Contact lenses are so commonplace today that it is easy to forget that they are medical devices regulated by the FDA. Contact lenses are available only by prescription. Before obtaining your contact lenses, you first need to have a comprehensive eye examination to evaluate the overall health of your eyes and to rule out underlying pathology. Next, the contact lens fitting will include some or all of the following:
Adhering to the instructions you receive about wearing time, replacement schedules, and care of the lenses is crucial to achieving our goal for you of problem-free contact lens wear.
After you have adapted to your new contact lenses and the fitting process is complete, our clinic staff will work with you to order and dispense your contact lenses as quickly and conveniently as possible.
To help you choose the Contact Lens Service at the LUMC Department of Ophthalmology, look further to see the range of services and solutions we offer to make you a successful contact lens patient.
Soft Contact Lenses
Approximately 80% of all contact lens wearers use soft contact lenses. These small, plastic devices cover the entire cornea when worn. The plastic polymer of the lens absorbs water which is responsible for carrying oxygen from the tear layer above the lens to the corneal surface below. This is also what helps to make it feel so comfortable on the eye! All soft contact lenses are not made the same therefore the lenses must be fit and prescribed by a licensed eye doctor. Your Loyola eye doctor will make sure that the lenses are appropriate for your eyes to avoid complications of wearing contact lenses and to ensure that you will have clear vision and years of safe, comfortable wear. Our Contact Lens Service works with and offers a variety of soft contact lens products depending on the needs of the patient and we are always bringing new technology into our practice as it becomes available. These are some of the things you might be looking for:
Gas Permeable Contact Lenses
A smaller percentage of patients wear gas permeable lenses these days, however, these lenses offer exceptional vision and comfort and are simply the right lens choice for a number of patients. Confusion still exists about "hard" contact lenses. The original polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) material for rigid contact lenses was not permeable to oxygen. Very small lens sizes and movement of the lens during a blink allowed tears to carry oxygen under the lens. The problems associated with this were averted when gas permeable materials allowed oxygen to pass directly through the lens to the cornea. So, "hard" contact lenses are no longer used. Today’s gas permeable contact lenses are comfortable, durable and offer unsurpassed quality of vision. Gas permeable contact lenses are custom fit to each individual’s eye. These lenses must be fit and prescribed by a licensed eye doctor. The art and science of fitting gas permeable contact lenses is not lost among Loyola eye doctors. When soft contact lenses are not indicated, experienced Loyola Contact Lens specialists will give you the best in gas permeable materials and designs. What you might be looking for in gas permeable contact lenses:
Specialty Contact Lenses
While most patients choose contact lenses for cosmetic purposes to get rid of glasses, contact lenses are medically necessary for others. This means their best visual acuity can only be found through well-fit contact lenses and not from glasses. Our contact lens specialists are experienced with all of these complicated conditions including:
Contact Lens Complications
The successful contact lens patient wears properly fit contact lenses, adheres to the wearing and replacement schedule recommended, cleans their lenses daily and maintains regular follow-up care with their eye doctor. Contact lenses are safe and effective and when worn properly offering years of problem-free, quality vision. Because these small plastic devices interact with the living tissue of our eyes, however, complications can arise. The most serious of these is infection. Eye discomfort or pain, redness, blurred vision, and light sensitivity that persist after contact lenses are removed are warning signs of a problem that requires immediate attention. The LUMC Department of Ophthalmology has eye doctors on call 24 hours a day to provide urgent care to deal with these complications.
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