About Contact Lenses
The Doctors at EyeCare Specialties of Minnesota excel at fitting contact lenses that provide optimum vision, comfort and reliability, while maintaining the health of your eyes. Whether you’re nearsighted, farsighted, have astigmatism, or wear multifocal lenses, we’ve got you covered. We want you to have the best contact lens experience possible.
Considering contacts but nervous about using them? Our doctors are contact experts who provide one-on-one training to new contact lens wearers — you’ll be a pro contact user in no time.
With our experience and latest lens technology, the Doctors at EyeCare Specialties of Minnesota can provide contact lenses for nearly every vision and lifestyle need, including: soft daily wear, soft extended wear, disposable, lenses that enhance or change eye color, soft lenses for astigmatism, bifocal, multifocal, mono vision, rigid gas permeable, custom lenses, and hybrid lenses for keratoconus. For a perfect fit and great contact lens experience, EyeCare Specialties of Minnesota is your go-to place.
Specialized Contact Lenses
The doctors at EyeCare Specialties of Minnesota fit a variety of contact lenses, including, soft contacts, disposable daily wear, multifocal, bifocal and rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses. Most patients can comfortably wear contact lenses to correct their vision. However, there are a significant number of patients that require specialized contact lenses. We incorporate established expertise with the newest technologies to fit custom contact lenses, including toric, bi-toric, scleral lenses and lenses for Ortho-k. At EyeCare Specialties of Minnesota we strive to provide our patients with lenses that fit their individual needs. Whether you wear conventional contact lenses or advanced customized contact lenses our goal is to deliver clear, comfortable vision.
Specialty and Customized Contact Lenses
Scleral Contact Lenses: Advanced Comfort and Clarity
Scleral lenses may be used to improve vision and reduce pain and light sensitivity for people suffering from a number of disorders or injuries to the eye, such as patients which Dry Eye Syndrome, Graft vs. Host disease, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, Microphthalmia, Keratoconus, Corneal Ectasia, Aniridia, Neurotrophic Keratopathy / Keratitis (anesthetic corneas). Patients who cannot close their eyes completely can experience improved comfort with the use of Scleral lenses.
Scleral lenses have been highly successful for patients with post-LASIK / RK / PRK, corneal transplant and pellucid degeneration complications. Injuries to the eye such as surgical complications, chemical and burn injuries also may be corrected with the use of scleral lenses.
Scleral lenses are custom fit to address the patient’s individual needs. EyeCare Specialties of Minnesota provides established expertise and innovative technology to fit this highly precise lens. Scleral lenses offer clarity and comfort for patients who have been previously told they were not good candidates for contacts or who have been unsuccessful with other types of contact lenses.
If you suffer from dry eye, sensitive eyes, a medical condition or injury ask the doctors of EyeCare Specialties of Minnesota if the large diameter scleral lenses are right for you.
Orthokeratology (Ortho-k) / Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT)
Orthokeratology (Ortho-k) also known as Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) is the number one choice for myopia control in children and adults. Ortho-k/CRT is a process of fitting specially designed gas permeable contact lenses that the patient wears overnight. While the patient sleeps the lenses gently reshape the front surface of the eye (cornea) so the patient can see clearly without lenses during the day.
Several studies have shown that Ortho-k/CRT lenses can slow the rate of progression of myopia (nearsightedness) in children. Many parents are choosing an Ortho-k/CRT treatment regime to decrease the rate of progression of childhood myopia, eliminating for glasses or contact lenses.
Ortho-k is also a great benefit for swimmers, athletes and patients who are around dust, pollen or other eye irritants. We invite you to schedule an appointment with the doctors at Memorial Eye Center to see if Ortho-k/CRT is the right choice for you or your child. Ortho-k/CRT is a great alternative for patients who want clear vision without surgery. For more information click here.
Contact Lens Tips
Wearing contact lenses will increase your risk of eye infections. All types of contact lenses reduce the amount of oxygen that reaches your eyes, which can promote infection. Proper cleaning and disinfection of your contact lenses is very important. Here are some tips:
- Always wash, rinse and dry your hands thoroughly before handling your contacts
- Use multipurpose contact lens solutions with caution. While combination cleaning-disinfectant-storage solutions are convenient. If a solution has become discolored, do not use it. Discoloration might mean that the product is out of date or contaminated. To enhance the cleaning performance of the solution, gently rubbing the lenses for a few seconds.
- If you have daily wear contacts make sure to take them out before you go to sleep. Infections are more common if you extend the wear of your contacts.
- Follow your eye-care professional’s instructions for taking care of your lenses. Use only sterile products that are commercially prepared specifically for contact lens care, and make sure you use lens-care products formulated for the type of lenses you wear.
- Replace your contact lenses as recommended. If one or both lenses bother you before you’re due to replace them, get them checked or try a new set — if you have a supply.
- Replace your contact lens case every three to six months.
- Rinse your contact lens case every time the lenses are disinfected. Don’t “top off” old solution that’s already in the case.
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