Bradford Optical offers a wide variety of contact lenses to fit any lifestyle. If you are interested in contact lenses, but have never tried them or have been unsuccessful, we encourage you to consult with the doctors about what lens options may work for you.
There are a number of reasons why you might prefer contact lenses to standard eyewear: a glasses-free look, hassle-free vision correction, wearing non-prescription sunwear and goggles, or the convenience of not having to worry about misplacing your glasses. If you have a high prescription or astigmatism, contact lenses may provide more enhanced vision correction than glasses. Today, you can even replace your bifocal glasses with bifocal contact lenses.
Your eye care provider can recommend the best contact lenses for you based on a complete eye examination and a review of your visual needs both at work and play. Since most people can wear more than one type of lens, it’s important to know what the choices are and the advantages and disadvantages to each.
One of the most commonly asked questions when scheduling an appointment is “What is the contact lens evaluation and fee?”. This is a fee that covers the professional time of the doctor and the office staff that is above and beyond the time it takes for a basic eye exam and includes assessment of the fit of the lens with special attention to movement and centration of the lens on the cornea as well as its effect on the cornea, eyelids, conjunctiva and tear film.
In addition, contact lens sales are regulated by both the FDA and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Federal regulation sets a one year expiration date on contact lenses, unless special circumstances arise where the doctor feels it’s medical necessary create an earlier expiration date. Therefore, whether a patient is renewing a prescription or a first time wearer, they must have an annual contact lens evaluation and consultation in addition to the basic eye exam.
These lenses are comfortable to wear and must be replaced monthly, weekly or daily depending on the type you choose. Soft lenses are often recommended for sports because they fit closer to the eye and are more difficult to dislodge. They can provide correction for most prescriptions including astigmatism. Today, with the introduction of newer materials like silicone hydrogels, which allow more oxygen to the eye, patients find it easier than ever to wear soft lenses comfortably.
Gas-Permeable (GP) Lenses
Made of moderately flexible plastics, GP lenses offer sharp vision and correct most vision problems. They are more durable than soft contact lenses and can be easier to handle and care for but require a longer adaptation period and consistent wear to maintain adaptation.
In both soft and GP designs, multifocal lenses offer patients both distance and near vision correction just like a pair of bifocal glasses.
Color Contact Lenses
Enhance your eye color or even change it completely. Colored contact lenses are fun and come in a variety of colors for both light and dark eyes.
Silicone hydrogels are soft contact lenses that have high oxygen permeability and are comparable to GP lenses.
Regardless of the type of contact lenses you wear, an annual eye exam is necessary to ensure the continued good health of your eyes. Schedule an appointment for an assessment and advice at Bradford Optical and we will be in touch with you shortly.
How Bradford Optical is different when purchasing contact lenses:
- We offer the most current rebates & fair pricing: Including 10% off an annual supply (cannot be used in conjunction with insurance material reimbursement). Our technician will help you get the most out of the rebates available for your contact lenses and stays current on competitive prices to get you the fairest pricing for premium products offered in our office. Our prices are usually competitive or better than 1800contacts.
- Buy-Back Guarantee: When purchasing an annual supply, you don’t have to worry about having an oversupply of lenses if your prescription changes at your yearly exam. We will exchange any remaining lenses purchased through us to your new and most recent contact lens prescription.
- Extra lenses as needed: You may lose a lens, tear one, or somehow get uneven on your lenses nearing the date of your annual exam. We will provide extra lenses at no charge to get you back on track and even with your supply so you are not extending lenses over the recommended wear time.
- Special eyeglass packages and discounts: Eyeglass packages starting at $99 for frames and lenses so you have an affordable pair of “back-up” eyeglasses.
- Sunglass Special: 20% off any in stock non-prescription sunglasses within 2 weeks of purchase from us of manufacturers recommended contact lens annual supply. Not to be combined with any other eyewear discount.
- Ship your lenses out at no charge: When purchasing an annual supply, you will get the lenses shipped to your home or office at no charge, unlike many other online suppliers.