Your Source for Contact Lenses in Raleigh NC
The Fox Eye Care Group Raleigh full service Optometric office is designed to meet both your eye health needs as well as your eyewear requirements.
Our contact lens technicians can take the confusion out of which lenses are right for your lifestyle. Multi-focal, toric, dailies, monthly lenses, colors and RGP's....let us help you discover your personal favorites.
We welcome new clients and all our current patients to visit us with their current prescription. Just drop by, no need for an appointment and let us help you 'see' the new you!
Thinking about trying contact lenses?
Contact lenses are much easier to fit and wear than they were years ago. Start by checking out the advantages and disadvantages of typical types of contact lenses-- as well as the ground rules for avoiding eye infections.
Soft contact lenses
Soft contact lenses are the most popular style of contact lens both in the United States and worldwide. Soft contact lenses can be made use of to remedy assorted vision conditions, including:
Nearsightedness (nearsightedness ).
Farsightedness (hyperopia ).
Obscured vision (astigmatism).
Age-related loss of close-up vision (presbyopia).
Soft contact lenses conform to the shape of your eye. They're comfortable and also generally remain in place well, so they're a good choice if you take part in sports or lead an on the move approach to life.
Soft contact lenses come in numerous types, such as:
Daily wear. Daily wear soft contact lenses are commonly the least costly choice. You wear the lenses during the day, and take them out them each evening to be washed as well as disinfected. How long you may use a single set of daily wear lenses varies baseding on the producer.
Extended wear. You could use extended wear soft contact lenses while you sleep, however, they have to be taken out for cleaning as well as sterilizing at least once a week. It's still vital to be careful with overnight use, though, since it enhances the threat of eye infections-- even if the lenses have actually been authorized for extended wear.
Disposable. Disposable soft contact lenses are normally the most expensive choice. You use the lenses during the day and throw them away in the evening. They do not have to be washed or disinfected. You just use them for the recommended timeframe-- such as daily, weekly or on a monthly basis-- then throw them away. You might take into consideration disposable lenses if you usually only wear contacts occasionally, you can't stand disinfecting solution or you put a premium on ease.
Hard contact lenses.
Rigid, gas permeable lenses, or hard contact lenses, provide clear, crisp vision for many vision issues. Hard contact lenses might be specifically appealing if you have actually tried soft contact lenses and been unhappy with the end results.
Hard contact lenses are typically more breathable compared to are soft contact lenses, which lessens the risk of eye infections. Many hard contact lenses have to be removed for cleansing as well as sterilization during the night.
It might require up to a week to adapt to hard contact lenses, also they're more likely to move from the center of your eye compared to soft contact lenses-- which may cause distress as well as obscured sight.
If your prescription doesn't vary, plus you attend to your hard contact lenses, you can use the same pair of lenses for up to two to three years.
Specialized contact lenses.
According to your vision requirements, you might think about specialized contact lenses, which include:
Hybrid contact lenses. Hybrid contact lenses have a hard (gas permeable) middle bordered by a soft external ring. Hybrid contact lenses may be an alternative if you have an uneven corneal curvature (keratoconus) or you have trouble wearing standard hard lenses.
Bifocal or multifocal contact lenses. These lenses, which are readily available in both soft and hard variations, can rectify nearsightedness, farsightedness as well as astigmatism in combination with age-related loss of near vision (presbyopia).
Colored contact lenses. Some contact lenses are tinted, either for cosmetic or remedial objectives-- to boost color vision or help compensate for color blindness, for example. Stay clear of costume or decorative contact lenses, though. These lenses could harm your eyes as well as cause potentially severe eye infections.
Getting the best fit for your contact lenses
If you would like to try contact lenses, consult your optometrist or other eye care professional for a comprehensive eye exam and also a contact lens fitting.
Arrange follow-up exams as recommended by your eye care specialist. You could require a follow-up assessment after one week, one month and also six months, and afterwards once a year.
Avoiding eye infections.
Using contact lenses of any sort raises the risk of corneal infection, just due to the fact that contact lenses decrease the quantity of oxygen that reaches the corneas. However, eye infections aren't unpreventable.
To avoid infections:
Engage in great eye care. Wash, rinse and completely dry your hands thoroughly prior to taking care of your contacts.
Take out your contacts before you going to bed. This relates to extended wear contacts, as well. Although extended wear contacts are made to be worn overnight, constant wear dramatically increases the danger of eye infections.
Reduce contact with water. Remove your contact lenses in advance of taking a shower, swimming or using a jacuzzi.
Do not dampen your lenses with saliva. Avoid any temptation to put your lenses in your mouth to moisten them.
Be careful with contact lens solutions. Utilize only commercially sold, sterile items developed specifically for the kind of contact lenses you use-- not water or homemade saline solution. Dispose of the solution in the contact lens case each time you sterilize the lenses, and don't "top off" used solution that's currently in the case.
'Scrub and also wash' your contact lenses. Carefully scrub your lenses while you're cleansing them, even if you choose no-rub solution.
Watch for the expiration date. Don't use contact solution that is past the expiration day.
Replace contact lenses and also holders as recommended. Follow manufacturer standards for changing your contact lenses-- and replace your contact lens holders every 3 to six months.
Dry Eyes and contact lenses
Despite appropriate use as well as treatment, dry eyes might be an issue for contact lens wearers. If your eyes are itchy or red, take out your contact lenses and also make use of lubricating eyedrops.
If your vision ends up being blurry or you experience eye pain, sensitivity to light or any other complications, take out your contact lenses and consult your eye doctor for speedy treatment.