Contact lenses can be an exciting life change for patients with vision problems who are tired of looking at the world through the frames of a pair of glasses. Our seasoned doctors and staff will help you choose the contact lenses that are just right for your eyes. Our experienced staff will provide one-on-one personal attention and individual training to ensure that you find the perfect contact lens fitting for your eyes. Included in the contact lens fitting are the initial fitting, follow-up evaluation, and contact solutions. We offer competitive pricing and the latest in soft and gas permeable lenses, including lenses for astigmatism and bifocal contact lenses.
How to Care for Contact Lenses
The key to avoiding the irritation and infection sometimes associated with contact lens wear is proper cleaning.
There are two main types of lens care systems: heat and chemical disinfection. The appropriate choice depends on the lens type, duration of lens wear and an individual’s own biochemistry. Regardless of the type of disinfection system you choose, there are a number of common steps that must be followed.
Always wash your hands prior to handling your contact lenses.
Remove one lens and place it in the palm of your hand. Apply a few drops of a contact soap, usually called cleaning solution. Rub the soap onto both sides of the lens surface to help remove deposits, debris, protein build-up, and any bacterial film. Removing surface deposits and other debris not only contributes to improved vision and comfort but also reduces the risk of infection and allergy. Soft extended-wear contacts may be the most likely to develop a protein build-up that can lead to lens-related allergies.
After thoroughly cleaning the lens, rinse it with commercially available sterile saline solution. Homemade saline solutions have been linked to serious eye infections and should never be used.
After cleaning and rinsing, contact lenses need to be disinfected. You and your ophthalmologist will pick the best system for you, but make sure you understand the instructions and follow them. Heat and chemical disinfection methods each require several hours of disinfection time.
After disinfecting, rinse the lens with sterile saline before putting it in your eye.
Your empty contact lens case should be thoroughly rinsed with warm water and allowed to air dry. All contact lens cases need to be cleaned frequently, including disposable lens cases.
Please contact Eye Care Specialists today to schedule your contact lens fitting appointment. We serve patients in Scranton, Wilkes Barre, Kingston, and throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.