Contact Lens OVERVIEW Elmhurst, IL
- 40 years of experience and technology has enabled us successfully fit the most difficult cases
- All types of contacts, many priced at or below Internet prices
- Over 10,000 in stock enables same day service on most prescriptions
- Monthly / Daily disposables
- Toric lenses...for astigmatism
- Rigid gas permeable lenses
- Keratoconus fittings
- Synergyes...RGP center lens for clear vision and soft lens edges for comfortable wear
- Scleral lenses...new technology allowing contact lens wear for dry eyes
- Corneal transplant fittings
Soft Disposable Contact Lenses (Monthly or Daily replacement)
Due to their initial comfort, soft disposable contacts have become our first lens choice for many patients. are available for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and bifocals. Replacing the lenses on a frequent basis has reduced many of the complications from the past. Overwearing, stretching out the interval between changing, and poor hygeine, can still cause a serious infection.
PROFESSIONAL FITTING IS REQUIRED
To safely fit a contact lens, curvature, diameter, oxygen permeability, material and power need to be considered when prescribing a lens. Corneal topography which takes a survey of over a 1000 points on the eye to enable us to design the most precise fit. Cornea, eyelid health, and tear quality also need to be evaluated to ensure safe contact lens wear.
Corneal Topography gives the most accurate eye shape for the best contact lens fit. Minimizes complications. Increases first time fitting success. Detects any unwanted distortions or warpage which would indicate a lens change.
NOT ALL CONTACTS ARE THE SAME.
There are many different brands or designs of disposable soft contact lenses. Each manufacturer claims to be better than the next and does its best to ensure that the doctor uses their lens. Often, a lens must be worn several weeks to determine if proper, safe fit. We have NO allegiance to ANY manufacturer, and our choice of lens is not influenced by any financial incentives offered by the manufacturers. Through our tesing, we fit what is best for your eyes.
You'll be shown the correct way to insert and remove your contacts, and how to properly care for them to prevent infection and injury
INSTRUCTIONS ON INSERTION, REMOVAL, AND LENS CARE
In addition to the initial fitting, we will give you thorough instructions on lens insertion and removal, lens care and handling. This is something patients are frequently concerned about and is easily mastered with a little practice.
FOLLOW-UP CARE IS KEY TO LONG-TERM SUCCESS
Like any medical device, contact lenses must be monitored on a regular basis. Topography is taken frequently to ensure that the corneas are healthy, and are free from distortion and warpage and that the lenses fit properly. The number of follow-up visits may vary due to the complexity of the case.
Notice the bumps (dots) on the surface of this soft contact lens. This is from a patient not replacing their lenses in a timely manner. Ultimately, they will end up with an eye infection. That is why follow-up care is so important to safe, healthy contact lens wear. Photo was taken by Skowron Eye Care (SEC)
Makeup Tips for Contact Lens Wearers (see drop down)
ontact lens wear can be hindered by many factors, including one that is often overlooked – eye makeup. Here are a few tips that can lead to more successful contact lens wear.
- Avoid hair sprays and spray deodorant as the spray may go into your eyes.
- Use only water based mascara and eye makeup remover labeled hypoallergenic or for sensitive eyes.
- Avoid waterproof mascara as it contains mineral spirits and petroleum distillates which are irritating.
- Choose cream eyeshadows because they do not create particle fallout like powdered shadows.
- Put your contacts in before applying cosmetics to avoid picking up makeup residue.
- Never apply eyeliner to the inner eyelid margins as it can cause pore blockage. Soft crayon-type pencil liners are less apt to cause flaking than liquids.
- Carefully select makeup remover. A water-based product will help avoid the accumulation of grease around the eye and do an excellent job of thoroughly removing water-based mascara.
- For more makeup tips for contact lens wearers, click here.
Tips for why Soft Contact Lenses Tear (see drop down)
SPECIALY CONTACT LENSES
Rigid Gas Permeable
These newer generation of lenses have replaced the old-fashioned "hard lenses" with plastic that allows oxygen to pass through, thus the term "gas permeable". This permeability has alleviated most of the complications associated with hard lenses. Because of their rigidity, these lenses supply superb vision for those with even a large amount of astigmatism. These lenses can last up to 4 years, so the long term cost is less. RGP's are prescribed for those patient who can not obtain clear vision with glasses or soft lenses due to keratoconus or corneal transplants. Our examination will enable us to determine your success with these lenses.
Hybrid Contact Lenses
This new technology in lenses are half hard and have soft. They give the excellent vision of RGP's and provide the same initial comfort of soft lenses They are cared for similar to that of soft lenses and they are roughly the same size. Their development has kept many patients in contact lenses and has prevented many with diseased corneas from going the route of a corneal transplant.
Scleral Contact Lenses
Due to the recent advancement in manufactoring capabilities, scleral lenses are are the latest in contact lens technology. They are larger, and made from a highly oxygen permeable material. Previously, labs could not make a lens this size, with this high degree of oxygen permeability without irregularities. Because of their large size, these lenses have the same initial comfort as soft disposables. These lenses, like RGP's, are prescribed for those who can't obtain good vision with glasses or soft contacts because of warped corneas. Scleral lenses have proven to be excelant for those with very dry eye. More detailed information is under the Specialy Lenses dropdown.
Scleral lenses are larger and are fit to the sclera
Gas Permeable are smaller and are fit to the cornea
If you have any other questions please call us at (630) 984-6850 today!