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Mon - Wed: 8:30am to 5:30pm
Thurs: 8:30am to 6:00pm
Fri: 8:30am to 12:30pm

1414 W 12th Street
Hastings, NE 68901  (402) 462-9191

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Contacts and Solutions

Contact Lenses

Frequent Replacement Soft Lenses
These lenses are similar to the old design conventional soft lenses except they are replaced more frequently. Oftentimes, they are worn for one-month periods and then replaced. Like conventional soft lenses, they have to be cleaned and stored at night.

One day Disposable Soft Lenses
These lenses are similar to the old design conventional soft lenses except they are replaced more frequently. Oftentimes, they are worn for one-month periods and then replaced. Like conventional soft lenses, they have to be cleaned and stored at night.

Bifocal Soft Lenses
Recent technology has greatly improved bifocal soft lenses. Many patients past their 40s who need bifocals can now enjoy the comfort and benefits of soft contact lenses.

Toric Soft Lenses
Toric lenses are used to correct astigmatism. Astigmatism is a vision condition where an irregularly shaped cornea affects the vision. In the past, the only options for those with astigmatism were either glasses or hard gas permeable contact lenses. But toric lenses, which are lenses with a special shape, now offer an alternative. There are several types of toric lenses to choose from.

Extended Wear Soft Lenses
We do not recommend sleeping in your contact lenses and wearing them on an extended schedule. Even though these lenses are advertised on television research consistently demonstrates that the risks of serious eye infections go up when contacts are worn on an extended basis. To reduce the risk of eye health problems we recommend removing the contacts in the eveing and wearing glasses for several hours every day.

Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Lenses
As the name implies, these lenses are hard and gas permeable. If you’ve been told you cannot wear soft lenses, RGP lenses are often a great alternative. RGP lenses are available in specialized designs to correct just about any vision disorder.

Soft-Rigid combination lenses
Synergeyes brand lenses have a gas permeable center and soft sleeve. This type of lens helps us fit a number of “difficult to fit lenses “.

Solutions

There are a variety of solutions available from many different manufacturers. The important thing to remember is that not every solution is right for every type of contact lens. The new higher oxygen lenses are especially sensitive to the type of solution used. In the office we will recommend the type of solution to use with your contact lenses.

Caring For Your Contacts

Deposits and infectious organisms such as bacteria, viruses--etc., can build up on the surface of all contact lenses. For this reason, it is very important to keep them clean and disinfected. This is one of the great advantages of the one day disposable lenses.

There are four steps in contact lens care--follow the care prescribed for your lenses:

1.  Cleaning removes dirt, mucous, and other debris that gets on the lenses during wear.
2.  Disinfecting kills bacteria (germs) on the lenses. Disinfecting is essential to prevent serious eye infections.
3.  Rinsing removes the other solutions from the lenses and prepares the lenses for wear.
4.  Enzyming uses enzyme drops or tablets to remove protein and other deposits that build up over time on the lenses.

The best way to properly care for your lenses is to develop a care routine, then stick to that routine! Remember to:

1. Follow the directions outlined by your eye doctor. Oftentimes instructions are also listed on the packaging or the package insert for the contact lens solutions prescribed for you.
2.  Multi-purpose solutions can be used for more than one step in contact lens care. Read the label to see which functions the solutions can be used for.
3.  Many solutions can not be used together, and not all solutions are appropriate for all types of lenses. Only use solutions recommended by your eye doctor, and check with your eye doctor if you want to switch brands.
4.  When you remove your lenses, they must be cleaned, rinsed, and disinfected before they are worn again.
5.  Enzyming and cleaning are not a substitute for disinfecting.
6.  Lenses that have been stored for more than 12 hours may need to be cleaned, disinfected, and rinsed again.
7.  Make sure solution containers are kept closed tightly, stored upright, and kept in a clean, dry, cool place when you are not using them. Store the lens case in a room other than the bathroom.
8.  Don’t touch container bottle tips to any surface to prevent them from becoming contaminated.
9.  Throw away expired solutions. (Look on the bottle for the expiration date!)
10.  Use new solution in your contact lenses case every day and do not top off the solution.
11.  Discuss with your eye doctor the care for your lenses if you wear them while swimming in a pool or hot tub.
12.  Only use approved rewetting drops for lubricating or wetting your lenses. Never place the lenses in your mouth.
13.  Do not use tap water to rinse contact lenses.
14.  Be careful with makeup, lotions, creams and sprays--consider putting on lenses before makeup and remove them before removing makeup. Also, water-based makeup is less likely to damage lenses than oil-based makeup.

Here’s what you need to watch for: Redness, blurriness, light sensitivity. Remove your lenses if you are experiencing any of these 3 things. If you have any change in vision, comfort, or irritation, immediately remove your lenses. If there is no improvement within a couple of hours, please contact our office.

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