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Wearing Colored Contact Lenses This Halloween? Beware and Take Care!

Countless adults, teens and even children will be wearing colored contact lenses this Halloween, but few are aware of the risks involved. Ever wondered what those cat-eye contacts are doing to your eyes? If you got them without a prescription, beware of health complications.

Enjoy a safe and happy Halloween by educating yourself and others about the dangers of wearing colored contact lenses without a prescription.

Why Can Over-The-Counter Colored Contact Lenses Cause Eye Damage?

Contact lenses made to change one’s appearance go by many names: cosmetic, theatrical, Halloween, circle, decorative, colored, or costume contact lenses. While it’s illegal to sell colored contact lenses without a prescription, authorities rarely enforce the law — which means they’re still accessible in many places.

Many people believe that wearing non-prescription color contact lenses can cause no harm. This unfortunate myth has led to many contact lens complications. For instance, when a person feels that a contact lens is “dry”, it could be because the lens is not a good fit. Ideally, the lens should follow the contour of the eye, and stay centered, with enough lens movement to allow tear exchange beneath the lens. 

Furthermore, non-medical colored contact lenses are often produced by unlicensed manufacturers that tend to use inferior plastic and toxic materials, such as lead (often used in lens coloring), which can get absorbed through the eyes into the bloodstream. These illegal lenses may also contain high levels of bacteria from unsanitary packaging, shipping, and storage conditions.

Therefore, purchasing any kind of contact lenses without a prescription or medical oversight can result in a variety of eye complications, such as corneal abrasions, eye sores, conjunctivitis, other eye infections, vision impairment and, in rare cases, even permanent vision loss. 

Even if you have perfect vision, all contact lenses, including colored contacts, require a prescription and proper fitting by an optometrist.

Contact us at Cove Eyecare and make an appointment with Dr. Micheline Young to get properly examined for a contact lens prescription. 

The Dos and Don’ts of Colored Contact Lenses

  • DO make sure you undergo a comprehensive eye exam by an optometrist who will measure your eyes and properly fit you for contact lenses.  
  • DO get a valid prescription that includes the measurements, expiration date and the contact lens brand name.
  • DO purchase the decorative contact lenses from a reliable retailer (hint: they should demand a prescription.)
  • DO follow the contact lens hygiene directives (cleaning, inserting and removing lenses) provided by your eye doctor. 
  • DO make sure to undergo follow-up eye exams as directed by your eye care professional.
  • DON’T ever share contact lenses with anyone else.

So don’t let an eye infection get in the way of your fun this Halloween. Wearing decorative lenses without a valid prescription can result in serious harm to your eyes, which can haunt you long after October 31st.  

Get your comprehensive eye exam and contact lens fitting by an eye doctor in Copperas Cove at Cove Eyecare.

Bausch & Lomb Lenses

Pure Vision 2HD

  • Killeen TX contact lenses Pure Vision 2HDDesigned to reduce halos and glare and deliver the clear, crisp vision that you should demand.
  • High oxygen transmission for bright, healthy eyes
  • Thin lens design, yet remarkably easy to handle

Outstanding Comfort
The thin lens design of PureVision2 contact lenses provides a remarkably natural feel and supports wearing comfort throughout the day. The moisture-rich packaging solution supports comfort on insertion.

Exceptional Visual Quality

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Soflens Daily Disposable

Killeen TX contact lenses SofLens Daily Disposable
Outstanding all-day Comfort
SofLens daily disposable lenses achieve a high level of comfort through ComfortMoist Technology – our unique lens design and innovative packaging solution. The lens design is exceptionally thin, allowing for a remarkably natural feel on the eye. The slow-release packaging solution creates a cushion of moisture around the lenses – keeping your eyes comfortable all day through the end of the day.

Killeen TX contact lenses

Crisp, clear vision, especially at night
SofLens is the first daily disposable lens with High Definition Optics – a technology that helps reduce the appearance of blurriness, halos, and glare across a full range of conditions. The result is crisp, clear vision no matter the time or place, and especially in low-light situations. Description: Soflens daily disposable difference

Pure Vision 2HD For Astigmatism

Killeen TX contact lenses PureVision For AstigmatismIncredible Vision

  • Reduces halos and glare so you can enjoy remarkably crisp, clear vision even in low light
  • Breakthrough design made specifically for people with astigmatic eyes

Amazing Stability

  • Delivers uninterrupted vision at all times for majority of patients
  • Reduces blur and haziness that can be associated with sudden movements

Outstanding Comfort

  • Moisture-rich packaging solution designed to provide outstanding comfort upon insertion
  • Remarkably thin lens design which provides a natural feel to support comfort throughout the day

Killeen TX contact lenses SofLens Toric for AstigmatismSoflens Toric for Astigmatism

  • Delivers clear, stable vision
  • Time-tested, deposit resistant material for excellent comfort
  • Provides accurate, stable fit · Visibility tint for easy handling

Pure Vision Multi-Focal

  • The world’s #1 multifocal design for people with presbyopia
  • All-Distance Optics™ allow you to see clearly near, far and in-between
  • Comfort-enhancing AerGel™ material repels debris and stays moist all day
  • Allows natural levels of oxygen for healthy, white eyes
  • Designed to provide 30 days of excellent vision and comfort – easy to remember to replace them once a month

Killeen TX contact lenses SofLens MultifocalSoflens Multi- Focal

  • #1 multi-focal design for people with presbyopia
  • Time-tested, deposit resistant material for excellent comfort
  • Easy handling and adaptation

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We also carry Coppervision Contact Lenses in our Copperas Cove optometrist office. Located near Killeen, TX.

Vistakon / Acuvue Contact Lenses

  • Acuvue Moist contact lenses in Killeen TX
  • Acuvue Advance contact lenses in Killeen TX
  • Acuvue Oasys contact lenses in Killeen TX
  • Acuvue TruEye contact lenses in Killeen TX

1 Day Acuvue TruEye contact lenses in Killeen TX1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye®Brand Contact Lenses

  • Introducing 1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® Brand – an innovative contact lens designed to help maintain the natural state of the eye. It's the first and only daily disposable lens made with a super-breathable silicone hydrogel material.
  • Help keep your eyes as healthy and comfortable as nature intended with 1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® Brand.
  • Enjoy brighter, whiter eyes because 1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® Brand allows your eyes to breathe almost as if you were not wearing lenses at all.
  • Enjoy exceptional comfort with 1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® Brand because unique HYDRACLEAR® 1 Technology provides an ultra-smooth and wettable contact lens.
  • Enjoy the convenience and hygiene of wearing a fresh, new lens every day.
  • Enjoy the highest level of ultraviolet (UV) protection available in a daily disposable contact lens.‡

1 Day Acuvue Moist contact lenses in Killeen TX1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® Brand Contact Lenses

  • 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® Brand Contact Lenses are one of the healthiest and most convenient ways to wear contact lenses; wear them one day so they’re always fresh and comfortable with no cleaning or hassles.
  • 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® Brand is the only daily disposable lens with LACREON® Technology that locks in a moisture-rich ingredient, for a fresh lens feeling and excellent end-of day comfort.
  • These lenses are visibility tinted and have an inside-out mark for easy handling.
  • Class II UV protection on average blocks 82% of UV-A radiation and 97% of UV-B radiation from the sun.‡

Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism contact lenses in Killeen TX1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® Brand Contact Lenses for ASTIGMATISM

  • Introducing 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® Brand Contact Lenses for ASTIGMATISM- clear, stable vision with the comfort and convenience of a daily disposable lens.
  • 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® Brand for ASTIGMATISM gives you clear and comfortable vision from the moment you put them in, to the moment you toss them at the end of the day.
  • 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® Brand for ASTIGMATISM BLINK STABILIZED™ Design helps keep your vision clear and stable all day long- even for people with an active lifestyle.
  • 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® Brand is the only daily disposable lens with LACREON® Technology that locks in a moisture-rich ingredient, for a fresh lens feeling and excellent end-of day comfort.
  • Class II UV protection on average blocks 82% of UV-A radiation and 97% of UV-B radiation from the sun.‡

Acuvue Oasys Hydraclear Plus contact lenses in Killeen TXACUVUE® OASYS® Brand Contact Lenses with HYDRACLEAR® PLUS Technology

  • ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand delivers exceptional comfort that lasts throughout the day, and feels almost like wearing no lens at all.
  • ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand provides an ultra-smooth, soft surface, and helps your eyes retain their natural moisture.
  • ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand features the next generation HYDRACLEAR® PLUS Technology that can keep eyes comfortable all day long.
  • ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand delivers crisp, clear vision all day long.
  • These lenses are visibility tinted and have an inside-out mark for easy handling.
  • Offers the highest UV-A and UV-B protection available in a contact lens, Class 1 Protection.‡

Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism contact lenses in Killeen TXACUVUE® OASYS® Brand Contact Lenses for ASTIGMATISM

  • Experience crisp, clear vision all day long with ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand for ASTIGMATISM.
  • ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand for ASTIGMATISM has a breakthrough BLINK STABILIZED™ Design that harnesses the power of every blink to help keep vision consistent and clear- even for people with an active lifestyle.
  • ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand for ASTIGMATISM leverages the exclusive HYDRACLEAR® PLUS Technology – the next generation of HYDRACLEAR® with even more smoothness and breathability.
  • Enjoy all the benefits of ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand, also available for astigmatism.
  • Offers the highest UV-A and UV-B protection available in a contact lens, Class 1 Protection.‡

Acuvue advance plus with hydraclear contact lenses in Killeen TXACUVUE® ADVANCE® PLUS Brand Contact Lenses

  • Introducing ACUVUE® ADVANCE® Plus Brand Contact Lenses – This innovative lens features HYDRACLEAR® Technology for exceptional comfort and all day fresh feeling.
  • ACUVUE® ADVANCE® PLUS Brand is offered in a new, 24-lens package making it easier to get your annual supply at an affordable price.
  • Offers the highest UV-A and UV-B protection available in a contact lens, Class 1 Protection.‡

ACUVUE® ADVANCE® Brand Contact Lenses with HYDRACLEAR® Technology

  • Experience all-day comfort with patented HYDRACLEAR® Technology.
  • These lenses are visibility tinted and have an inside-out mark for easy handling.

Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism contact lenses in Copperas Cove TXACUVUE® ADVANCE® Brand Contact Lenses for ASTIGMATISM

  • ACUVUE® ADVANCE® Brand for ASTIGMATISM provides outstanding comfort and vision for people with Astigmatism.
  • Experience all-day comfort with patented HYDRACLEAR® Technology.
  • Exclusive BLINK STABILIZED™ Design in ACUVUE® ADVANCE® Brand for ASTIGMATISM helps keep lenses stable which results in consistently clear and comfortable vision.
  • These lenses are visibility tinted for easy handling.

We also carry Bausch & Lomb Contact lenses in Copperas Cove, TX! Also serving Killeen, TX.

Disposable Contacts

Disposable contact lenses are extremely popular these days. As an alternative to hard lenses of the past and rigid gas permeable lenses of today, they are generally considered to be far superior in comfort and wearability. They come in many different varieties, and it is important to know which is best for you. Below, your trusted optometrists near Killeen, TX give you a brief explanation of some of the major types of disposable contact lenses on the market today.

Bi-Weekly and Monthly Contact Lenses

Monthly and bi-weekly disposable contact lenses require more upkeep than daily disposables, requiring daily cleaning and storage in proper contact lens solution. They are, however, more economical overall, since less material goes into making them and you do not have to buy contact lenses as often. Additionally, monthly and bi-weekly contact lenses offer the possibility of extended wear, which allows up to 30 days of continuous day and night contact lens wear, without the necessity of taking them out.

Daily Disposables

Although more expensive than monthly and bi-weekly contacts, daily disposable contact lenses are an increasingly popular alternative, because they offer the same crystal clear vision, without the need to ensure proper storage and cleaning at the end of each day. Daily disposables allow contact lens wearers the ability to simply throw away each day's pair of contacts before bed, and open a brand new pair the very next day to enjoy the benefits and comfort of clean, clear, crisp contact lenses. Dangerous calcium or hairspray deposits, normally associated with bi-weekly and monthly contact lenses, are no longer an issue, and the chances of developing contact lens-related eye infections, normally associated with monthly and bi-weekly contact lenses, become almost a non-issue.

Many disposable contact lenses, of all varieties, also offer tints and colors that may accent your natural eye color or change your eye color altogether. Those with Presbyopia normally would need to have bi-weekly or monthly contacts, although new daily disposable options are also beginning to emerge. For more information, speak with your Copperas Cove and Killeen TX-eye doctor at Cove Eyecare today.

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We also stock Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses in Killeen and Copperas Cove, TX. Call today and book an eye exam and contact lens fitting.


Contact Lenses

eye care, contact lenses in Copperas Cove, TX

Your Killeen, TX eye doctors at Cove Eyecare carry most contact lens prescriptions in stock for immediate delivery from all the top brands like Acuvue, Air Optix, FreshLook Colors, Baush & Lomb and more. A good contact lens fit starts with a thorough eye exam to ensure the most up-to-date prescription and rule out any  pre-existing conditions that could interfere with contact lens wear.

We will determine the best fitting lens based on your lifestyle needs, the shape and health of your eye. In most cases, you'll have the opportunity to try lenses on the same day as your exam. You can even go home with a few samples before making a final decision.

 

We follow up the initial fitting and then make any necessary changes in fit or materials to get you the best possible fit. We teach all our patients proper contact lens care and also possible consequences if proper care is not taken. Then we continue with long-term follow-up to monitor the condition of the lenses and to ensure that proper hygiene is being maintained.

Toric Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a condition that is caused by an irregular shape of the cornea – the clear part of the eye that covers the iris and the pupil. The cornea is usually smooth, round, and spherical but in an astigmatic eye, the cornea turns into a shape that is not spherical and develops a second curve. One of the primary duties of the cornea is to focus light onto the retina which enables you to see clearly. When the cornea is out of shape and develops two curves, this created two focal points therefore causing blurred vision.

The irregular shape of the eye makes it hard for traditional contact lenses to fit and provide clear vision and therefore requires specialized contact lenses such as toric lenses or rigid gas permeable lenses (RGPs).

What are Toric Contact Lenses?

Toric contact lenses are designed to correct astigmatism and custom made to fit the eye of the patient. Rather than having a perfectly spherical surface like standard contact lenses, toric lenses have a more oblong shape made to accommodate the shape of the astigmatic eye. Toric lenses can be made of either soft or rigid gas permeable (RGP or GP) lens material, however the soft toric lenses are more common.

Toric contact lenses are also designed in such a way that the lenses stay in place on the eye to maintain proper vision. Sometimes as the eye moves or blinks the lens can rotate considerably on the eye. If this rotation continues with a soft toric lens, a rigid gas permeable lens might be more effective. Rigid gas permeable lenses have a longer initial adjustment time, but once this has passed they are usually just as comfortable as soft contact lenses and they are often easier to care for.

Toric lenses are available in every wearing schedule from daily disposable to long-term wear. In some cases you may even find colored toric contact lenses. Due to the customization required, toric lenses tend to be more expensive and may take more laboratory time to make than traditional lenses.

If you have astigmatism, finding the right fit for your contact lenses is essential. Speak to your eye doctor in Killeen and Copperas Cove today for a full assessment to determine which type of toric lenses will work best for you to help you see and feel your best.

We carry Sunglasses too! Come check out our wide variety of styles and brands at your next eye exam in Copperas Cove TX!

Contact Lenses for the “Hard-to-Fit” Patient

It is not uncommon for patients to have difficulty wearing contact lenses for a number of reasons. Due to the individual eye shape, certain conditions or impairments or the aftermath of surgery, some patients are considered to be “hard to fit” as contact lens wearers.

For hard to fit patients that prefer to wear contact lenses however, there are options available that can provide comfortable and effective contact lens wear. This will require a specialized fitting with an eye doctor that is an expert that knows your condition and the various products available to find the right match for your specific condition.  You may be considered a hard to fit contact lens candidate if you have one of the following conditions:

  • Dry Eyes
  • Astigmatism
  • Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)
  • Keratoconus
  • Pellucid Marginal Degeneration
  • Post-LASIK or other refractive surgery
  • Presbyopia (reduced near vision common in individuals aged 40 and over).
  • Corneal Scarring

Dry Eyes and Contact Lenses

Dry Eye Syndrome causes your eyes to feel dry, gritty, burning, red, and irritated.  Dry Eye Syndrome can also cause blurred vision. Often these symptoms can sometimes worsen by the use of contacts. In fact, many people who do not normally suffer from chronic dry eyes, will experience some of these symptoms as a result of contact lens wear.

First of all, if you have chronic dry eyes, you should see your eye doctor for treatment and relief before you think about contact lenses. Once your dry eyes are treated, it is safe to try contacts and there are a number of options that can be considered.

Many brands of soft contacts and products such as disinfectant and cleansing solutions are made with ingredients that are designed to be more comfortable for individuals with dry eyes. Your eye doctor will be able to recommend some of these brands and products to you. Alternatively, gas permeable (GP) or rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses are made with a hard material that in some cases does not dry out like soft lenses and they are able to hold a certain amount of moisture beneath the lens to keep the eye from drying out. Gas permeable lenses are a very good option and can be quite comfortable for individuals with dry eyes.

Additionally, your doctor might recommend a specific wearing schedule such as limiting the time you wear your contacts throughout the day or replacing your contacts on a more frequent basis.

Toric Lenses for Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a condition that causes blurred vision (in some cases double vision) because rather than being round, the front of the eye (the cornea) has two curves instead of one, therefore, having two focal points instead of one. This makes it hard for traditional contact lenses to fit and therefore requires specialized contact lenses such as toric lenses or rigid gas permeable lenses (RGPs).

Toric contact lenses are designed to correct astigmatism and custom made to fit the eye of the patient. Most are made of soft material designed to stay in place on the eye, however in some cases, when the rotation of the lens (due to blinking and eye movement) can’t be stopped, gas permeable lenses might be tried. Due to the customization and more complicated fitting process required for these lenses, they are more expensive and take more time for the contact lens laboratory to make than traditional lenses.

Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC) and Contact Lenses

GPC is a type of conjunctivitis in which the inner surface of the eyelid becomes swollen.  The condition can be caused or worsened by a buildup of protein deposits on contact lenses.  Your eye doctor may either recommend daily disposable lenses or RGP lenses (which are not water based) and therefore do not have a tendency for protein buildup.  Your doctor may also prescribe medicated eye drops and require you to stop the use of contact lenses until the symptoms improve.

Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) or Gas Permeable (GP) Lenses

Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) also known as Gas Permeable (GP) lenses are effective for many hard to fit patients.  The hard, oxygen permeable material lets the eye breathe and significantly reduces the chance of infection due to protein deposits which tend to harbor bacteria on soft lenses.  RGPs also hold moisture under the lens to keep eyes from drying out.

Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Lenses for Keratoconus

Keratoconus is a condition in which the cornea thins and bulges forward into a cone shape.  Traditional contact lenses may cause some discomfort in these patients and the vision may still be blurry therefore RGPs are often used for treatment for mild, moderate, and some severe cases.  Rigid gas permeable lenses may help to slow down the cone shape from worsening in some cases. Further, RGPs are able to assist in vision correction for keratoconus which is often not possible with soft contacts or even eyeglasses.

Post-LASIK or Vision Correction (Refractive) Surgery in Copperas Cove

While LASIK surgery has a very high success rate, there are vision complications and symptoms that sometimes remain.  Night vision after LASIK, in particular, can sometimes give you side effects such as glare or halos around lights.  RGPs are often effective in helping with these side effects and restoring clear vision.

Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses for Presbyopia

Presbyopia is a common condition in those people usually over 40 years old iin which the eyes’ ability to focus on close objects is impaired. Many people keep a pair of bifocal or multifocal glasses on hand for times when they have to read menus, newspapers, books, and other objects that require near vision.  For those that prefer contact lenses over eyeglasses, bifocal and multifocal contact lenses are an option.

For some patients that have presbyopia and need correction for distance vision as well, one option is monovision.  Monovision is a contact lens fitting process in which you wear a contact lens in one eye for distance vision and the other contact lens of your other eye for near vision.  Another option is multifocal contact lenses.  In this contact lens fitting process, both eyes are usually fit for distance vision and both eyes are used for near at the same time.  Both contact lens fitting options usually take about one week for the brain and the eyes to adjust.

If you have one of these conditions or find contact lens wear difficult for another reason, speak to your Copperas Cove and Killeen eye doctor at Cove Eyecare. As technology improves there are more and more options for hard to fit contact lens patients to benefit from the comfort and convenience of contact lens use.

Gas Permeable (GP) Contact Lenses

Gas Permeable (GP) or Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) contact lenses are an alternative to soft contact lenses that are made from a hard, oxygen permeable material.  GP lenses are currently less popular than soft lenses but offer a number of advantages and are continuing to improve as research and technology advance.

GP contacts are made of a firm plastic material which allows the passage of oxygen through the lens to your cornea and the front surface of your eye - essentially allowing your eye to “breathe”. This increases comfort, health and safety during contact lens wear.

Benefits of GP or RGP Contact Lenses

Because of the strong material and the ability to diffuse oxygen, GP lenses offer a number of advantages over soft contact lenses.

Health and Hygiene Benefits:

Unlike soft lenses, GPs don’t contain water which makes them less likely to attract and breed bacteria that can cause eye infections. Further protein deposits won’t build up on the lens, keeping them cleaner and healthier.

Because they are made with a strong durable material, GP lenses won’t tear and are easy to clean and disinfect.  RGPs maintain their firm shape and will not dehydrate.  Further GPs last longer than soft lenses - when cared for properly, a pair can last a year or more.

Comfort

GP contact lenses are custom made for each patient based on the eye’s individual curvature, size, corneal shape. Their ability to transmit oxygen reduces eye problems such as dry eyes caused by reduced oxygen that are common in many brands of soft lenses or hard (non-GP) lenses.

GP lenses have a smaller diameter than soft contacts, meaning that they cover less of the surface of your eye. While this may take some time getting used to initially, ultimately many find that they are just as if not more comfortable than soft contacts.

Better Vision

Due to the rigid material, GPs have a smooth surface and maintain their shape, moving along with the eye to hold their place.  This provides sharp and stable vision. Further they do not dehydrate, which is often a cause for reduced vision with other lenses.

Cost

Because they last so long, GPs are much more cost effective than soft lenses, especially disposable lenses that require a constant supply. Because they are made to order, there is an initial cost investment and they will take up to a week to manufacture if you do need a replacement pair.

GPs for Astigmatism

GP lenses are ideal for individuals with astigmatism that may have been told that they cannot wear soft contacts. Because of the rigid nature of the lens, they hold their shape on the eye allowing for more clear and stable vision correction.

Adapting to GP lenses

One of the downsides of GP contact lenses is that they require an adaptation period, particularly if you are used to soft lenses with a larger diameter.  One of the major differences is an experience of “lens awareness” in which you feel the edge of the lens when you blink. It could take up to a few weeks to get used to the lenses but many people report that after this initial period they find that GP lenses are just as if not more comfortable than soft lens varieties.

GP Lenses for Myopia Control and Ortho-K

Research shows that gas permeable lenses might be effective in slowing the progression or worsening of myopia or nearsightedness, particularly in children. They are also used in Orthokeratology (ortho-k), a vision correcting procedure in which you wear the lenses at night to reshape your cornea for improved vision during the day.

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If you have tried contact lenses in the past and found them uncomfortable, your Copperas Cove and Killeen eye doctors can help! Ask us about Contact Lenses for the “Hard-to-Fit” Patient.

Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses

If you are over 40 and have difficulty seeing close up, you probably have a common age-related condition called presbyopia which is when the eye’s natural lens loses the ability to focus on close objects. Presbyopia is a natural process as the eye ages and affects the majority of people from age 40 and upward.  Individuals with presbyopia are often familiar with the need to hold reading materials such as newspapers an arm’s length away from their eyes in order to see clearly, yet reading glasses with bifocal or multifocal (progressive) lenses can help.

Fortunately for those who don’t like the look, feel or inconvenience of reading glasses, there is another option. Bifocal and multifocal lenses are also available in contact lenses in both soft and Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) varieties.

Multifocal contact lenses give you added freedom over glasses and they allow you to be able to view any direction - up, down and to the sides - with similar vision. People wearing progressive lenses in glasses on the other hand have to look over their glasses if they want to view upwards or into the distance.

The Difference Between Bifocal and Multifocal Lenses

Just as the name indicates, bifocal lenses are divided into two distinct segments for different vision powers, the first for distance vision and the second for near vision.  This enables you to clearly switch your focus from near to far as needed, but your vision will not necessarily be clear in between. The term multifocal lenses can refer to any lenses with multiple powers including bifocals, trifocals or progressive lenses. Non-bifocal multifocal lenses have a range of powers that enable you to constantly adjust your focus to see clearly from up close to far and in between.

Multifocal contact lenses are generally designed in one of two ways, as either simultaneous vision lenses or alternating vision lenses.

Simultaneous vision lenses

The most popular version of multifocal contact lenses, simultaneous vision lenses present the distance and near vision zones of the lens at the same time.  Typically after a short adjustment period your eyes learn to utilize the segment of the lens that they need to focus on the desired object and essentially ignore the other.

They come in two designs:

  • Concentric ring design: In the most basic form these are bifocal lenses that are comprised of a central circular area of one power with a ring around of the alternate power, similar to a bulls-eye.  In this design the power of the rings (either near or distance vision is interchangeable).  For intermediate viewing (18-24 inches away) extra rings can be added to create a trifocal or multifocal lens.  The width of each ring is variable depending on the power that is needed most and the edges of the rings can be blended for a smooth transition of focus, similar to progressive eyeglass lenses.
  • Aspheric design: These multifocal lenses attempt to provide a natural vision experience by blending many lens powers across the surface and center of the lens. In this design both distance and near vision power are located in the central visual area and your eyes will adapt to focus on the area needed to view what you are looking at.

Translating or Alternating Vision lenses

Similar to bifocal eyeglass lenses, these contacts are divided into distinct areas or zones and your pupil will move to the desired zone depending on your vision needs. Typically the top of the lens, which is what you look through when looking straight ahead is for distance vision and the bottom area (what you look through when you look down) is for near vision. However, this can be reversed according to unique vision needs.

Since contact lenses sometimes move within your eye, translating lenses are held in place by a ballast which is an area that is thicker than the rest of the lens or by truncating or flattening the bottom to stay in line by the lower lid. These lenses are only available in rigid gas permeable lens material.

An Alternative Option to Multifocal Contact Lenses: Monovision

Monovision is another contact lens alternative for presbyopia particularly if you are having

difficulty adapting to multifocal lenses.  Monovision splits your distance and near vision between your eyes, using your dominant eye for distance vision and your non-dominant  eye for near vision.

Typically you will use single vision lenses in each eye however sometimes the dominant eye will use a single vision lens while a multifocal lens will be used in the other eye for intermediate and near vision. This is called modified monovision.  Your eye doctor will perform a test to determine which type of lens is best suited for each eye and optimal vision.

Are Contact Lenses Right for You?

If you have presbyopia, contact lenses may be a great option for you. Many people prefer the look and convenience of contact lenses over traditional reading glasses. Speak to your Copperas Cove eye doctor near Killeen TX about the options available to you.

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Ciba Lenses

Learn more about the AirOptix, Freshlooks and ClearCare products below by clicking on the images (you will be directed to the appropriate Ciba webpage in a separate browser window):

  • AIR OPTIX AQUA Contact Lenses
  • AIR OPTIX for ASTIGMATISM Contact Lenses
  • AIR OPTIX AQUA MULTIFOCAL Contact Lenses
  • AIR OPTIX NIGHT & DAY Contact Lenses
  • FreshLook
  • Clear Care

Air Optix

Imagine comfort you can feel all day, every day. AIR OPTIX® family of breathable contact lenses let you meet the day - and the night - without missing a beat. They even have an easy-to-remember monthly replacement schedule to fit your nonstop lifestyle. See how natural they feel.

Tricomfort

The innovative TriComfort™ Technology in AIR OPTIX® brand contact lenses helps lenses stay comfortable from breakfast to bedtime in three important ways:

  • Breathability - Rich, nourishing oxygen flows continuously through AIR OPTIX® brand contact lenses, contributing to a healthy, natural feeling.
  • Retains Moisture - The patented materials of AIR OPTIX® brand contact lenses help retain moisture, which helps prevent the lenses from drying out, so lenses feel comfortable all day long.
  • Resists Deposits - AIR OPTIX® brand contact lenses feature an ultra-smooth surface designed to resist deposits - for comfortable wear all day long, every day - even for up to one month.

FreshLook® Color Contact Lenses

Freshlook

Want to change, enhance or illuminate your eye color? For dark eyes or light eyes, even if your vision is perfect or you have astigmatism, we have the lenses for you.

FreshLook ColorBlends® - Change
For a subtle change and a beautiful look. Three-in-one technology blends three colors into one. Also available for astigmatism.

FreshLook Dimensions™ - Enhance
Enhances and defines your eyes. Natural-looking transparent hues create depth and dimension.

FreshLook® ONE-DAY
Make an impression, not a commitment with new FreshLook ONE-DAY color contact lenses. Pick one gorgeous look today, and a whole new one tomorrow. The colors change, but the results are the same – stunning.

CLEAR CARE®

Clear CareWhy CLEAR CARE® Solution is the clear choice...
CLEAR CARE® Cleaning & Disinfection Solution does more than just clean contact lenses, it delivers pristine clean and pure comfort, with no added preservatives.

  • Exclusive cleaning formula
  • The power of hydrogen peroxide
  • Gentle comfort even for sensitive eyes

The CLEAR CARE® Solution system is easy to use and works seamlessly for a pristine clean—so your lenses feel like new every day. And nothing feels better than a fresh, new pair of contact lenses.

Unlike ordinary lens care products, CLEAR CARE® Solution bubbles to actively clean your contact lenses—for cleaning you can see and comfort you can feel.

  • Exceptional cleaning action
  • Delivers excellent comfort
  • Tough on germs—gentle on eyes

Peroxide-based CLEAR CARE® Solution penetrates contact lenses and kills germs and bacteria for strong disinfection and deep cleaning. Bubbling action enhances surface protein removal to give your eyes the comfort they deserve.

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