Archive for the ‘Contact Lenses’ Category

Contact Lenses Options For Over 40

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Tired of your eyeglasses? Reaching the age of wisdom does not have to involve giving up wearing contact lenses.  There are more contact lenses for presbyopia than ever before; so if you haven’t asked us about contact lenses in the past few years then you may consider asking about them again.

1. The most popular bifocal soft lenses are all designed around a concept called simultaneous vision.  This is where both the distance and near prescription is presented in front of the pupil at the same time.  Your brain determines which part of the lens to pay attention to and which part to ignore.

Bottom Line: Best overall satisfaction for maintaining “normal” vision.

2. If multifocal lenses aren’t for you then you can also consider monovision.  Monovision is where your dominant eye is corrected for distance while your non dominant eye is corrected for near.

Bottom Line: A good alternative if not successful with bifocal contact lenses.

3. Another option is correcting distance vision in contacts and relying on over the counter style reading glasses at near when needed.

Bottom Line: Best for those that want the best possible vision at distance.

Learn more and schedule an appointment today. Gray Family Vision has two greater Portland Maine locations to serve you in Gray and Windham. Since 1989, we have been serving the entire Lakes Region Area including Auburn, Casco, Bridgeton, Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, Fryeburg, Lewiston, Naples, New Gloucester, North Conway, North Yarmouth, Raymond, Sanford, and Yarmouth.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.

Can Contact Lenses Get Stuck Behind The Eye?

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Ever wonder if a contact lens can travel up behind the eye.  The simple answer is no, but it is a common misconception.  The inner lining of the eyelid is called the conjunctiva and at the back it folds back on itself and becomes the white of your eye. It is this continuous nature of the conjunctiva that does not allow a contact lens to go behind your eye.

Do you have a question about your contact lenses?  Call or schedule an eye examination at Gray Family Vision today.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.

Circle June 21 4-7 pm: Multifocal Contact Lens Open House

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Here is the scoop: We will provide free trial multifocal contact lenses along with snacks, beer, and wine.  You get to try contact lenses and if you like what you see, we will schedule a follow up appointment to complete your fitting. All successful fits will recieve a $50 discount for attending the multifocal open house!

Contact Lens Recall Expanded

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Avaira

You may have heard of the expanding contact lens recall.  It now affects approximately five million contact lenses that may be contaminated with oil residue and has been linked to blurred vision, eye injuries, and severe pain.  The brands affected by the recall are Avaira Sphere and Avaira Toric contact lenses.  No other brands are included in the recall at this time.  Feel free to call the our office (657-4488) if you have questions or concerns about your brand of lenses.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.


3 Contact Lens Options For Presbyopia

Monday, February 28th, 2011

40 Tudor Way/North Circular Road

Tired of your eyeglasses?  Here are three contact lens options for presbyopia. Reaching the age of wisdom does not have to involve giving up wearing contact lenses.  There are more contact lenses for presbyopia than ever before; so if you haven’t tried contacts in the past few years then you may consider trying them again.

1. The most popular bifocal soft lenses are all designed around a concept called simultaneous vision.  This is where both the distance and near prescription is presented in front of the pupil at the same time.  Your brain determines which part of the lens to pay attention to and which part to ignore.

Bottom Line: Best overall satisfaction for maintaining “normal” vision.

2. If multifocal lenses aren’t for you then you can also consider monovision.  Monovision is where your dominant eye is corrected for distance while your non dominant eye is corrected for near.

Bottom Line: A good alternative if not successful with bifocal contact lenses.

3. Another option is correcting distance vision in contacts and relying on over the counter style reading glasses at near when needed.

Bottom Line: Best for those that want the best possible vision at distance.

Interested in learning more?  Call to discuss your contact lens options with us today.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.

5 Contact Lens Complications and How to Avoid Them

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Contact Lens Complications

Many patients suffer from contact lens complications that are easily avoidable. Here are some of the most common complications that contact lens wearers suffer from, and how you can avoid them.

1. Corneal Edema

If you have ever fallen asleep in your contact lenses and woke up to blurred vision for a few hours then you have experienced corneal edema.

Solution: Change contact lens material to increase oxygen transmission and have a good pair of back up eyeglasses to wear before bedtime to avoid forgetting to remove your contacts.

2. Cornea Neovascularization

Visible only by your eye doctor during your examination; it is caused by over wear of contacts.  Either wearing your lenses for too many hours or by infrequent replacement of your contacts.

Solution: Change contact lens material to increase oxygen transmission, back up eyeglasses to reduce wearing time, and replacing and caring for your contacts as recommended.

3. Contact Lens Related Red Eye

More common in over night wearers, it presents with acute redness and irritation upon waking.

Solution: Change contact lens material to increase oxygen transmission, back up eyeglasses to reduce wearing time, and replacing and caring for your contact as recommended.

4. Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis

Cause by an allergic or mechanical reaction to the tarsal conjunctiva (under the upper eyelid).  More common in over night wear, contact lens over wear, and those with allergies in general.

Solution: Responds best to daily disposable contacts.

5. Infection

Multiple factors can result in infection.  The most common risk factors are over night contact lens wear, smoking, history of previous cornea scarring, and a past episode of contact lens related red eye or giant papillary conjunctivitis.

Solution: Change contact lens material to increase oxygen transmission, back up eyeglasses to reduce wearing time, and replacing and caring for your contacts as recommended.

To learn more about reducing your risk of contact lens related complications, schedule an appointment with us today.

By Dr. Cook