Contact Lenses in Joplin, MO
We Offer Eye Exams & Fittings, and a Complete Selection of Contacts
Many people prefer the comfort, clarity and convenience of contact lenses over eyeglasses. Nowadays, advanced technology and modern materials have led to the manufacture of many different types of contacts. That means there’s a pair of contacts out there to suit almost every vision prescription and eye condition! At Coleman Vision, we look forward to fitting all members of your family with the perfect contact lenses in our friendly office in Joplin, MO.
Contact Lens Eye Exam
Our eye doctor will examine your eyes thoroughly before fitting you with contact lenses. A contact lens eye exam checks more than basic vision testing or eye check-ups. We’ll inspect closely for any pre-existing conditions that may impact wearing contacts. Our Guaranteed Contact Lens Fit includes a complete eye examination and corneal slit lamp exam. In addition, we’ll use cutting-edge technology to measure your eyes precisely for contact lenses. If you have a complex vision prescription or eye condition that makes you a hard-to-fit patient, we’ll take as much time as necessary to find the ideal contacts. When it comes to providing you with quality vision, our caring optometrist will never rush or take shortcuts!
Types of Contact Lenses
We stock our Joplin, MO, store with a wide range of contact lens types to satisfy the visual requirements of all our patients. Each type offers different features and it own set of pros and cons.
Specialty Contact Lenses
Our Joplin, MO, patients who are diagnosed with astigmatism, keratoconus, or presbyopia are always pleased to hear that comfortable contact lenses are still possible! An extensive variety of specialty lenses allows our eye doctor to prescribe appropriate contacts for even the most challenging ocular conditions. Depending upon your unique needs, we may recommend toric lenses for astigmatism, SynergEyes hybrid lenses or scleral lenses for keratoconus, or bifocals/multifocals as an efficient way to see clearly with presbyopia.
Other specialty contact lenses include cosmetic tinted lenses and theatrical cosmetic masking lenses. These contacts can give you a whole new and interesting look!
The major contact lens companies are constantly releasing newer variations of contact lenses to provide solutions for more patients. In the past few years there has been great improvements in contact lens technology for dry eye sufferers. Contacts designed to reduce dry eyes are usually made of more breathable materials and include specific designs that improve the natural wettable nature of the lens reducing a need for eye drops. Recently contacts that are designed to reduce eye fatigue from computer usage by incorporating mid range viewing have also been released.
Soft Contact Lenses
There are many reasons why soft contact lenses are the most popular choice in the US. For starters, they typically feel great within seconds after you insert them into your eyes for the first time. Composed from a flexible material that conforms smoothly to your eyeball, soft contacts are effective for many vision prescriptions and conditions. Many people with nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia and astigmatism enjoy the superior experience of wearing soft contact lenses.
Soft lenses come in disposable, daily wear, and extended wear versions:
- Disposables are worn throughout the day, and removed and discarded at night – so they never need rinsing or disinfecting. People who don’t wear contacts daily appreciate the incredible versatility of disposable lenses! Weekly and monthly types are also available.
- Daily wear soft contact lenses are worn during daytime, removed at bedtime, rinsed and sterilized.
- Extended wear lenses can be kept in your eyes while sleeping, generally for one week at a time. You need to disinfect them only once a week, which raises the risk of eye infection.
CRT & Ortho-k Contact Lenses
Orthokeratology, better known as ortho-k, describes the process of wearing specialized contacts while asleep. These lenses gently reshape your cornea and correct refractive error. Ortho-k lenses are removed upon awakening, yet the effects of these Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) lenses last a few days. During that time you’ll enjoy crisp vision with no eyewear during the daytime hours! CRT lenses offer a convenient, revolutionary way to achieve crystal-clear eyesight with no eyewear or surgery.
Ortho-k is also used successfully for myopia control. If pediatric eye exams lead to a higher vision prescription for your child every year, our eye doctor may advise ortho-k. Safe for kids, many studies have shown that ortho-k can successfully slow or stop the progression of nearsightedness in children.
Ortho K contact lenses have the additional benefit of being a great options for people who work in jobs that contacts or glasses can be a hazard but require clear vision. Examples of jobs that benefit from Ortho K contacts are; police and firemen, construction workers, and sports players.
Hard, Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses (GP)
Many hard-to-fit vision prescriptions are treated best with hard, rigid gas permeable contact lenses. When soft contacts don’t give crisp vision or comfortable wearing, hard lenses are often a great alternative. They boast high oxygen permeability that makes them breathable – thereby lowering the risk of ocular infections.
It can take a short adaptation period until hard lenses feel comfortable, and they must be sterilized every night. When taken care of properly, the life span of durable hard lenses is usually longer, lasting up to a few years.
Multifocal Contacts For Myopia Control
Myopia has been getting a lot of press lately due to the rapid increase of cases. From 1970-2004 the frequency of myopia almost doubled to roughly 42% of the US population. In many Asian countries 80-90% of school aged children have myopia. While Ortho K is a fantastic treatment option to reduce the progression of myopia, another option has recently become more popular. Multifocal contacts that are designed specifically to defocus the peripheral vision to reduce myopic progression. Multifocal contacts for myopia control are daily disposable which reduces the rate of infection and the need to clean them. A major study of contacts in children aged 8-12 showed that they were overwhelmingly favored by both the child and parent. The benefits cited in by the participants were: ease of use, improved self esteem, improved visual ability, and decreased risk of eye injury.
Multifocal Contacts For Presbyopia
Presbyopia is a natural part of aging that begins to occur in middle age even with people who had no previous vision related issues. As the eye ages, the lens hardens and looses elasticity, this makes it harder to perform near vision tasks such as reading a newspaper. Two things people commonly associate with presbyopia is; holding reading materials further away and wearing reading glasses. Thankfully advances in contact lens technology have allowed the 1 billion people with presbyopia a much better option. Multifocal contacts provide an excellent solution, without having you feel older than you are. So no more of your "mothers reading glasses", talk to us about multifocal contacts for presbyopia.
Maximize your savings on your contact lenses by purchasing an annual supply!
Special Manufacture rebates available through Coleman Vision Center. Contact us today to schedule and order your new lenses!
Follow-Up Eye Care for Contact Lenses
If you’ve been wearing lenses for years, eye exams are an important part of our excellent, professional eye care services. Please call to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor to ensure that your eyes are healthy and no complications have developed from your contact lenses. Sometimes a change in your prescription or type of contacts is necessary.
If you’re interested in starting to wear contact lenses of any type, we invite you to come in for a detailed eye exam with our expert optometrist! We warmly welcome new and returning patients to our Joplin, MO, optometry clinic.
Choosing the right eye care professional is essential to help insure patients vision, comfort and overall eye health during the contact lens fitting. To make sure you have a positive experience we offer a Guaranteed Contact Lens Fit which includes a comprehensive eye exam, detailed corneal slit lamp exam and proper lens fitting. In addition to individual instruction for insertion and removal of the lenses, as well as cleaning, care and a proper wearing schedule. Follow up care is essential to insure you have been fit in a contact lens that fits you personal needs and overall eye health. We are happy to service you and all your family members contact lens needs.
- Daily wear and extended wear lenses
- Disposable, soft, frequent replacement, and conventional lenses
- Astigmatism and Bifocal lenses
- Multifocal contacts for Presbyopia and Myopia control
- Cosmetic and theatrical tints
- Orthokeratology (myopia reduction with contacts)
- CRT (Corneal Refractive Therapy)
- Post surgical contact lens
- SynergEyes (hybrid contact lenses)
- Specialty and difficult to fit patients
- Gas permeable contact lenses