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With Halloween fast approaching, many people look to colored contacts, specifically of the spooky variety, as a way to level up their transformation skills. For those new to the world of colored contacts, here is some important information to know before you shop.

Not All Contacts Are Created Equal

You will notice as you begin your search for colored contacts that there is quite the range of prices for colored contacts you can find on the internet. Why is that? Well, as with most of everything you buy on the internet, you get what you pay for. Meaning that if you buy the cheapest pair of spooky lenses you can buy, do not expect something of higher quality. And when it comes to your eyes, our suggestion here at Choice Eye Center is to invest in something that will not hurt your eyes. We are all about the health of your eyes.

The Risks Involved With Colored Contacts

The cheaper material that is used to make the cheaper contact lenses means that oxygen is less permeable. This means that there is a greater risk of possible complications occurring, including irritation, dryness, redness, ulcers, bacterial infection and more. If you do decide to go with the cheaper option for colored contacts, please remember to be responsible and not wear them for long periods of time.

The wrong size will also have an effect on your comfort level. Even without a prescription in your contact lens, it is still important to have a contact lens fit examination with your eye doctor to get the appropriate size for your eye. A contact lens that is too small for your eye will cause irritation and make your eyes tired. A contact lens that is too large will move around and most likely fall out of your eye given enough blinking. Either of which is likely to cause redness and irritation.

Colored contacts, although mainly used for cosmetic reasons, are still a medical grade device, and as such, should be treated with the appropriate amount of care.

Why do I need a contact lens fit?

If you call an optometrist's office and ask about ordering colored contact lenses, you will hear that they want you to come in for a contact lens fit examination. Many of you might wonder why this would be necessary if you are not getting a prescription contact lens and are simply looking for something for a costume. You may even feel like the optometrist is just trying to get more money out of you. Eye doctors are held responsible for giving medically sound advice for the health of your eyes. Telling you that you can order colored contacts without a contact lens fit would be irresponsible of the eye doctor because there are risks to getting an incorrect contact lens fit, even if there is no prescription involved (as mentioned above). Even if only worn for a day, you will want to have a contact lens that is as comfortable as possible and will not cause unnecessary irritation and other eye problems. Another part of the contact lens fit is ensuring that you can insert and remove the contact lenses without damaging or injuring your eye.

The Wide Range - Price And Availability

So now that we have gone over why you should not just go with the cheapest option available, let us go over why you might see quite the considerable price range even amongst more quality colored contact lenses. Even with standard optical, prescription contact lenses, there are a variety of different types and styles to choose from. From dailies to a monthly lens, from spherical to toric (dealing with the shape of the eye), they come in a wide variety of options to try to find the best option for each and every patient.

So not only will there be a possible high price for a non prescription colored contact lens, or "plano" as we like to use in the industry, prescription colored contacts will run even higher.

Spherical lenses are more common than toric lenses. This deals with the shape of the lens and the eye. But to get the right prescription available, manufacturers are more limited on what designs are available in this type of lens. So if you are looking to get a prescription colored contact lens, it is important to note that you are going to be more limited as far as design option. These prescription lenses are more expensive than plano lenses.

Even more complicated than spherical lenses are toric lenses (lenses for stronger astigmatism.) The shape of this lens is even more difficult to do with complicated designs. So if your prescription requires a toric lens, you will have even less options to choose from as far as design goes. These lenses are also known to be the most expensive due to the shape of the eye.

In Summary

The health and well-being of your eyes are important. Our advice is that cheap short term fun with cheap colored contacts is not worth the long term risks to your eyes. If you want to use colored contacts, there is a way to do them, just do it safely. See your eye doctor, get a contact lens fit, and pay more to ensure you do not risk the health or comfort of your eyes.

We at Choice Eye Center are happy to answer any more questions you have regarding colored contacts and lenses. Currently, you can order high quality colored contact lenses through us. Call us today to schedule a contact lens fit examination. To get your contacts before Halloween, orders must be placed by October 16th.

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ery time you go to the eye doctor one of the first things they do is check your visual acuity. Your visual acuity is the sharpness of letters or images at a fixed distance according to a fixed standard.

Let’s break it down in terms that are easier to understand.

We all have heard the term 20/20 but what exactly does it mean.

According to the Snellen chart, 20/20 is the standard for normal vision. The Snellen chart is used in the United States by eye doctors, (optometrists and ophthalmologists), as well as other doctors. There is no such thing as perfect vision. (The only person that has perfect vision is Superman.)

The Snellen chart was developed by Herman Snellen, a Dutch Ophthalmologist, in 1862. The chart is based off of a distance of 20 feet and lines of letters that are a specific size with the largest one on top, gradually getting smaller at the bottom. According to the Snellen chart, 20/20 means you have normal vision at a distance of 20 feet.

This picture might clear that up.

Patient A has 20/70 vision so they are only able to read line 3 on the Snellen chart at 20 feet away. Patient B who has 20/20 vision can read the same line at 70 feet away.

Here is a video that also explains it. What is 20/20 Vision?

Stop by for your FREE visual acuity screening Tuesday - Friday from 10am - 6pm.

Text us to schedule your next complete eye exam 801-987-8698.

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Do you have either of these eye conditions?

  • Lazy eye (amblyopia)

  • Crossed-eyes (strabismus)

When you're reading do any of these things happen?

  • You often lose your place

  • Words go in and out of focus

  • You struggle retaining what you’ve read

If you answered yes to any of these questions you could benefit from vision therapy. Vision Therapy is a customized treatment to improve and strengthen a person's vision and how your eyes work together and with your brain. Most often vision therapy is done with children but anyone who has any of the above mentioned issues may be able to improve their vision and ability to read by one of many custom treatment plans. Vision therapy is designed to treat the vision problems that glasses alone can’t fix. These are some Vision Therapy techniques:

  • Eye tracking using computer games. This uses your eyes as the mouse to accomplish tasks in computer games. This may sound simple but it is actually very effective in getting your eyes working together and it’s fun.

  • A Marsden ball is used to focus on something finite and add movement while maintaining focus on the same thing. Our Marsden ball hangs from our ceiling and is white with letters randomly all over it.

  • Stereo viewers are used to find depth. Both eyes have to be working together to see the 3D image. Many eye doctors will do a stereo test on children as part of their routine eye exam.

  • Life saver cards are clear cards that have green circles that look like lifesavers on one side and red circles on the other side. Together the circles make a V shape. These cards are designed to get the eyes working as a team to see a phantom circle in between the 2 circles.

There are many other techniques that are used in vision therapy; these are just a few. The keys to making vision therapy work for you are: working with an Optometrist trained in vision therapy, following the plan, repetition, and consistency.

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