Contact Lenses

LASIK & Cataract Surgeons serving Gurnee, River Forest & Chicago

Contact lenses are the preferred method of vision correction for many people. Whether you wear contact lenses for cosmetic reasons or athletic activities, successful contact lens wear depends on a team effort involving patient, technician and doctor. Our technicians are highly skilled and have years of experience fitting all types of contact lenses.

The risk of complications or infections is minimal with contact lenses if they are properly cared for and if the patient has regular follow-up care. However, not all patients can wear contact lenses based on individual medical conditions or refractive error. In some instances, glasses are the best option for vision correction.

Based upon your eye examination, the technician and doctor will determine if you are a candidate for contact lenses and will recommend the type of lens that would best meet your needs. Call 708-771-3334 or 847-249-4660 for service in the River Forest or Gurnee areas of Illinois.

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It is very important for you to understand that contact lenses are a prescription device regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The fit and power of the lenses must be evaluated on the eye to determine the final lens specifications and actual prescription.

Patient Selection

Based upon information gathered during your initial exam, the technician will help you determine the best lens for you. Not all patients can wear contact lenses and a successful outcome is dependent on the following factors:

  • Understanding the risks and benefits of contact lens wear.
  • Compliance with follow-up visits.
  • Ability to tolerate adaptive symptoms during the trial fitting process.
  • Proper care of the lenses and use of proper solutions.

Conditions such as severe allergies, low tear production (dry eyes), or chronic eye infections can make it difficult for you to wear contact lenses. If you have one of these conditions or a similar problem, your doctor will discuss your options with you.

Contact Lens Types

Soft contact lenses are available for almost all types of visual correction. The program and lens you choose can be customized to suit your lifestyle and visual needs.

Lens TypeReplacement Schedule
Traditional Daily WearReplace every year
Planned Lens ReplacementReplace every 1-3 months(depending on lens type)
Disposable Daily WearReplace every two weeks
Disposable Extended WearReplace weekly
Disposable Single Use LensesWear when you choose and disposed daily
  • Initially more comfortable and easier to adapt to than rigid lenses.
  • Higher risk of eye infections, without proper disinfecting.
  • Seldom pop out of the eye or slip off-center, making them a good choice for sports.
  • Vision may not be as sharp as with rigid lenses.
  • Less likely than rigid lenses to trap particles under the lens.
  • Can’t be used with some medications.
  • Available as disposable lenses.
  • Do not correct for high amounts of astigmatism as well as RGP.
  • May rip or tear.
  • Can be more expensive to maintain.