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Contact Lenses Guide

Each patient is unique and we believe your visit to the optometrist is more than just a new prescription!

Contact lenses can be an excellent alternative to glasses, and if you have any questions about caring for, inserting, and removing your contact lenses, know that we’re here for you.

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We fit soft contact lenses, RGP lenses, scleral lens and orthokeratology lenses

Our doctors prescribe specific lens brands based on your ocular needs and goals

We provide contact lens exams and fittings. These can be done at the same time as a routine vision exam or at another time. Contact lens exams and fittings are a necessary part of wearing contact lenses to ensure proper vision, comfort and fit. During the fitting process our doctors are making sure that lens fit is optimal, reducing the likelihood of contact lens related health problems.

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New Wearer Guide

Congratulations on both your new look and contact lenses! You will find both general and useful tips below.

Practice makes perfect. Plan time to help you succeed!

How to Put on and Take off Contacts

Adjusting to contacts can take a few days. You will find useful and easy-to-follow guides below, too!

how to put on your contact lenses

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prepare in advance

Before putting on your contacts, wash your hands with non-perfumed, anti-bacterial soap and rise your hands. Remember to dry your hands with a lint-free towel!

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lens positioning

Put the lens on the tip of your finger and hold it up to the light. If the edges flare out, it's inside out. Contacts should look like a bowl with straight edges.

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Place the lens

Hold your upper-eyelid UP with one finger and carefully pull DOWN your lower eyelid with another.

Guide the contact steadily toward your eye and slowly release your lids. Close your eyes and blink - this allows for things to settle in.

how to take off your contact lenses

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Clean your hands and make sure that they are dry. Look UP while pulling DOWN on your eyelid with your middle finger.

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Slowly slide the lower edge of the lens down with your index finger to the lower white part of your eye.

Gently squeeze the lens between your thumb and index finger to remove it.

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Repeat the previous step for your other eye. If you are wearing daily disposable contacts, make sure to remove and discard them.

If you are wearing weekly or monthly contacts, make sure that you clean and disinfect your lenses.


common CONCERNS about contacts

Everyone’s lifestyle and adjustment period is different. If you are having issues or feel uncomfortable with your contacts, contact our office to speak to one of our optometrists.

They should stay in place with the proper fit. On the rare occasion that they do move out of place, it will typically stay on your eye until it is removed or moved back in place.

Sometimes simple issues such as a poor fit, eye dryness, or an outdated prescription can affect your vision adversely. However, blurriness can also be a tell-tale sign of a more serious problem that is not related to your contact lenses. If you are experiencing constant blurriness, contact our office to speak to one of our optometrists as soon as possible.

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navigating your contacts

Contact Lens Insertion
Contact Lens Removal
Cleaning Contact Lens
Contact Lens Do’s & Dont’s

Contact Lens Myths

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MYTH: Contacts can get stuck behind your eye

This is actually physically impossible! The white portion of your eye is covered with a thin membrane called the conjunctiva. This membrane connects to the inside of your eyelid and keeps your contacts from lodging behind your eye.
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MYTH: my eye can get scratched from contacts

Our optometrists will always help prescribe and properly fit your contacts! Although contact-related problems can occur, you can decrease the chances of complications by following instructions on how to properly handle, care, and replace your contacts.
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MYTH: contacts can get stuck in my eye

There is no denying that trying contacts takes some getting used to. However, getting your contacts stuck in your eye is very unlikely. Follow the guides above and putting on and taking off your contacts should become second-nature soon!
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frequently asked questions

Even if you only wear glasses part-time, contact lenses can offer a convenient and easy alternative for certain activities such as sports.
Unlike glasses, in normal wearing conditions, contact lenses won’t smudge, steam up, fall off or break.

No. Your contact lenses have been specially fit to your unique vision needs and the unique shape of your eye. Friends don’t let friends share contacts.

Lots of teens and even some preteens wear contact lenses. It is less about age and more about maturity and responsibility to properly wear and care for contact lenses.

In general, no. Unless your eye doctor has instructed you otherwise or you have eye redness, irritation, pain or decreased vision, you can safely wear your contact lenses daily.

Contact lenses are not bad for your eyes. Be sure to stick to the replacement schedule and cleaning instructions that your doctor gave you and you’re good to go.

Cleaning and Care

Following a strict cleaning and disinfecting schedule is a must when wearing reusable contacts. Don’t worry, this should only take a few minutes with the appropriate solution. Our optometrists can help recommend the appropriate disinfecting solution for your prescribed contacts.

important items to remember

cleaning your 2-week or monthly contacts

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Fill your case with fresh, disinfecting solution and apply a few drops to the palm of your hand (remember to wash, clean, and dry first!)

With one finger, gently rub the lens back and forth on your palm to clean the lens surfaces.

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Rinse your lens

Thoroughly clean your lens with the solution and put it back into the case.

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Repeat this process for your other lens. You can leave your lenses to soak overnight in the clean case as well.

cleaning your contact case

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Always empty your case if there is old solution inside. You should never re-use a disinfecting solution or fill the case to the very top.

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RINSE & air-dry

Avoiding tap water, rinse your case with fresh solution and allow for your case to air-dry. You can place the case upside down on a clean tissue.

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Remember to replace your case on a regular basis to avoid any unnecessary build-up. We recommend replacing your contact lenses case at least every quarter!

Types of Contacts

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Daily Disposable Contact Lenses


Daily disposable contacts are inserted on the eye every morning and thrown away every night, so you don’t need care solutions.


One and done is an easy care routine for many first-time wearers or people with active lifestyles.


$310 –$1,400 annually.

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2-Week Contact Lenses


Simply clean daily and store in lens solution overnight to maintain safety and cleanliness.


2-week contacts require basic care and upkeep, but also enable you to have one pair for a longer period of time than just a day.


$175–$1,055 annually.

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Monthly Contact Lenses


Basic care and upkeep—storing and cleaning in lens solution overnight—allows you to keep them for an extended period of time.


Because you’ll have these longer, they require some amount of responsibility to keep them clean.


$140–$600 annually.

Contact lenses can be an excellent alternative to glasses

if you have any questions about caring for, inserting, and removing your contact lenses, know that we’re here for you!