Contacts

Contact lenses, when used properly, are very convenient and, with the latest advancements in technology, are extremely comfortable.

Most of the time, you will hardly know you are wearing them, though you will certainly notice how clear your vision is.
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Contact lenses are small lenses worn, on the surface of the eye, called the cornea, to correct vision. We are happy to discuss the options available for you. Many patients choose contact lenses for their primary vision correction and glasses for back-up or part-time wear.

Contact Lens Types

The types of contact lenses available have increased significantly over the past few years. There are contact lenses available for almost everyone. Many patients have been told in the past that they couldn’t wear contacts, or unsuccessfully tried contact lenses. You owe it to yourself to see what’s new. We carry many options, and promise to do our best in selecting contact lenses that you’ll love wearing. Choose from the following list for a brief look at some of the options available.

Conventional Soft Lenses

Soft lenses are very comfortable and come in a variety of types, depending on the wearer’s needs. Conventional soft lenses are worn during the day, and cleaned and stored at night. Usually once a week the lenses must be cleaned using an enzymatic cleaner, which removes protein deposits. These lenses can last for a year or more if your prescription stays the same and you take good care of them.

Disposable Soft Lenses

Disposable soft lenses are much more popular than conventional soft lenses. These lenses are worn for a period of time then, of course, thrown away. The most well-known disposables last for two weeks. There are also one-week and one-day disposables. These are perfect for many patients who were told they couldn’t wear contact lenses because of allergies or mild dry eye conditions. They have a low cost per lens and are also popular for athletes and hobbyists who don’t necessarily want to wear contact lenses every day.

Tinted Soft Lenses

Next, you have tinted soft lenses, available in conventional, disposable, or frequent replacement types. With tinted soft lenses, you can change your eye color or enhance your eye color for a bold or natural look. Even if you don’t need corrective lenses, you can use “plano” tinted lenses to change your eye color.

Bifocal Soft Lenses

Recent technology has greatly improved bifocal soft lenses. Many patients past their 40s who need bifocals can now enjoy the comfort and benefits of soft contact lenses. Toric Soft Lenses Toric lenses are used to correct astigmatism. Astigmatism is a vision condition where an irregularly shaped cornea affects the vision. In the past, if you had astigmatism, your only options were either glasses or hard gas permeable contact lenses. But toric lenses now offer an alternative. There are several types of toric lenses to choose from.

Extended Wear Soft Lenses

Extended wear lenses are the result of new technology in lens materials that transmit more oxygen to the cornea of the eye. Some of these lens materials can be worn up to 30 days, day and night, without removal. Extended wear lenses can last one week, two weeks, or one month, depending upon the lens material and your doctor’s recommendations.

Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Lenses

As the name implies, these lenses are hard and gas permeable. If you’ve been told you can’t wear soft lenses, RGP lenses are often a great alternative. RGP lenses are available in specialized designs to correct just about any vision disorder.

There are a variety of solutions available from many different manufacturers. The important thing to remember is that not every solution is right for every type of contact lens. Some contact lenses require the use of multipurpose solutions, while others require separate solutions for the four steps in contact lens care: disinfecting, cleaning, rinsing, and enzyming. Use only the lens solutions that are recommended by your eye doctor. If you wish to change brands, check with our office first. Contact Lens Care Made Easy

Few things affect the quality of your life more than your eyes-never put them at risk. Contact lenses are prescription medical devices. To make sure your eyes and vision stay healthy while wearing contact lenses, please follow these few guidelines or the instructions recommended by your doctor.

Warning: Ocular complication and/or long-term corneal damage are the consequences of contact lenses that are worn longer than recommended. Oftentimes, your lenses will still feel good even when you are over-wearing them. Do not wear your lenses overnight unless they are approved for extended wear and your doctor has discussed this with you. Overnight wear increases the risk of infection and other complications.

Testimonials

  • "Dr Love and his staff are terrific. I have severe astigmatism in one eye, so bad that wearing glasses caused headaches and lasik was not the optimal route. Dr Love suggested I try a sclera lens in their office - BAM! - perfect vision in an eye I've never seen clearly through, ever. Glad we chose Lake Mary Eye Care."

    Ernie Lyon

    September 2017

  • "My wife and I were advised by a friend to visit Dr Love at Lake Mary Eye Care when we became dissatisfied with our previous doctor. I am 80 years old and was a pilot in the USAF where eye care is a requirement. None of our previous exams were as complete as the ones provided by Dr Love during our first visit. When the exams were complete Dr Love sat down and explained the results to each of us. He showed us the pictures of the inside of our eyes and explained in detail what was happening as we get older. In the case of my wife he stopped the exam when it was time to dilate her eyes and explained that she had a problem which required surgery. He said that had he put the drops in her eyes she may well have lost vision. He recommended the surgeon and when the procedure was complete he finished the exam. In all previous exams for both of us, the first thing done by a nurse or tech was to put in the drops. This could have been disastrous for my wife. The follow up visits have continued to be detailed to ensure our vision is as good as it can possibly be for our age. Dr Love and the people in his office are dedicated professionals ensuring that our vision is number one priority. We are very happy to have had Lake Mary Eye Care and Dr Love recommended to us and we could not be more satisfied."

    George Daniels

    2015

  • "No More Dry/ Tired Eyes, No More Night Glare/Bright Light Sensitivity I never write reviews. I’m 52 years old and this is my second. That is how impressed I am by Dr. Love. First issue: Dry/Tired/Burning eyes. This has been an issue for years, I spent countless dollars on OTC ‘solutions’, I saw many ‘experts, all for naught. I never knew if I was tired or if just my eyes where tired. I just knew I felt tired all the time. With Dr. Love’s few, simple suggestions I don’t feel tired anymore! I love to read, this issue was preventing my favorite hobby, my quality of life. I am able to read/watch TV/stay up later at night again. This has also increased the quality of my work and family life. Feeling tired makes me cranky, and the later the day got the crankier I got. Second Issue: Night Glare/Bright Light Sensitivity. This was getting so bad I dreaded driving at night. I have a 13-year-old son; thus, I am a full-time taxi service, the blindness I felt from oncoming headlights scared me to the point I feared for his welfare. Last night, taking him to practice, as the days get shorter, I did not even have to flip up my rear-view mirror into ‘night traffic mode’. I went to see Dr. Love about needing new glasses. I had accepted the fact that there was no ‘cure’ for these issues, it was just a fact of life, getting older and I needed to learn to live with it. Who knew I would leave solving two huge quality of life issues (along with better vision). He is the only Dr. I have ever visited who took the time to ask questions beyond just my vision. My only regret is that I waiting so long to take a doctor’s (my own niece!) advise and see Dr. Love sooner."

    Sean Cunningham
    Orlando, FL

    11/10/2016

  • "I am very particular about who I see for our eye checkups because glaucoma is prevalent in our family and because my youngest has neurological problems that affect her eyes. Dr. Love does a great job managing these problems! I'm grateful to have a doctor that we can trust."

    Leah Brooks
    Central Florida Patient

    09/06/13

  • "This is an office filled with caring, knowledgeable professionals. It is a seamless process from tests to sharing results. I have never been so well-informed on my personal eye health. Lake Mary Eye Care is not just a place to get a prescription and buy glasses. All personnel are clearly focused on your individual eye health needs. Now for the fun part! What an outstanding selection of eyewear! I didn't purchase new everyday glasses, but while I browsed for prescription sunglasses, my "old" glasses received a little special treatment making them look new again! This was a most pleasant experience. Thank you to all."

    Sandra Whitefield
    Central Florida Patient

    05/15/13