virginia Eye Center offer various contact lens options to match your specific vision needs.

Some of the types of contact lenses offered at Virginia Eye Center are:

  • Disposable lenses (daily and monthly)
  • Rigid lenses
  • Bifocal lenses
  • Multifocal lenses
  • Monovision lenses
  • Custom/hybrid lenses

Can I Order Contact Lenses Online?

We are pleased to offer our online store to make ordering your contact lenses quick and convenient. By ordering your contact lenses through the professionals at Virginia Eye Center, you can feel confident that you are receiving a competitive price.

Do you want to learn more about contact lenses, or are you ready to try them yourself? Schedule an appointment at Virginia Eye Center in Lansdowne, VA, today!

Contact Lenses Specialist

Virginia Eye Center