Contact Lenses

Our Optometrists can help you find the best contact lenses for your lifestyle.

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See clear again.

New advances in contact lens technology allow most people to successfully wear contact lenses, even those with astigmatism or bifocal requirements. You will quickly recognize that we go beyond the “one size fits all” approach to contact lenses and understand the importance of personal attention when it comes to your vision and comfort.

Leverett Eye Care will work with you to determine the best type based on your lifestyle, the shape and health of your eye. In most cases, you’ll be able to leave with lenses on the same day as your exam. We’ll teach you how to place the lenses in your eye as well as how to remove them. This is often the most intimidating part of trying contact lenses for the first time. Our staff is patient and knowledgeable to walk you through it all step by step.

RGP Lenses

For those patients that have had a difficult time finding lenses that provide good enough vision for their lifestyle, there are RGP or “hard” contacts. These lenses do provide better vision in most cases, but are usually a bit more diffcult to adjust to comfort wise. There are many patients in these lenses that are completely happy and unwilling to switch to soft contact lenses.

Silicone Hydrogel Lenses

Another category of lenses that are fairly new to the market are the silicone hydrogel lenses. These lenses can provide many times more oxygen to the eyes compared to other category of lenses. These lenses are actually providing some patients with a second chance to remain in soft contact lenses. If there is a significant risk of failing ocular health due to lack of oxygen to the cornea, then these lenses may provide the needed oxygen and therefore may extend a patient’s ability to remain in soft lenses.

Some of the most popular soft contact lens brands available today are:

Contact Lens Fitting

A good contact lens fit starts with a thorough eye exam to ensure the most up-to-date prescription and rule out any pre-existing conditions that could interfere with contact lens wear or put you more at risk for complications due to wearing contact lenses.

After the initial fitting, we follow up with you and make any necessary changes in fit or materials to give you the best comfort and vision. We teach all our patients proper contact lens care and also possible consequences if proper care is not taken. Then we continue with long-term follow up at least yearly to monitor the condition of the lenses, eye health and to ensure that proper hygiene is being maintained to prevent complications.

Bausch + Lomb Zenlens Scleral Contacts

If you have been told you are not a candidate for contact lenses, let us see if we can help. Scleral lenses are ideal solutions for people with dry eye disease, keratoconus, and other corneal irregularities following refractive surgery.

At Leverett Eyecare, we have the expertise necessary to get you seeing your best! 

If you want to wear contact lenses but have had trouble wearing them in the past — or you’ve been told you are not a good candidate for contacts — scleral contact lenses may be the solution you are looking for. Because of their size, scleral lenses are more stable on the eye than conventional GP lenses — so they are less likely to accidentally dislodge from the eye. This stability also can make them more comfortable than conventional GP lenses; scleral lenses provide initial comfort similar to soft lenses, especially for sensitive eyes or irregularly shaped corneas.

A routine exam won’t provide some of the measurements and testing that are required to determine if your eyes are suitable for contact lens wear and to generate your contact lens Rx.  We carefully examine the structures of your eye as well as your history of conditions such as dry eye and allergies.  We also have instrumentation to show us the shape and curvature of your corneas to insure that we determine the best fit of your contact lenses.  Not all lenses fit everyone the same way, and a poor fit can cause problems with comfort, vision, and eye health.  Part of our job is to help your future vision, not just your present vision.  We want your eyes to be healthy for many years to come.
Our doctors will thoroughly evaluate your visual needs, prescription, and long term eye health to determine which brand and type of contact lens combines for you the most convenient, comfortable, and healthy contact lenses available.