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All About Contact Lenses

Contact lenses can be a convenient, effective method for vision correction. Here you’ll find information on many aspects of contacts–from the examination process, through various contact lens types, their role in eye surgery, and how to prevent eye damage through proper use.

Steps to Getting Contacts

bifocal contactsFollowing your complete eye exam with refraction (the test to determine your glasses prescription), your technician will take other measurements of your eye to determine which contact lenses will work best for you. You will be provided a “trial” pair of lenses to wear for a week or two and then return to determine if the fit is correct for you. According to Washington State law, in order for your contact lens prescription to be valid, your eye care practitioner must see the contact on your eye after you have worn it for a period of time…Read Full Article

4 Rules to Prevent Eye Damage from Contact Lenses

contact lens safteyIf you wear contact lenses, are interested in trying them, or are a parent of a contact lens-wearing child, this is for you. Among eye doctors and technicians, poor contact lens practices, such as sleeping in them and caring for them improperly, is actually called “contact lens abuse.” And it turns out eye professionals can usually tell if you’re an abuser, no matter what you say at your eye exam, because your cornea (the outermost surface of your eye) will actually look bad…Read Full Article

The Advantages of Daily Disposable Contact Lenses

Dr. Steven TurpinOur newest doctor, Steven Turpin, OD, is an expert on contact lenses and related cornea issues and conditions. Recently, we asked him to provide insight on contact lens best practices based on his experience and research. His first and foremost piece of advice for a contact lens wearer is this: if you could only point to a single thing that separates very successful contact lens practices from the average, it would be the embrace of daily disposable lenses. Here are some examples why…Read Full Article

Corneal Ulcer and Contact Lens Complications

A corneal ulcer is an inflammation, or possibly both an inflammation and infection of the cornea. A corneal edema is the swelling of the cornea caused by retention of tear fluid. Corneal ulcers or edemas can be caused by infections, contact lenses, chemical injury, trauma, and other eye conditions such as dry eye and severe blepharitis…Contact lens-related corneal ulcers are most often found in patients who over-wear their contact lenses and/or sleep in their contact lenses. Careful contact lens care and diligent lens replacement is considered preventative in many of these cases…Read Full Article

Vision Correction Options

Refractive errorCascadia Eye is proud to offer a number of advanced treatments that can improve vision and reduce your reliance on glasses and contact lenses. Whether your vision is affected by nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, our experienced eye surgeons can help. With laser vision correction procedures such as LASIK and PRK, it’s possible for you to enjoy exceptionally clear vision without the aid of corrective eyewear. For more information on our refractive surgery options, and contact Cascadia Eye to schedule a consultation….Read Full Article

Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)

Patients interested in improving their vision and reducing their need for glasses and contacts may not always be good candidates for LASIK surgery. Fortunately, our team of experienced ophthalmologists at Cascadia Eye provides a variety of laser eye surgery alternatives that can produce excellent vision correction results. Photorefractive Keratectomy, more commonly known as PRK, is a refractive surgery technique designed to reshape the cornea and enhance your ability to focus clearly without the aid of corrective eyewear. PRK surgery has a number of benefits …Read Full Article

Implantable Contact Lenses (Visian ICL)

The Visian ICL is a form of intraocular lens (IOL) that is implanted in the eye to correct myopia (nearsightedness). Unlike the lens implants used for cataract surgery, the Visian ICL does not replace the eye’s natural lens. Rather, the ICL is placed between the iris and the eye’s natural lens, supplementing your natural optical structure to better focus light on the retina.This supplementation to the natural lens is known as a phakic IOL, and is also referred to as an implantable contact lens. This form of IOL does not replace the lens, but acts much in the way a prescription contact lens would on the surface of the eye…Read Full Article

Cataract Surgery Lens Implants

eye lens replacementPresbyopia is the reason that many people require bifocals or a separate pair of glasses for reading as they get older. People with cataracts either already have this condition, or will likely develop it eventually. For this reason, selecting the appropriate intraocular lens implant (IOL) prior to cataract surgery is very important. One of our cataract surgeons will discuss the many IOL options with you during your exam, and help you to choose the IOL that best fits your needs and lifestyle….Read Full Article

Contacts and Corneal Disease

Dr.Pereira--Corneal SpecialistThe cornea is the clear surface of the eye. Since it is the first surface through which the light passes, a healthy cornea is essential for good vision. Corneal disease can result from a variety of factors, including Infection from wearing contact lenses….Read Full Article

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