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 daily cleaner approved for soft contact lenses. Never use tap water to rinse or store your lenses.
With the pad of your ring finger, gently rub the entire lens in a circular motion against the palm of your hand. Be sure to thoroughly clean the front and back of the lens and then rinse it well with a preservative-free saline solution such as LacriPure from Menicon.
Store your lenses in either a hydrogen peroxide system OR multi-purpose disinfecting solution.
The recommended replacement schedule for Duette lenses is every six months.
It is important that you always follow your eye care professional’s instructions. Based on your individual needs, your eye care professional may recommend a different replacement schedule.
Always wash your hands with mild soap and dry them well with a lint-free towel before handling the lenses. It is a good idea to handle your lenses in the same order each time to avoid getting them mixed up.
Putting in Duette lenses is just like putting in a soft contact lens.
Place the lens on the tip of your finger. A drop of preservative-free lubricant can be added to the bowl, if desired.
Pull down on you lower lid and gently place the lens on your eye. Slowly release your eyelid and blink several times.
Remove lenses with very dry fingers and a narrow strong pinch.
Using one hand, pull your upper lid back.
Using your finger on the opposite hand, pull down your lower lid gently.
Place very dry fingertips at the 5 and 7 o’clock positions on the lens and apply slight pressure; wait for a 1, 2 count and then roll fingertips together and back toward the palm of the hand to remove the lens.
Fingers need to be dried with a lint free tissue or towel between each removal attempt.Rubbing fingers together until heat is felt from the friction will also ensure fingers are completely dry.
Disinfection Systems: Use chemical (not heat) disinfection systems (Multi-Purpose or Hydrogen Peroxide* solutions), as recommended by your eye care professional.
Daily Cleaner: The standard of care for contact lenses recommends using a daily cleaner approved for soft contact lenses.
Rewetting Drops: If needed, use rewetting drops approved for soft contact lenses, as directed by your eye care practitioner.
*In some patients the tear chemistry may react with the hydrogen 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.
Be sure to clean your UltraHealth lenses each day prior to overnight storage.
Use a daily cleaner at the end of the day. Place the lens bowl side up in the palm of your hand and apply the cleaner. With the pad of your ring finger gently rub the lens back-and forth. Be sure to clean both sides of the lens. Then rinse the lens with a preservative-free saline solution such as LacriPure from Menicon.
For disinfection, use chemical (not heat) disinfection systems (Multi-Purpose or Hydrogen Peroxide solutions), as recommended by your eye care professional.
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.