It is estimated that 45 million people in the United States wear contact lenses. Contacts can improve your eyesight, give you freedom from glasses, and even boost your self-confidence. It’s important to note that these are medical devices that must be properly fitted to your unique corneal shape and curvature – as well as your unique prescription.
At Snowy Range Vision Center, our contact lens fitting in Laramie includes a comprehensive eye exam, detailed measurements of the cornea, vision evaluation, and slit lamp exam. The goal is to provide you with comfortable lenses that promote your overall eye health and help you see more clearly. We provide detailed instructions on how to correctly insert and remove your lenses, how often to wear them, and how to clean and care for the lenses. Follow-up care is essential to ensure that your contact lenses are providing you with the fit, comfort, and vision you desire.
We offer a wide variety of lenses for patients with nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. In addition, we also offer specialty lenses for hard-to-fit eyes, keratoconus patients, post-surgery lenses and much more.
- Hard or rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses that are durable and resistant to build-up of eye deposits. For removal and care, learn more by clicking here
- Scleral lenses, a type of RGP lens, that can provide better vision for keratoconus, corneal irregularities, and dry eyes. For removal and care, learn more by clicking here
- Multifocal soft contact lenses based on newest research in myopia (nearsightedness) control
- Soft, flexible lenses for comfort. For removal and care, learn more by clicking here
- Daily disposable lenses that you wear once and discard
- Frequent replacement lenses that may need to be replaced every 2 weeks, monthly, quarterly, etc
- Multifocal lenses to provide clear up-close and distance vision, typically for people over age 40
- Cosmetic and theatrical tints to change the color of your eye
- Orthokeratology for myopia control with contacts
- Corneal refractive therapy (CRT) to correct corneal curvature
Tips for Contact Lens Care
To avoid eye infection (keratitis), proper contact lens hygiene is very important. We recommend following these steps when caring for your lenses:
- Wash your hands thoroughly before putting in your contacts
- Use high quality lens cleaning solutions to clean your contacts after each use; do not reuse cleaning solutions as it may contain bacteria – certain bacteria can live in cleaning solution for over 4 hours
- Do not use your own saliva, tap water or chlorinated water to clean your lenses; these unsterile water sources may contain millions of bacteria and microorganisms that can lead to serious infections
- Wash your lens case regularly with cleaning solution and allow it to dry before closing it
- Only sleep overnight in contacts with your doctor’s approval
- Replace your lens case every 3 months to avoid bacteria build-up
- Don’t wear contacts if your eyes are irritated or if the contact appears damaged; this can lead to infection or a scratched cornea
- Do not swim or shower in contact lenses
- Always have an extra pair of glasses to wear, in case you need to remove your contacts
If you are interested in learning more about contact lenses in Laramie for your unique eyes, please contact us today to schedule an eye exam.