Contact Lenses: An Evolution in Technology
Eye care technology has evolved so more people can see the benefits of great sight with contacts than ever before. Some of the benefits you can expect from today’s lenses include more convenience and comfort, as well as a greater selection of colors and flexibility of wear.
New Advances and Products
New research has led to improvements in eye health for contact lens wearers. Science has uncovered secrets about the importance of proper tears and wetting of contacts. As a result, we can solve a greater variety of visual conditions and fit more people with contacts, many who were previously unable to tolerate full time wear.
Due to advances in materials, patients experience fewer eye health complications and enjoy increased safety. Most patients can adapt to comfortable soft lenses almost immediately. These products also offer part-time wear for those who enjoy—or need—some of the special features of glasses.
We Find the Right Option for You
The professionals at Kennewick Vision Care employ the latest research about corneal health and sophisticated technology to help determine whether contact lenses are right for you—and which ones may work best. Whether you are wearing contacts for the first time or interested in changing to more advanced lenses, many options exist.
The best way to discover if you are a good candidate for contacts lenses is to schedule an appointment for a complete eye health and vision assessment. If the doctor determines that you may be eligible, you’ll proceed with a contact lens fitting, which involves additional testing, individualized patient education and follow-up visits. After this phase is completed, you will receive a final prescription.
Where can I obtain my contact lenses?
After you complete the contact lens fitting or we have determined that you can continue wearing your current lenses, Kennewick Vision Care will provide you with a contact lenses prescription. As you consider where to purchase your lens, you may wish to weigh the benefits of availability, customer service and convenience—in addition to price.
Availability is important, how can I get my lenses now?
In most cases when you purchase your contact lens supply from us, we provide contacts to meet your immediate needs and fill your one-year supply within three days.
Customer service is crucial. What if my prescription changes and I still have a supply of my old lenses?
If you obtain your daily or replacement lenses from Kennewick Vision Care, we can exchange unopened boxes. When your needs change, you are not stuck with an inappropriate prescription. When you purchase a year’s supply of lenses, if your prescription changes, we will replace all lenses, opened or unopened.
I’m concerned about price. Do soft lenses cost less on line or through a national store?
Kennewick Vision Care wants your business and we work to offer lenses at competitive prices. In addition, we can obtain manufacturers’ rebates—an advantage mail order companies and optical departments may not be able to provide. Finally, we offer free shipping and no membership fees.
Convenience is a huge factor, how will you rate?
Kennewick Vision Care can save you considerable time and effort by having your one-year supply of contacts delivered directly to your home at no extra charge. Generally, your supply will be shipped from the manufacturer within hours after your order is placed. If you purchase your contact lenses from us, we will provide you with all the lenses you need until your supply arrives.
Does Kennewick Vision Care offer additional value?
If you purchase your contacts through our office or our online partners, we offer additional savings on backup glasses and sunglasses.
What is a toric lens?
Patients with astigmatism, who may have been told they can’t wear regular contacts, may be able to use toric lenses. Toric lenses are made from the same material as regular contact lenses, but have a couple of extra characteristics:
- They have two powers in them.
- They are weighted to keep the lens in a stable position, regardless of eye movement. Most toric lenses are marked so a patient can insert them in the correct position.
Contact Lens Fitting
Our individualized fitting program is essential for those new to this form of vision correction.
Contact Lens Fitting
Patient education is the key to successful contact lens wear. The first step in our program requires that you complete an eye health and vision assessment to determine whether you are a good lens candidate. If we determine that all visual factors point to a successful experience, then we can move forward to a Contact Lens Fitting. This involves a series of appointments to ensure you receive a prescription that works for you, and that you understand your role in maintaining eye health.
Contact Lens Prescription
You’ll receive your contact lens prescription after the contact lens fitting is complete. Because you have received a thorough examination and appropriate follow-up visits—and are educated about eye health and proper lens care—you can wear your new lenses with comfort and confidence.
There are distinct advantages to filling your prescription at Kennewick Vision Care (please refer to the frequently asked questions section). We would welcome the opportunity to further meet your needs.
Once you receive a prescription, we will utilize the newest technology and medical findings to detect early changes to your eyes related to contact lens wear. If vision or comfort problems arise, we may suggest different types of lenses or another approach. We also look forward to seeing you on an annual basis to reevaluate and renew your prescription.
Training and Education Appointment
We provide individualized instruction regarding:
- How to properly place and remove contact lenses
- Daily lens care, emphasizing proper cleaning, disinfecting and storage
- Eye and cornea education:
- How serious corneal and eye health problems can be caused by inappropriate or abusive contact lens wear
- How to detect symptoms of contact lens or eye health problems
At the end of your training and education appointment, after demonstrating that you understand contact lens care and handling, you will be able to wear trial lenses out of the office.
Periodic follow-up visits help monitor possible changes to the front surface of the eye caused by contact lens wear, as well as determine whether a different prescription may enhance comfort or sight. We also conduct additional microscopic evaluations to ensure lenses move and center correctly, and the surface and edges have not changed with time and handling.
Contact Lens Fitting Fee
The contact lens fitting fee includes:
- One-to-one training and basic contact lens instruction
- Contact lens-related office visits necessary to obtain a proper fit
- Your initial pair of contact lenses
- All lenses needed until a prescription can be written
- Initial supply of contact lens care solutions
Types of Contact Lenses
We have listed features and benefits for the most common contact lenses. When you come in for your appointment, we will consult with you to find the best option for your unique needs.
Daily Wear Disposable Soft Lenses
- Lenses are worn for a single day and discarded at night, eliminating the need to clean lenses.
- As a new, healthy lens is worn each day, these are the least likely to cause contact lens-related eye health problems.
- These lenses are the ultimate in convenience, particularly great for travelers as there is no need to pack solution bottles.
Two-Week or Monthly Soft Lenses
- Lenses are made for daily wear with planned replacement, meaning new, healthy lenses frequently and spare lenses are always on hand.
- The largest range of powers and features are available in this lens type, making it the best option for astigmatism correction or bifocals needs.
- Some of these lenses come in colors, meaning more exciting looks for your eyes.
Overnight Soft Lenses
- Lenses are made for continuous wear up to 30 days, meaning minimal handling and cleaning.
- Ability to wear at night means clear vision the moment you awaken.
- These lenses have the highest level of oxygen permeability, making them the healthiest extended-wear lens.
We are pleased to offer the new Air Optix Colors.
Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Lenses
These lenses are made from harder material, meaning more consistent and crisper sight for some types of astigmatism.
To find the right lens for you, please contact Kennewick Vision Care to schedule an appointment.