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Ask Our Eye Doctor About Scleral Lenses

Have you been living with disappointment after being told you can’t wear contact lenses? Cheer up! Scleral lenses may be the solution you’re looking for.

A scleral lens is a contact lens that’s a bit bigger than a soft contact lens, and it’s—surprisingly—more comfortable. Instead of resting on your cornea, it vaults over your cornea and rests on the whites (the sclera) of your eye. They are more rigid than soft lenses, which helps provide crisp vision. While scleral lenses were only used in the past for people with corneal disorders, they are now prescribed for people with a range of other vision conditions, such as high astigmatism and dry eye syndrome. Interested in learning more? Book a consultation and contact lens exam in Plainview to ask about scleral lenses.

To help you out, here’s a discussion of the basic issues to address when exploring if sclerals are a suitable contact lens for you.

What are the advantages of a scleral contact lens?

This type of specialty contact lens is safe for all types of corneal conditions. It provides sharp vision with a level of comfort that’s superior to other standard lenses.

What eye conditions can reap the benefits of scleral lenses?

  • Keratoconus
  • High astigmatism
  • Severe dry eye syndrome
  • Corneal ectasia
  • Post-LASIK patients
  • Corneal trauma patients
  • Post radial keratology or R-K surgery

How do scleral lenses help with dry eyes?

Before you insert a scleral contact lens into your eye, you’ll fill the lens with a preservative-free artificial tear solution. This moisturizing liquid remains in the bowl of the contact lens while you wear it. Consequently, the whole time you’re wearing contacts, your eye sits in a soothing bath of lubricating tears. In many ways, it’s a perfect treatment for dry eyes – allowing you to see comfortably and clearly with contact lenses.

Are scleral lenses fit with a normal contact lens exam?

Our eye doctor in Plainview will perform a specialized contact lens exam to fit scleral lenses. The specialty contacts are custom-made to fit your cornea precisely. During the eye exam, we’ll map the surface of your cornea using corneal topography equipment. The results are used to create the ideal contact lens for your eye – no matter what vision prescription is needed (even bifocals!). An OCT scan will also be done to map the alignment across your eye, so the fit is fine-tuned.

Once your scleral contact lenses are ready, our eye care team will teach you how to insert and remove them properly. To get started, book a contact lens exam at our eye care center in Plainview.

At Optix Family Eyecare, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 516-252-0725 to see one of our Plainview eye doctors.

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Over 40? Time for a Close Look at Reading Glasses

No matter what age group you look at, eyeglasses are the most common type of vision correction. While there are different types of lenses that can be fit into eyeglasses frames, lenses for distance and lenses for reading are the two most common kinds. Who wears them? People with nearsightedness wear glasses for distance, and people with farsightedness or presbyopia wear reading glasses.

Presbyopia is an age-related vision condition that occurs when the eye’s lens loses flexibility. As a result, presbyopes trouble focusing on objects up close, such as reading the text on a smartphone, book or computer screen.

If you’re inching past 40 and find it increasingly harder to make out the fine print or see images that are near your face, book an eye exam in Plainview or Long Island. Our eye doctor will evaluate your visual acuity and prescribe the right lenses to sharpen your eyesight.

Which reading glasses should you buy?

You’ll know when you need reading glasses because you’ll find that moving small font further from your face helps to bring it into focus. But it can be tricky to know exactly which lenses and frames are best to buy.

All reading glasses are made from convex lenses, and you can buy non-prescription frames at the drugstore with generic strengths. Then, it’s down to trial and error to find your optional lenses. However, the healthier, efficient and more precise way to select frames and lenses is by getting your vision checked with an eye exam.

Can you buy reading glasses that won’t make you look like grandma did?

No worries! At our optical shops in Plainview and Long Island, we feature a trending range of frames, and each pair can be fit with the lenses that our eye doctor prescribes for you personally, including no-line progressives so nobody will know you’re wearing bifocals. We’re proud to offer an amazing array of up-to-date styles, and our staff can help you choose the most flattering pair for you.

At Optix Family Eyecare, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 516-252-0725 or book an appointment online to see one of our Plainview eye doctors.

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Why buy a 2nd pair of eyeglasses?

Our optical store has a fantastic collection of frames for all your visual needs!

A second pair of eyeglasses is not a luxury, it’s a true to life accessory! Besides the problem that you always forget where you put them, there’s a variety of reasons that make a strong case for buying extra frames. No matter why you need more glasses, check out our stylish optical collection at Optix Family Eyecare.

To help you select the perfect 2nd pair of eyeglasses, knowing your personal reasons for buying them is key to buying the right frames and lenses for your needs. Look through this list to identify your needs:

Reading glasses and computer glasses

If you’re over 40, you’re probably used to holding fine print far from your face to see it. Reading glasses are an easier, more efficient solution than constantly stretching your arm. And if you spend hours per day at the computer, we recommend buying a pair of customized computer glasses. They’ll protect your eyes from blue light, and relax your eye muscles with an enhanced view of the screen.

Match your look

Do you wear the same clothes every day? So why wear the same pair of frames every day? The bold, serious look you want to broadcast at work may not be the same fun and flirty look you want to show off after hours. If you love splashy colored frames, consider buying the same glasses in two colors to avoid clashing with your clothes. Pick a 2nd pair of eyeglasses to match your changing optic mood and wardrobe.

Stay safe with a second pair of glasses

If you need prescription glasses to see and they break, you don’t want to be left wandering around in a blurry world. The strain of focusing will lead to a migraine and eye fatigue, and you risk injury from bumping into unseen objects and/or tripping. A spare second pair of eyeglasses will ensure that you always have sharp, safe vision.

Sun protection and polarized lenses

Indoor glasses fulfill indoor tasks, but when you go outdoors – you need outdoor glasses. Sunglasses will protect your eyes from dangerous UV rays, as well as enhance your vision instead of being blinded by bright light. Make sunglasses your 2nd pair and keep them handy at all times. If you spend a lot of time behind the wheel of your car or boat, it’s wise to invest in a pair of polarized sunglasses for ultimate protection against glare. Polarized sunglasses block reflections from the sun that bounce off your windshield or the water.

See? Even if you don’t forget where you put your eyeglasses all the time, there are plenty of reasons to buy a second pair of glasses from our optical collection at Optix Family Eyecare.

At Optix Family Eyecare, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 516-252-0725 or book an appointment online to see one of our Plainview eye doctors.

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