Patients of all ages are able to benefit from excellent vision through contact lens correction and avoid dependence on eyeglasses. At Ophthalmic Physicians of Monmouth, our contact lens department offers our patients the most current contact lens technology available. We provide proper evaluation to determine your appropriateness as a candidate for contact lenses and recommend the correct lenses for your lifestyle, visual needs, and eye health. You can purchase your lenses directly from us. We carry all major brands and those we do not carry we will gladly order for you.
Contact Lens Fitting
The correct fit of your contact lenses is necessary to provide optimal vision, comfort and health for your eyes. As part of the fitting process, a number of measurements are taken. Because eyeglass and contact lenses are quite different in their distance from the eyes, their prescriptions are not always the same. Two of the standard tests we conduct in order to properly fit your contact lenses are:
Refraction assessment — This test helps to determine the corrective contact lens prescription which will provide your sharpest vision and also reveals whether you have the need for bifocals.
Keratometry — Measurements from this test provide information about the cornea's curvature, focusing power and whether astigmatism is present. Contact lenses come in different shapes to match the shape of your cornea.
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Contact Lens Types
The two basic types of contact lenses are hard and soft.
Today, most hard lenses are rigid gas-permeable (RGP). They hold their shape and allow oxygen to flow freely through the lenses to the cornea. These lenses may be the best choice when a soft lens will not provide sharp vision due to the level of astigmatism of the cornea (egg-shaped rather than orange-shaped) or for those who suffer allergies or who form protein deposits on their contact lenses.
Most contact wearers choose soft lenses. Soft lenses provide comfort and offer many options in the way they are worn. Our range of lenses includes the newest designs in disposable lenses including daily wear for single day use, along with weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, and quarterly planned lens replacement , including:
Bifocal (multi-focal) contact lenses are available in soft daily wear; extended wear; and rigid gas permeable materials.
Daily wear lenses are removed nightly and replaced on a personalized schedule. They should not be used as extended-wear lenses.
Disposable wear lenses are more convenient. They are removed nightly and replaced on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Disposable lenses may be recommended for people with allergies and for patients who form deposits on their lenses.
One month extended wear lenses are silicone-based and are approved to be worn for up to one month of extended, continuous wear without removal. While our physicians actively discourage patients from sleeping with their lenses, these lenses provide significantly more oxygen to the cornea with a lowered risk of infection.
Toric contact lenses correct any degree of astigmatism and are available in soft daily wear; soft extended wear; and rigid gas permeable. These lenses are a fantastic breakthrough.
Rigid gas permeable lenses (RGPs) are not the same as the older now-obsolete "hard" lenses. RGPs have flexibility and are oxygen permeable. They promote eye health, provide comfort and excellent vision, and are easy to clean and highly durable. RGPs may benefit those with astigmatism, presbyopia, or keratoconus for whom other types of lenses may not provide the desired visual acuity.
Colored lenses change the appearance of eye color.
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Contact Lens Wear
It is important to follow the schedule that the doctor provides for wearing your contact lenses. Daily wear lenses should never be worn while sleeping.
If you experience any unusual pain or discomfort, remove your lenses immediately. If symptoms persist, please call our office to have your eyes examined.
We are able to diagnose and treat eye problems that could prevent healthy lens wear and are able to correct problems that might arise during the wearing of your lenses.
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Contact Lens Care
Whenever a contact lens is removed from the eye, it should be cleaned and disinfected prior to reinsertion. The contact lens technician will talk with you about the proper cleansing system according to your type of lens, about whether your eye tends to form protein deposits, and about any allergies you may have. Care includes cleaning your contact lens case. It can be rinsed with contact lens solution and allowed stored.
Do not use homemade saline (salt water) solutions. They have been linked to serious corneal infections.
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Are Contact Lenses Right for You?
To learn if contact lenses are right for you, please ask about a contact lens evaluation appointment. This evaluation is performed in addition to your regular eye exam in order to assure correct fit, dispensing and lens care for your eye health, your comfort and your convenience.
You may reach our contact lens department by dialing our main number, 732-739-0707, and making your selection from our menu.
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