Professional Eyewear Fitting
by Certified Opticians
In addition to providing comprehensive eye care services, Wichryk Eye's optical boutique features a unique collection of eyeglass frames that are hand-picked for the diverse specifications of our patients. Their board certified opticians, who have created a loyal following of patients over the years, strive to not only educate patients about their visual needs, but also to help find that "perfect pair." Adjustments and repairs for frames purchased in office are always welcome, and outside prescriptions can easily be filled on premises.
When visiting the optical center, patients will be seen by an experienced optician, who will help them in choosing frames. When choosing a frame, many factors are taken into consideration, including personal style, prescription, facial shape, and hair/skin tone. Wichryk Eye focuses on quality pieces, with most of their frame designers manufacturing in Italy, France, Denmark, Japan, Austria, and other parts of Europe. Whether you are looking for the latest technical, lightweight frames from Oakley or a luxury brand like Dior that makes you feel glamorous, Wichryk Eye has you covered. Sunglasses and sports protection glasses are also available for prescription, as well as frames for petite faces, teens, children, and infants.
Choosing the Right Lenses for Eyeglasses
Choosing the right lenses for a prescription is just as important as finding flattering frames. Many options are available today, but accurate, unbiased information from professionals you can trust helps to make this decision easier. Lens designs, materials, and attributes will be discussed between the patient and optician. For patients with presbyopia, there are many options such as progressives, bifocals, or a near-variable focus lens for computer use. Both children and adults are encouraged to choose polycarbonate lenses for their durability, but there are other materials available to make a lens thinner, flatter, and lighter. For optimal vision and comfort, Wichryk Eye strongly urges their patients to purchase an Anti-Reflective (or AR) component to their lenses. This attribute allows light to pass directly through the lens to the eye, giving the patient better acuity. Some AR products, like Crizal, also give an added benefit of scratch resistance and hydrophobic properties which keep the lens cleaner.
A contact lens is a thin, convex disc that floats on the surface of the eye, providing vision correction. With advances in optical technology, most people can use contact lenses, regardless of the type or extent of their vision problems. This includes patients with astigmatism, and those who need bifocal or multifocal lenses. In some cases, however, contact lenses are contraindicated.
Types of Contact Lenses
There are several varieties of contact lenses. The distinctive features of each offer a wide range of options.
Soft Contact Lenses
There are three basic types of soft contact lenses.
Daily-wear soft contact lenses are the most popular type of contacts available. Made of a flexible plastic polymer, daily-wear lenses are put in each morning and taken out each night. Daily-wear contacts come in many colors and typically last about 1 year.
Extended-wear soft contact lenses can be worn all the time, including while sleeping. Depending on whether a person has 7-day (standard) or 30-day lenses, the lenses need to be taken out and cleaned once a week or once a month. This is done to give the eyes a rest, and reduce the risk of a corneal infection. Extended-wear lenses are made of soft silicone that retains moisture longer than daily-wear contacts. This allows more oxygen to reach the eye, preventing the buildup of bacteria and protein.
Disposable soft lenses are intended to be discarded and replaced after they have been worn for a certain period of time. This makes them even easier to maintain than regular soft contacts. Many disposable lenses are designed for either replacement every morning, every two weeks or every month. Daily-wear disposables are worn during waking hours only, while extended-wear disposables can be worn during sleep as well.
Choice of lens is based upon doctor recommendation and patient need.
Rigid, gas-permeable contacts have several advantages, including the following, over soft lenses:
- Correction of a wider range of vision problems
- Sharper vision than with most soft lenses
- More oxygen flow through to the eye, reducing risk of corneal irritation
- More durability than soft lenses, and less prone to deposit buildup
Because they are much harder than flexible contacts, gas-permeable lenses take some getting used to when they are first worn. They are also more likely than soft lenses to slip off the center of the eye and require adjustment, making them an inconvenient choice for patients who play sports or participate in other vigorous activities. Most patients, however, grow accustomed to the feel of gas-permeable lenses, and are satisfied with the improvement in vision they offer.
Contact Lenses for Dry Eyes
With advances in optical technology, most people can use contact lenses, regardless of the type or extent of their vision problems. This is true even for patients with dry eyes who previously found that contact lenses intensified the symptoms of their condition, making them even more uncomfortable.
In addition to dry eyes, people who suffer from chronic dry eye may experience redness, itchiness, burning and watering of the eyes. Often, wearing contact lenses can exacerbate these symptoms as well. There are currently new types of contact lenses and contact lens care products available that allow people with chronic dry eye to comfortably wear contact lenses.
Contact lenses made of a lens material with a higher water content may be an effective option since they provide more moisture for the eye's surface. There are also special dome-shaped scleral contact lenses that rest on the sclera, or white part, of the eye. These lenses have a pool of saline solution lying underneath, continuously bathing the dry eyes and reducing irritation and itchiness. Gas permeable contact lenses are also an option because they require less moisture to stay comfortable. Silicone hydrogel lenses may also be effective because they enable more oxygen to reach the cornea, and can reduce redness and discomfort caused by dry eye.
Supplementing contact lens wear with lubricating eye drops can also help to reduce the symptoms of dry eye. Changing cleaning and disinfecting products may also improve patient comfort by keeping contacts moist and comfortable.
Wichryk Eye Associates offers a comprehensive array of contact lenses to suit their patients' needs. Prescriptions are required for all contact lenses.
Athletes of all skill levels need to keep their vision in top shape as well as their bodies. Not only is good vision needed to clearly see the ball coming, it can affect depth perception, hand eye coordination, reaction time, and peripheral vision.
An eye care professional can determine how well your visual system is working and make recommendations for improvements if necessary. Your doctor may suggest eyeglasses or contact lenses for use in sports and the correct type of protective eyewear for your sport. You may also be advised to begin a vision therapy program made up of customized eye exercises designed to increase the strength and performance of your eyes. Various sports place emphasis on a different aspect of your vision, and your doctor can tailor a plan to enhance and build on the particular areas your favorite sport requires.