Dr. Benjamin Gates, OD specializes in toric and multifocal contact lens fits. Toric contact lenses are made for people with astigmatism. Multifocal contact lenses provide vision correction for patients with presbyopia, who would normally wear bifocals, trifocals, progressive lenses, or reading glasses. Monovision is another method of contact lens correction available for these patients. As your family eye doctor, he will discuss the available contact lens options with you and make recommendations based upon your personal visual needs. Dr. Gates will work to find the right contact lenses for each patient, even if it takes a few extra attempts to find those perfect lenses.
Have Issues with Your Contacts? We Have the Solution!
Patients are often hesitant about trying contact lenses for the first time or have been told in the past that they were not the ideal candidate for contact lenses. Many patients come to us with common misconceptions or issues related to contacts, including:
- You can’t wear contacts due to astigmatism
- Your only option for contacts would be hard lenses or gas-permeable lenses
- You assume you can’t wear contacts due to needing bifocals
- You’ve given up on wearing contacts because of difficulties inserting or removing them, or overall irritation
- You primarily wear glasses and would like to try contacts for special occasions, but are hesitant due to costs
Luckily, there are solutions to all of these issues and Dr. Gates is ready to spend time working with you to address your individual needs and concerns.
Dry Eyes and Irritation
If your contact lenses feel too dry or irritating, he has suggestions to help increase the comfort. If your eyes become irritated, inflamed, or infected, Dr. Gates has the training and expertise to take care of you to help restore your eye health. If your vision is not perfect, he knows how to make adjustments to the contact lens prescription to help improve your eyesight.
To learn more about Intense Pulsating Light Therapy (IPL) to treat dry eyes, visit our dry eyes page.
Inserting and Removing Contact Lenses
If you are interested in trying contact lenses for the first time, or the first time in a long time, or if you want to see if you can switch from irritating gas-permeable contact lenses into soft contact lenses, we will take the time to teach you how to insert and remove the contact lenses from your eyes. If you need additional help, we invite you to come back in again until you are confident in your abilities. Trying to insert and remove contact lenses can be extremely frustrating for first-time users. We are here to give guidance and support, along with helpful tips and instructions. We will also make sure to give you proper training on hygiene and contact lens care.
If you have an interest in wearing contact lenses, but you have reservations for whatever reason, Dr. Gates and the staff at Carytown Optometry will take the time to answer all of your questions and address all of your concerns. It is our goal to make you as happy as possible, and the way we do that is by getting you to see clearly and by putting forth the additional effort to make sure that you do.