Contact Lens Evaluation
Benefits of Having Contact Lenses
Technological progress in the design and manufacture of contact lenses has made this an extremely popular option for many of Rosin Eyecare’s patients.
Contact lenses have three distinct benefits: freedom from having to wear glasses (aesthetics), improved vision clarity for many, and imoproved visual performance in physical activities. Without glasses on your face, you’re free to enjoy all of these things in new ways.
While some of our patients view contacts as a cosmetic enhancer to free themselves from glasses, they are still medical products, that are placed in contact with your eyes and you shouldn’t take wearing them lightly. At Rosin Eyecare our doctors will professionally fit first-time contact lens users, as well as take the time necessary to instruct new wearers about how to care for your new lenses. Your eye doctor will schedule a follow up appointment with you to make sure that your eyes are adapting to the contact lenses appropriately.
Not sure if contacts are right for you? This brief overview may help familiarize you with these little lenses.
The Story of Contacts
Scientists and optometrists have toyed with the idea of contact lenses for centuries, but it wasn’t until the late 1800s that they were manufactured with much success. In 1887, Adolf Gaston Eugen Fick—the German ophthalmologist credited with inventing the contact lens—produced his first successful model. Fick made his lenses out of blown glass, testing them on rabbits before humans. Until the 1930s, glass contacts were the standard. In 1936, however, lenses made from a combination of plastic and glass took the scene. Finally, in the late 1940s, the PMMA corneal lens was invented and quickly rose to popularity. Even today, contact lenses change design as newer, more comfortable lenses are developed.
Rosin Eyecare was one of the first practices in the U.S. to adopt corneal contact lens technology, as Dr. Sorrel Rosin was one of the first optometrists in Chicago or anywhere else to offer contact lens services to his patients. Today, Rosin Eyecare continues to offer the latest technology in contact lenses from daily disposables, silicone hydrogel contact lenses and multifocal contact lenses. Our experts at Rosin Eyecare can handle the most difficult contact lens situations, including Keratoconus patients, post-refractive surgery patients, post-corneal transplant patients, and patients who have encountered corneal trauma.
Your Initial Exam
Unfortunately, not everyone is an ideal candidate for a contact lens prescription. At Rosin Eyecare before your optometrist fits you for lenses, you need to undergo a comprehensive eye examination. This ensures that your eyes are in good enough health to wear contact lenses, as certain conditions—even difficult-to-detect ones—preclude the wearing of contacts. When your exam is complete, your eye doctor will be able to determine which types of contacts are best for your eyes.
Finding Contact Lenses That Fit
Contact lenses come in a wide variety of, styles, colors and materials, so it’s very important that you and your optometrist find the ones that best suit you. That in mind, at Rosin Eyecare, we dedicate as much time as it takes to find you the pair that fits best. Most patients only need to be fitted once, but in some cases, it takes multiple appointments to determine which type of contact lens is most appropriate. We take the extra time to make sure that you get the right lenses, and your eyes will thank you—your lenses will look and feel better, and your eyes will perform better than ever.
Contact Lens Training
If you’re nervous about wearing contacts for the first time, don’t be. At any of our convenient Chicago or suburban optometry offices, we’re committed to helping you learn how to put in and take out your contact lenses. Our technicians give you one-on-one lessons in how to use and properly take care of your contacts. Need more than one session to feel extra confident? Don’t worry—we’ll happily schedule another training session, free of charge. Once you know the ropes, you’re free to start wearing your contacts when you’re ready, and we’ll set up a follow-up appointment to see how your eyes are taking to them.
Checking Back In
At Rosin Eyecare ,we believe in being thorough when it comes to the health of your eyes, so after you start wearing your contact lenses, we’ll schedule a follow-up appointment to check on your progress. This helps to make sure that your eyes are responding well to the lenses and you feel comfortable with them. Any follow-up appointments you need during your first six months with your lenses are part of your initial fitting fee package.
Contact Lens Technology
Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lenses
Silicone Hydrogel materials are used to make contact lenses with the highest oxygen permeation available to patients. These lenses can be worn for extended periods of time in some patients, even up to 30 continuous days. Silicone Hydrogel lenses can also allow some patients to wear contact lenses during the daytime even when they can’t wear other types. They aren’t for everyone, though, so ask your Rosin Eyecare doctor if these highly breathable lenses are right for you.
Daily Disposable Contact Lenses
Offering the greatest level of convenience, daily disposable contact lenses are affordable, easy to wear and hygienic. Today’s daily disposable contact lenses are great for teens, athletes, patients with allergies, people who travel frequently, and anyone who wants to eliminate the need to clean and re-use a contact lens. Ask your optometrist if daily disposable contact lenses are right for you.
Multifocal Contact Lenses
Multifocal and bifocal contacts offer patients the convenience of having both distance and reading vision in a single lens. Just like bifocal glasses, these lenses allow you to continue your active lifestyle without having to fumble f
or reading glasses to read off a menu, scorecard or computer screen. Ask your eye doctor if these lenses are a good fit for your prescription needs.
Buying Contact Lenses
Rosin Eyecare offers all brands of contact lenses, including those manufactured by CooperVision and Bausch & Lomb.
Ordering Contact Lenses
Once your optometrist has fitted you for contact lenses, you can order them whenever you want. You can order up to a one-year supply. We feel it important to examine your eyes at least every 12 months to make sure that the contact lenses are helping you see clearly and to make sure that there are no issues with the fit of your lenses. Often times the fit can change over a 12 month period and many issues you may be encountering are often asymptomatic – meaning your eye’s may feel fine but the lenses may not be fitting appropriately. For that reason, you can’t order more than a 12-month supply. If you prefer, we can provide you with a written prescription, which will expire 12 months past your most recent exam. Rosin Eyecare offers most major manufacturers’ brands of contact lenses, including those by Ciba Vision, CooperVision and Bausch & Lomb. We also offer lenses designed for a variety of eye conditions like keratoconus and astigmatism.
Ordering Contact Lenses Online
If you are considering ordering your contact lenses online, please consider the following:
– Are you selecting the correct contact lens that your doctor prescribed?
– Are you entering your contact lens prescription correctly?
– What happens if you get the wrong lenses sent to you?
– What will you do if something happens to your lenses?
– What if you have a complication?
Contact Lenses at a Chicago Area Rosin Eyecare
At Rosin Eyecare our team of optometrists with convenient office hours in and around Chicago and suburbs offer the best brands in contact lenses, along with:
- Regular specials, rebates and promotions that help you save more
- Everyday value pricing on the biggest names in contact lenses
- Most orders of 12 month supplies qualify for free shipping directly to your home
- Exams available from professional eye doctors at all of our Chicago and suburban locations
- We’ll make sure that your order is the accurate prescription and brand every time, guaranteed
- Best of all we are happy to offer you the convenience of occasional free replacements for torn contact lenses at any of our Chicagoland locations.
You don’t get benefits like these when you order online! Order your contacts from any Chicago land area Rosin Eyecare for service you can count on when you need it.
Professional and clinically on target. My wife finally has received excellent care after being examined at Rosin. Highly recommend. Thank you.
I loved my visit here. I had a great doctor and I highly recommend her. She made the visit easy and smooth but was very detailed in her work. She was very open to my suggestions and gave me lots of options as far as lenses and gave me advice on how to improve my eyesight. The best visit with an Optometrist that I have ever had!