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What are contact lenses?

Contact lenses are small, thin discs made of plastic, silicone, or other materials that are worn directly on the eye to correct vision or for cosmetic or therapeutic purposes. They are a popular alternative to eyeglasses, as they do not obstruct the wearer's field of vision and can be more convenient and comfortable for certain activities.
There are two main types of contact lenses: soft lenses and hard or rigid gas-permeable (RGP) lenses. Soft lenses are made of a flexible, water-containing material that conforms to the shape of the eye and are usually more comfortable to wear than RGP lenses. They are available in a variety of prescriptions, including those for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, and can also be worn for cosmetic purposes to change the color of the eye.
RGP lenses are made of a hard, gas-permeable material that allows oxygen to pass through to the eye. They are more durable and provide better vision correction than soft lenses, but may take longer to adjust to and may be less comfortable for some people.

If you are looking for a contact lens exam or having difficulties finding a contact lens that provides both great vision and comfort, call us to schedule a contact lens exam and contact lens fitting today at (360) 491-2121. We are proud to be a leading provider of advanced contact lens services for patients from Olympia, Lakewood, Tacoma, and Lacey.
Below are some resources to help you start the process of determining if contact lenses are right for you and your unique eye care needs.

Why is it important to schedule a contact lens appointment?

Contact lenses are available by prescription only and are a medical health device which should be fitted and prescribed by an eye care professional. It is important to follow the prescribed wearing and care instructions provided by our eye doctors to ensure the health and comfort of the eyes. This may include using specific cleaning and disinfecting solutions and replacing the lenses according to the prescribed schedule. 

Contact lenses can have some potential risks and complications, such as infection, inflammation, and dry eye. It is important to practice good hygiene and follow the prescribed care instructions to reduce the risk of complications. Regular eye exams are also recommended to ensure the ongoing health and comfort of the eyes while wearing contact lenses.

One of the benefits of having regular contact lens exams is to ensure that our eye doctor can tell you about the latest contact lens designs, materials, and innovations which can provide improved vision and comfort.

Hard to Fit Contact Lenses and Medically Necessary Contact Lenses

Contact lens technology has continued to evolve, and there are now contact lenses available that can help manage certain eye conditions, such as keratoconus, myopia progression in children or dry eye. Furthermore, contact lenses can be a great solution for people suffering from corneal problems related to post surgery complications, autoimmune diseases, and severe dry eye. There are also contact lenses that can be used to deliver medication to the eye or as bandages when an eye has been injured.
Many times a patient will be told that contact lenses are not right for them. Just because you are classified as “hard to fit,” does not mean that contact lenses are ruled out as an option for you, we have success at our contact lens center in Olympia fitting many patients that have been told that they are not a good candidate for contact lenses. Learn more about your options.
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Contact Lenses as a LASIK alternative

Orthokeratology (OrthoK), also known as corneal reshaping (CRT), gentle vision shaping (GVSS), or overnight vision correction, is a non-surgical procedure that involves wearing special gas-permeable contact lenses while sleeping to gently reshape the cornea, much like a retainer gently reshapes the teeth. While it reshapes the cornea at name it corrects vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The lenses are removed during the day, allowing the wearer to see clearly without the need for glasses or other visual aids.
Orthokeratology can be a good alternative to LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) surgery for people who are not suitable candidates for LASIK or who prefer a non-surgical approach to correcting their vision. It can provide temporary vision correction and can be a good option for people who need vision correction only on a part-time basis, such as athletes or people who only need vision correction while driving or reading.

Daily Disposable Contact Lenses

Daily disposable contact lenses provide you with the vision correction of contact lenses without requiring cleaning and maintenance of other types of contact lenses. Learn more about what daily disposables bring to the table.
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Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a very common vision issue, and one that contact lenses are increasingly used to correct. Learn more about your options here.
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Contact lenses are an increasingly popular option for vision correction these days, for a variety of reasons. However, there are still plenty of questions about the different varieties of lenses, their functions, and what they are best used for.
Below are some resources to help you start the process of determining if contact lenses are right for you and your unique eye care needs.

Daily Disposable Contact Lenses

Daily disposable contact lenses provide you with the vision correction of contact lenses without requiring cleaning and maintenance of other types of contact lenses. Learn more about what daily disposables bring to the table.

Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a very common vision issue, and one that contact lenses are increasingly used to correct. Learn more about your options here.

Contact Lenses for Presbyopia

Just because you’ve developed presbyopia as you age doesn’t mean you have to slow down. Contact lenses can allow you to continue living an active lifestyle while providing the assistance you need. Learn more here.

Are Your Contact Lenses Uncomfortable? What to do About it

There are several possible reasons for contact lens discomfort. Learn more about them, so you know how to best approach the issue if it arises.

Colored Contact Lenses

For cosmetic purposes only, or can they help? Whichever purpose is relevant for you, there are things you should know in order to make an informed purchase.

Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses

Just like glasses, both bifocal and multifocal contact lenses are available. Learn more about your options here.

Contact Lens Care

Your contact lenses may take care of your eyes, but you in turn have to take care of them. Learn the dos and don’ts, so that you get the most possible use out of your contacts.

Guide to Your Contact Problems and Issues

In order to maintain our ocular health, we require periodic examinations from optometrists to prevent, detect, and treat diseases and complications, including those involving motor visual and cognitive deficits.

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Such a nice optician. My grandson is only 4 and needs glasses. We were so sad, but he explained the issues, and we will follow up as he suggested.


Anna P.

I had such a good experience with the clinic. Very friendly staff and doctor, did not have to wait for long to be called, and was treated respectfully. Thanks, American Family.


June S.

Dr. Zurcher has gone above and beyond what any other eye doctor has ever done to figure out what is going on with my eyes. Very happy with American Family Vision.


Christine R.

Family Vision Clinic changed our lives! My daughter was frequently car sick, and she was getting headaches every day, often painful enough that they brought her to tears. We saw a string of doctors and therapists, but we made no progress. Finally, we found Dr. Levi Zurcher and his eye therapist Rain. After ten weeks of eye therapy my daughter no longer gets headaches, and she no longer gets car sick. Daily tears are a thing of the past. I really can’t say enough about this clinic. It was fascinating to watch Dr. Zurcher work. For the first time, someone who knew what they were doing was intently studying my daughter, really trying to figure out all of her eye issues, and his therapist Rain is one of the most patient and lovely people that I’ve ever had the good fortune to meet. We’re finished with eye therapy—yay!—and I have switched to American Family Vision Clinic for all of my family’s other eye health needs.


Lars Wulff

Very professional, yet kind and helpful. They do what they can to make the appointment comfortable. I was running a bit late, I made sure ti call. They were able to switch me with a patient who was already there, they treated me with respect, and helped my son have confidence by getting him the eye care he needed that day. Thank you so much! Would recommend to anyone. It's a blessing that they care enough to work with people who have all different types of insurance from work to state coverage.


Justin E.

The staff is friendly. The Doc is very knowledgeable. The office is family friendly and everyone is so patient with the little ones.


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