Contact Lenses Specialist

Urban Eye Care

Jennifer Andrews, OD

Optometrist located in Seattle, WA

According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 45 million Americans wear contact lenses every day. If you’re interested in contact lenses or need an updated prescription, visit Jennifer Andrews OD at Urban Eye Care Seattle. Dr. Andrews has more than 25 years of experience providing effective vision care — including contact lenses and glasses — for children and adults in the Seattle area. To schedule an eye exam and contact lens consultation, call the office or request a visit online today.

Contact Lenses Q & A

What kinds of contact lenses are available?

Dr. Andrews at Urban Eye Care Seattle offers a complete selection of contact lenses for all types of vision problems. To determine which types of contact lenses are right for you, Dr. Andrews performs a comprehensive eye exam to determine what type of vision problems you have, like nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, and which type of contact lenses are best for your lifestyle.

Specialized contact lens options include:

Myopia control lenses

Myopia control lenses are multifocal lenses that may slow the progression of myopia and the associated elongation of the eye.

Toric lenses

Toric lenses are a type of soft contact lens that is custom made for the specific shape of your eyes when you have astigmatism. It may take a couple of different prescriptions to find toric lenses that fit you perfectly.

Scleral lenses

Scleral lenses are large lenses that fit over your cornea with a reservoir for fluid which can prevent dry eyes and be worn comfortably when you have an irregular cornea or other eye problems that may otherwise prevent you from wearing contact lenses.

Dr. Andrews works with you to find the best contact lenses for your needs while also maximizing comfort and ease of use.

Is there a difference between daily wear and extended wear contact lenses?

Yes, extended wear contact lenses are made of different materials which make it possible for them to be worn overnight if desired. The FDA provides recommendations about how long extended wear contact lenses can be worn before being removed for cleaning and replacement. Some brands can be worn continuously for seven days while others can be worn up to 30 days.

Disposable lenses may also be an option if you want to avoid the need for regular cleaning or you travel often and risk losing your contact lenses or forgetting to bring your contact lens cleaning solution. Dr. Andrews takes all of these factors into account when recommending the best contact lenses for your needs.

How can I avoid problems with my contact lenses?

Following good hygiene habits when removing and putting in your contact lenses is the best way to prevent eye irritation and infections. Always wash your hands before and after touching your eyes and contact lenses and use the right type of cleaning solution for your lenses. Dr. Andrews provides recommendations about how long to wear your contact lenses and how often they need to be replaced.

To get a new contact lens prescription, schedule an appointment online or by phone at Urban Eye Care Seattle now.