Contact Lenses

Why wear contacts? Contact lenses are available for virtually all prescription types, including astigmatism and multifocals. Contacts frequently have distinct advantages over glasses. Peripheral vision is increased with contacts compared to glasses, which is important in such activities as driving a car or playing sports. Also, contacts will not fog up or slide down your nose when you sweat.

Types of Contact Lenses

Daily Disposable lenses – these contacts are a healthy and convenient option because there is no maintenance involved! You wear them once and you throw them away, there's no risk of building up deposits or bacteria. Most people believe that they cost more than other lens types, but that is usually not the case. Purchasing a year supply of dailies entitles you to large manufacturer's rebates and in-office savings, plus there's no need to purchase contact lens solutions.

Silicone Hydrogel lenses – these lenses are (1-month or 2-week) disposables and are made up of a highly breathable material allowing more oxygen to get to the eye. These lenses help prevent the eyes from feeling dry and the chance for infections is reduced compared to the lenses made of conventional (HEMA) materials. Because these lenses are so porous, some people are able to sleep in the lenses without complications (your eye doctor will indicate if it is appropriate to sleep in your contact lens brand). The risks of corneal neovascularization (blood vessels growing into the cornea) is much reduced with silicone hydrogels because the cornea is not deprived of oxygen during contact lens wear.

Colored Contacts – whether you want to change the color of your eyes completely, or just highlight your true eye color, these lenses can do the trick. You can use them on a daily basis, or just when you want to have some fun. However, they are not ideal for overnight wear.

Toric lenses (for astigmatism) – there are many different contacts available that can correct small and large amounts of astigmatism. Silicone hydrogel lenses are available in most toric prescriptions to help increase comfort and ocular health.

Multifocal lenses – this type of lens works differently than bifocal or progressive glasses. It uses a simultaneous vision design so that you can see both distance and near without having to move your eyes up or down.

Important Information About Contact Lenses

When contacts are worn and cleaned as instructed by your doctor, the risks to your eye health and vision are low, but not zero. Keep in mind that eye infections can occur in even the healthiest of eyes, and wearing contact lenses increases those chances. This is why it is imperative to have a pair of glasses in your current prescription to wear when you are unable to use your contacts.

Contact Lens Examination

A contact lens exam is done only after your annual eye health exam. The doctor will select the proper contact lens to fit your lifestyle, and then check your vision and the fit of the lenses in order to ensure minimal risk of complications. In most cases, diagnostic (or trial) lenses are used at the first visit so that you may test the contacts before purchasing a supply.

Frequently, a contact lens follow-up appointment is necessary in order to finalize your prescription. At your follow-up visit, the contacts will be re-evaluated to ensure that your vision is acceptable and the lenses are clean. If you, or the doctor, notice any problems, an adjustment will be made at that time. If all is well, your contact lens prescription will be issued. If you choose to purchase contacts with us, Costco's contact lens prices are very competitive.

Offering Trials of these Name Brand Contact Lenses

(with contact lens exam)

• Focus Dailies Aqua Comfort Plus
• Air Optix Aqua
• Air Optics Night and Day
• Air Optix Multifocal
• Biofinity
• Biofinity Toric
• Acuvue 2
• Acuvue 1-day Moist
• Acuvue Oasys
• Freshlook Colors
• and many more