ABOUT Contact Lenses
If you have certain types of vision impairments, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or age-related vision loss, the opportunity to have the problem diagnosed and managed in one place makes things really easy. The optical shop at inVision Ophthalmology Birmingham has the latest vision technology and an optical laboratory where we are pleased to offer our patients prescriptions in an hour or less, as well as a fantastic inventory of common and specialty contact lenses. For Birmingham, AL residents who need contact lenses as soon as possible, we maintain an ample stock of the most common diameters and prescriptions so you will be able to have them in hand the same day. Our professional team is here to ensure that you select the best contact lenses for the perfect fit and style.
What are the benefits of contact lenses?
Contact lenses are often preferred because they offer many benefits over traditional glasses. Since the lenses are not mounted on your face and sit directly on your eyes, they give you a wider field of vision and don’t fog up in cold weather. Contacts are also ideal for anyone who participates in sports and other activities where glasses could be a hazard. If you are self-conscious about wearing glasses or simply want to try a new look, contact lenses are an excellent option.
Who Is A Candidate for Contact Lenses?
As soon as we've finished a complete eye evaluation, we will go over whether contact lenses or eyeglasses are the appropriate treatment for your vision impairment. For many individuals, contacts are the most suitable way to get their best vision. In addition to convenience, contact lens technology has made a lot of recent gains. Several of the most frequently requested types of contacts we prescribe include daily wear, single-use, multifocal, and HD contact lenses. Furthermore, modern contact lenses are easier to wear now than ever, with most contact lens users reporting zero discomfort.
HOW TO GET CONTACTS
Once you've had a thorough eye exam, we can talk about whether contact lenses or eyeglasses are the most effective solution for your vision impairment. For many people, contacts are the most convenient way to have their sharpest vision. Beyond convenience, contact lens functionality has made numerous recent strides. A few of the most preferred types of contacts we offer include daily wear, single-use, multifocal, scleral, and astigmatism contact lenses. Plus, current contacts are comfier now than ever with nearly all contact lens wearers feeling no discomfort. During your vision evaluation and consultation, our team will assist you in making the best choices for your specific needs and goals.
"She was very thorough and patiently explained any questions or concerns I had. The friendly staff was a big plus for me also."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Apr 30, 2023
"Great doctor. My son has been going to her since he was 3 years old. He is very near sighted. He is 15 years old now."- C.L. / Google / Jul 31, 2022
"I recently had an eye exam by Dr. Stephanie Bedsole. To start, I have a very complicated prescription. I have astigmatism, double vision, and dry eyes. I wear progressives with a prism (for the double vision) and a rotation for astigmatism.While my previous eye doctors have been competent it is Dr. Bedsole’s going over and above mere competence which allows her to stand out over and above other optometrists. To begin with, Dr. Bedsole answered several emails and questions I had even before I made my first appointment with her.Dr. Bedsole provided a very thorough eye exam. She answered all of my questions and at no time did I feel rushed. She double-checked my prescription once with my eyes not dilated and once with them dilated. Seriously, she performed the entire eye exam TWICE. At every stage of the exam, I asked her question after question. She very patiently and with expertise answered every question. She not only understood one issue I was having with the eye exam and knew exac"- B.D. / Healthgrades / Jul 30, 2022
"The office is clean and inviting. The staff was attentive and kind. The doctor was an expert in dry eyes and explained my condition and treatment plan very well. With her help and expertise I am able to wear contacts again! Best eye doctor in Tuscaloosa."- A.B. / Google / Jul 19, 2022
"I had RLE on both eyes three weeks ago and I’ve never seen this well in my life. From “coke bottle” glasses in the 2nd grade, to years of uncomfortable saucer-like contacts, to 20/20 vision today, this is a game changer. I am truly grateful for Dr. Choi and his staff. In addition to skill and professionalism, they are kind and personable."- C.M. / Google / Mar 20, 2022
What can I expect after getting contacts?
Typically for patients who decide on contacts, our team will set up a follow-up in a few weeks to make sure that the contacts fit well and are working appropriately. Please note, however, that these follow-up assessments never serve as regular comprehensive eye exams. These need to occur at least every two years. At complete eye exams, we will monitor the overall condition of your eyes, along with your prescription, to see if it should be updated.
Contact Lenses FAQ
Is it OK to wear contact lenses every day?
Yes, it typically is, unless you are experiencing an eye condition like redness, irritation, or an active eye infection. There are multiple contact lens options for daily wear. However, you should always practice proper cleaning and hygiene when using contact lenses.
How long can you usually wear contact lenses?
It depends on what type of contact lenses you have. Daily wear contacts should be removed when you go to sleep at night, making their average wear time about 14 –16 hours. Extended-wear contacts are usually safe to wear overnight and can be worn for up to 1 – 4 weeks. At inVision Ophthalmology Birmingham, we will give you complete care and wear instructions for your contact lenses.
Is the prescription for eyeglasses the same for contact lenses?
No, it is not. Both eyeglasses and contact lenses correct vision, but the prescriptions are not the same. This is due to the fact that the lenses of eyeglasses sit in front of your eyes while contacts are placed on the eye. For this reason, a contact lens prescription includes more information about the curvature and width of the lens.
Do contact lenses cost more than glasses?
Yes, they typically do. This is because contact lenses will need to be replaced over time depending on which type you choose to wear. Non-disposable contact lenses are usually more affordable while disposables can be a bit more expensive due to the frequent need to replace them. Eyeglasses, on the other hand, typically only need to be replaced every 1 – 3 years, depending on how often your vision changes.
Dependable Clear Vision
Your best vision is virtually one appointment away. Certain vision issues, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and presbyopia, can cause a lot of frustration, but all of them are very treatable. We don't want anyone to need to strain for clear vision when dealing with their usual tasks. We invite you to call our Birmingham, AL office and schedule a consultation. At inVision Ophthalmology Birmingham, we are happy to help you get your best vision.
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