Progressive contact lenses are like progressive glasses in a contact lens. The lens has a range of powers from near to distance to enable you to see up close, far away and everywhere in between. Unlike progressive glasses, multifocal contact lenses do not require you to tilt your head to find the right spot for seeing at different distances.
Multifocal contact lenses have multiple powers in one lens to correct your vision at all distances: up close, far away and in between. The power in the lens gradually changes from near to distance to provide natural vision at all distances.
Yes, Duette, Duette Progressive and Duette Multifocal correct astigmatism. Unlike soft lenses for astigmatism, Duette lenses deliver vision that is stable and not affected by blinking or shifting your gaze.
Place the lens bowl-side up in the palm of your hand. Rinse your lenses with a soft lens daily cleaner approved for use with silicone hydrogel lenses. Never rinse or store your lenses with tap water.
With the pad of your ring finger, gently rub the entire lens back-and-forth against the palm of your hand. Be sure to thoroughly clean the front and back of the lens and then rinse it well with saline.
Store your lenses in a peroxide system or multi-purpose solution:
ClearCare® by Alcon*
Biotrue® by Bausch & Lomb
Complete® by AMO
renu® fresh™ by Bausch & Lomb
The recommended replacement schedule for Duette lenses is every six months.
*In some patients the tear chemistry may react with the peroxide to cause a permanent white ring at the junction of the rigid center and soft skirt. This ring does not affect vision or comfort.
Choose a method that works best for you. Use either an inserter, or stabilize the lens between your index and middle finger or use three fingers to balance the lens. Fill the bowl of the lens to the top with preservative-free saline to avoid air bubbles.
Lean forward and tuck your chin to your chest. Your nose should be perpendicular to the floor. It may be helpful to place a mirror flat on the counter to look into as you insert the lens.
Pull up on your upper eyelid by placing the fingers at the base of the lashes. Pull down on the lower lid with the ring finger of the hand holding the lens, and gently insert the lens.
As the saline is displaced, the lens will gently settle onto the surface of the eye. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT NOT TO PUSH THE LENS TOO FORCEFULLY ONTO THE EYE or it will be uncomfortable.
It is important to clean and care for your UltraHealth contact lenses. The recommended replacement schedule is every six months, but replacement schedule may vary. Please ask your eye care professional.
Remember to clean your lenses and store overnight in either a peroxide system or multi-purpose solution.
What is the difference between UltraHealth and UltraHealth FC?
The advanced design and materials of both lenses enable a healthy flow of tears and increased oxygen to the eye. Depending on the shape of the corneal irregularity, your Doctor will recommend one lens over the other.
UltraHealth is primarily prescribed to patients with keratoconus, or other irregular cornea irregularities.
UltraHealth FC is primarily prescribed to patients with corneas that are flatter centrally such as Post-Rk, post-surgical, or with other refractive error or trauma.
What is the difference between hybrid contacts and sclerals?
Hybrid contact lenses offer clear and stable vision from a gas permeable (GP) center and comfort from a soft lens material called a skirt. The soft skirt makes the lens comfortable and helps pump tears and deliver oxygen throughout the day.
Scleral contact lenses are much bigger than a hybrid or a gas permeable (GP) lens. Similar to a hybrid, the scleral vaults over the cornea; however, the whole scleral lens is made of a gas permeable material even the portion of the scleral lens that lands on the white part of the eye (sclera). Tear circulation is minimized.
What is the difference between a GP lens and a hybrid?
GP lenses have been prescribed to people with keratoconus for many years. The GP lens is often the answer for people that can’t get good vision out of a soft lens.
A hybrid lens delivers the benefits of a GP lens, but also has several additional benefits. First, the lens has a soft skirt, which makes it more comfortable. The skirt also holds the GP lens in place; thereby preventing the lens from dislodging during activities or sports. The skirt also helps to prevent dirt and debris from getting under the lens.
Yes. Intacs corneal implants are an FDA approved option for the keratoconus patient. They are two small crescents of a contact lens-like material (PMMA) that are implanted on the outer edge of the cornea. One of the primary goals in Intacs in keratoconus is to make the eye again tolerant of contact lenses and to avoid corneal transplantation.