Contacts

A Glasses Free Look to Better Vision

Did you know that for some vision problems, including astigmatism, contact lenses may provide better vision correction than glasses? Today's contacts can replace bifocals, and many people wear different contacts for work and play.

At Ives Eyecare Center, we help you learn all the ways in which contacts can make your vision correction more comfortable and more effective using prescription contact lenses.

Ives Eyecare Center has one of the largest daily disposable contact lens practices in Western Pennsylvania. The Ives team is skilled in fitting multifocal and astigmatic daily disposable contact lenses. These contact lenses are the healthiest, most convenient, and comfortable contacts you can wear. With most solutions to buy and the largest rebates int the area, we can offer you the best quality and lowest prices around.

In addition to fitting soft lenses, Dr. Alexa Ives is also skilled in fitting specialty hard contact lenses for those with corneal irregularities that prevent adequate vision with standard glasses or soft contact lenses. She is certified to fit EyePrint specialty scleral lenses as well as MiSight lenses for pediatric patients who are at risk for progressing Myopia (nearsightedness).

Contact lenses have come a long way and are much more versatile than in the past. Consult with your eye doctor if you are interested in a Contact Lens evaluation today!

Better than Online Purchases

You may be surprised to learn that we’re not more expensive than the big box stores when it comes to contact lenses! We can often beat their price while providing you with the highest quality, personalized care. By utilizing special rebates available to us, we can often beat online sales too!

We also provide extra lenses in case of loss or damage and we can exchange lenses as your prescription changes at no additional charge.

Contact lenses have come a long way since they were first mass produced in the 1970s. Today, soft lenses can serve for most prescriptions, including astigmatism. They are comfortable to wear and easy to care for. Depending on the type that is best for you, soft contacts are replaced on a monthly, weekly, or daily schedule.

We often recommend soft contacts for sports enthusiasts because they are more difficult to dislodge during athletic activity.

A new type of soft contact lens called silicone hydrogels offer high oxygen permeability, allowing more oxygen to reach the cornea. This makes them ideal for people who wear their lenses for extended periods or who work under conditions that may cause eye irritation
Scleral Contact Lenses (Large Rigid Gas Permeable)

For some patients, adequate vision correction cannot be obtained through standard glasses or soft contact lenses. Scleral lenses are a large Rigid Contact lens that vaults the corneal surface to block out surface irregularities to provide clearer vision. In many cases, theses lenses are medically necessary and may be covered by your vision insurance.

Who qualifies for these lenses?

Patients suffering from Keratoconus
Severe Dry Eye
Corneal Ectasia/Complications post LASIK
Post Corneal Graft


Corneal Reshaping:

(Orthokeratology) Remember how many times you’ve been told not to wear your contacts at night? With corneal reshaping we fit you with special contacts you DO place in your eyes overnight. This is a good technique for patients with mild nearsightedness. It helps your cornea reach its perfect shape overnight, giving you clear vision during the day without wearing anything at all!

Corneal reshaping is a temporary effect, and you must continue to wear the contacts and night to maintain the vision improvement.

Where Can I Learn More??

Schedule a consult with Dr. Lexie Ives if you believe you may benefit from specialty contact lenses. We can provide financing options as well as information for Medically Necessary coverage.
Gas permeable lenses are made of moderately flexible plastic. They can correct for most vision problems and often deliver the best vision result. GP lenses are more durable than soft contacts, but they do require a longer period of adaptation and consistent wear to be effective. We will be glad to consult with you in determining if GP lenses are the right contact lenses for you.
Today’s contact lenses are amazing in their ability to offer multifocal options, just like bifocal or progressive lenses in regular glasses. Multifocal contact lenses offer both near vision and distance correction for added convenience and freedom. Multifocal options are available in both soft and gas permeable lenses.
When it comes to fashion, did you know contacts can be used to enhance your eye color, or even change it completely? Color contacts can be a fun choice and they are available in models and styles appropriate for both light and dark eyed persons.

*Color contacts do not come in all prescriptions and may not be appropriate for all patients.

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