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Posted on 07-14-2017

FAQ: Contact Lenses in Jacksonville

There are many reasons why people might prefer contacts over traditional eyewear: the glasses-free look, no-hassle vision correction, to accompany non-prescription goggles or sunglasses, or simply the convenience of never having to worry about misplacing one's glasses. If a patient has astigmatism, contacts may enable better-enhanced vision correction than glasses do. Today, one can even replace his or her bifocal glasses with contact bi-focal lenses.

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VAL-Uvision can recommend the optimum contact lens choices for any patient based on a complete eye exam, and review of the patient's visual needs. Since most individuals can wear more than one type of lens, our optometrists help our patients understand the choices and what the advantages and disadvantages are to each choice.

What can a new patient expect during a contact lens exam?

New VAL-Uvision patients are asked to relax in our comfortable, friendly environment, as the optometrist determines the level of vision correction that is needed. Whether a patient is nearsighted, farsighted or has astigmatism, he or she can rest assured that we are well-prepared to render a correct diagnosis.

During each patient's comprehensive eye exam, the patient's visual acuity is tested using state of the art diagnostic equipment. Once the optometrist determines the results of the tests, he or she will begin to gather additional information so the patient can be fitted with contact lenses.

The optometrist will ask each patient about any issues he or she is experiencing, such a blurry vision. He or she will also ask about any medications that could be affecting one's vision. Knowing one's family history, and of any previous eye conditions, are also topics for discussion during the examination. Eye examinations usually take from 30 minutes to one hour.

What contact lenses are available?

Contacts serve different purposes for different people. That is why we stock an extensive supply that includes:

Hard Lenses

Hard or PMMA lenses are constructed from a rigid plastic material referred to as polymethyl methacrylate. It is the same substance used for glass in shatterproof windows. These types of lenses are noted for their excellent optics. However, they do not oxygenate the eye and some patients can have problems adapting to them.

Soft Lenses

Soft lenses are made from a soft, specially formulated gel-type plastic. They are thin and pliable, and conform to the front surface of the patient's eye. These lenses make contact lens wear much more popular because they typically are immediately comfortable.

RGP lenses

RGP lenses are rigid, yet look and feel much like PMMA contacts. However, they are rigid and allow oxygen to pass through them. This type of lens can be fit closer to the eye , because they are porous, and are permeable to oxygen. This makes them more comfortable to wear.

Daily Wear lenses

Daily wear lenses are worn during the day but should be removed prior to sleep.

Daily disposable contacts

Most soft contacts used once before being discarded. This translates to a new pair of lenses each day. They have the advantage of not needing daily disinfecting or soaking, as they are presented to the patient sterilized and ready to wear.

Extended wear contacts

Extended wear lenses can be worn overnight for as many as seven consecutive days without removal.

Color changing lenses

Color changing lenses give patients to change the appearance of their natural eye color.

Do you offer contacts for hard-to-fit eyes?

Certain eye conditions, such as keratoconus, astigmatism or dry eyes, can make wearing contact lenses difficult. The optometrists at VAL-Uvision offer multiple effective lens options for hard-to-fit eyes that are tailored to meet each patient's specific concerns.

Why do I need a current prescription to order contact lenses online?

An eye examination is important to the maintenance and overall health of the human eyes. Therefore, it is important to have one in order to be supplied with a prescription to order contact lenses online.

What methods of payment are accepted?

VAL-Uvision accepts all major credit cards.

Call VAL-Uvision for an Appointment Today!

Your eyes are some of your most precious assets. That is why it is so important to use a reliable optometrist for their care. Please call VAL-Uvision at 904-721-7700 to schedule a comprehensive contact lens exam. We are located at 9400 Atlantic Boulevard, Suite 62, in Jacksonville Florida. One of our helpful associates will be happy to assist you.

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