Contact Lenses

Corrective contact lenses in Greensboro, NC

Contact lenses provide an alternative to glasses that doesn't have to sacrifice on visual acuity or comfort. At Digby Eye Associates, we provide a wide range of lens options to correct most common vision problems. Gone are the days when your choices were limited to hard and soft contacts. Now you can gain independence from your glasses from the help of Dr. Digby and his professional team.

Synergeyes

Synergeyes is a breakthrough in lens design that allows for optimal vision and comfort in the wearer. The rigid permeable gas center provides outstanding optics, while the soft contact lens skirt stabilizes the lens against toric rotation and guards against irritating debris from accumulating. Hybrid contact lenses are an excellent all-round solution for correcting most common ophthalmological issues. We offer the following:
  • SynergEyes A - this lens is ideal for treating astigmatism, with its increased stability against rotation.
  • SynergEyes Multifocal - the alternative to bifocal and multifocal glasses. Retains the ability to focus near and far away without the bulk.
  • Duette - the newest model, this lens corrects myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism to a high degree even at night. Comfortable, clear.
  • ClearKone - a lens that contours to the conic shape of an eye affected by keratoconus. An option where few others suffice.
  • Synergeyes PS - these special-made contact lenses provide optimal vision for eyes that have been injured, are recovering from surgery or have scar tissue.
Carlsbad, CA – SynergEyes, Inc. the developer of ClearKone® , the FDA-cleared hybrid contact lens specifically designed to treat keratoconus, has launched a new educational website, www.treatkeratoconus.com, for patients seeking information and treatment options for the eye disease keratoconus.


Soft contact lenses

Soft contact lenses provide versatility for the budget-conscious patient. As the most popular lenses worldwide, they provide exceptional comfortable and security for active lifestyles. Soft lenses are effective in correcting myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia (age-related loss of close-up vision.
We sell three types of soft lenses:
  • Daily wear - inexpensive lenses to be used daily for a duration dependent upon the manufacturer.
  • Extended wear - Unlike many types, these lenses can be worn while sleeping, only needing to be removed once a week for disinfection.
  • Disposable - these lenses don't need to be disinfected, and can be used daily, weekly, or monthly before being discarded. Ideal for infrequent wearers of contacts or for disinfecting solution intolerances.
Woman with contact lens-Greensboro, NC

Scleral lenses

While normal contact lenses only cover the cornea of your eye, scleral lenses extend to the whites of your eyes. This affords increased stability and comfort for patients with sensitive eyes or irregularly shaped corneas. It is recommended to follow standard contact care procedures, and avoiding sleeping with scleral lenses in at night.

You can learn more about these lenses at the Scleral Lens Education Society.

The Scleral Lens Society

Visit our FAQ page, or call (336) 230-1010 to learn more about which contacts are right for you!

Multi-focal lenses

Patients with more active lifestyles have an alternative to bifocal and multifocal glasses. Presbyopia and astigmatism can be addressed with soft, gas permeable (GP) and hybrid lenses. The hybrid lens combines the wearability of soft lenses with the visual acuity of the GP lenses, and is a great modern option that offers the best of both worlds. 

The inability to focus on objects that are near caused by age can also be addressed with the monovision lens approach. Each lens only has a single power, and utilizes your dominant eye for your distance vision and your non-dominant eye for near vision. While this is a popular and cost-effective option, you may experienced diminished depth perception and may have to move your head position more frequently to see clearly.
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Keratoconus

Keratoconus or "KC" is a progressive, non-inflammatory eye condition that can cause significant blurring, distortion and sensitivity to light. The collagen in your eye thins out, and the normally round dome shape warps into a cone-like bulge. The treatment depends on the stage, ranging from the use of eyeglasses or soft lenses to deal with early onset symptoms (nearsightedness and astigmatism) to the use of rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses along with intacs and intracorneal rings to correct the problem. In advanced cases, corneal transplants may eventually be necessary. 

We recommend the Synergeye ClearKone or Scleral lenses for patients with keratoconus struggling to find the right fit.

Nearly 1 out of every 2,000 people will contract Keratoconus. Learn more at the National Keratoconus Foundation.

Lens care

It is important to change your contacts out on time. The natural proteins, lipids and mucin found in the your tear film of your eye (along with other external irritants) can accumulate to create a thin haze over the lenses. Not only can this fog your vision, but your immune system may detect a foreign buildup and dispatch antibodies to combat it - causing irritation, itching and redness. Be sure to make a schedule and stick to it to prevent these unpleasant symptoms from appearing.

To get the most out of your lenses and minimize discomfort:
  • Always wash your hands before removing or inserting contacts
  • When removing the lens, place it in the proper disinfecting solution
  • Replace your lenses according to the doctor’s instructions (daily, weekly, monthly, etc.)
  • Do not over wear your lenses
  • Replace your lens case every 3 months
  • Rest your eyes often with a good pair of glasses

Contact Lense FAQ


Q: What types of contact lenses are available?
A: We prescribe daily and extended wear disposable soft lenses, tinted soft lenses, rigid gas permeable lenses, astigmatism lenses, bifocal lenses and monovision lenses.

Q: Do contact lenses hurt?
A: Some patients will experience a minor awareness the first time they wear lenses. This usually goes away within one day. In most cases, patients do not feel their lenses at all.

Q: I have astigmatism. Can I wear soft contact lenses?
A: In most cases, yes. There have been many recent advances in contact lens technology. Some of the new lenses on the market allow many astigmatic patients to wear soft lenses that were unable to in the past. These lenses provide superior stabilization on the cornea which corrects astigmatism better than many of the older soft toric lenses.

Q: I have great distance vision, but I wear reading glasses. Are there contact lenses available for me?
A: Yes! We have bifocal contact lenses which correct both eyes for distance and near. We also fit monovision, which corrects one eye for distance and one eye for near. These lenses work well in about 85% of patients.

Q: I used to wear contacts, but my eyes were too dry for them. Are there any new lenses that would help me?
A: Yes. We now have lenses that are specially formulated for dry eye patients. These lenses are made of a new material that doesn’t dry out as readily and provides longer sustained comfort to increase wearing time.

Q: Why must I have an exam every year to renew my contact lens prescription?
A: A federal law was passed in 2004 that requires that all contact lens prescriptions expire one year from the date of issuance and that in order to renew a prescription, the patient must receive an eye exam.

Q: Why is there a contact lens evaluation fee in addition to the standard eye exam fee?
A: Contact lens patients require additional testing and monitoring over and above what is done during a routine eye exam. Contact lenses are medical devices and even though they may feel fine, there are health risks that must be taken seriously.
In order to renew your contact lens prescription, your doctor performs the following tests on a yearly basis. These procedures are not part of a standard eye exam.
Corneal topography – a digital colormap of the surface of the cornea to monitor shape and curvature, which may be affected by contact lens wear.
Slit lamp microscope examination of the contact lens on the eye to check the lens fit.
Slit lamp microscope examination of the cornea, conjunctiva and eyelid tissues, to check the eye health and to look for adverse effects from contact lens wear.
Contact lens refraction to determine the correct contact lens prescription power (contact lens prescriptions are different than eyeglass prescriptions)?
Review new lens designs and materials that may improve comfort and/or health.

Q: Why are there different fees for different types of contact lens fits?
A: Different lenses require different tests and varying amounts of time and expertise in order to fit properly. Obviously a more complicated fit requires more time and skill and therefore is charged a higher fee.

Q: Is it ok to sleep in my contact lenses?
A: Some contact lenses are approved for overnight wear, but only with the express permission of your eye doctor. Sleeping in lenses that are not approved for overnight wear increases your risk for infections, ulcers, neovascularization, and other serious eye problems. If you’d like to sleep in your contact lenses, we’d be happy to fit you in a lens that is FDA-approved for overnight wear.

Q: Do I need to replace my lenses on schedule even if they feel fine?
A: YES! Contact lenses have an “expiration date” after they’ve been exposed to the eye. They are unable to provide adequate resistance to bacteria and protein deposition after the specified time. This dramatically increases your risk of eye infection and ulceration. Continuous over-wear of your contact lenses can lead to problems which could require you to discontinue contact lens wear temporarily or permanently

Q: Why do I need to have a pair of glasses if I wear contact lenses all the time?
A: It is important to have a “backup” pair of glasses in case you could not wear your contacts for any reason. If you were to lose or tear a lens, you should have glasses to wear until you could get a replacement. Also, if your eyes ever get red, itchy, irritated, or have any discharge, you should take your contacts out and wear glasses until you can be seen by an eye doctor. You should not wear contact lenses when you are sick (i.e. with a cold or flu) because you have an increased risk of spreading that infection to your eyes.

Q: How important are sunglasses for my eyes when I’m wearing contact lenses?
A: Very important. Sun lenses, specifically those with 100% UVA and UVB protection are essential for all outdoor activity. The UVA and UVB rays are as harmful to your eyes as they are to your skin. This is why you should always have on sun wear, even if you’ll only be outdoors for a short time. Also, sun lenses reduce glare and increase contrast, which provides more crisp and comfortable vision while in the sun.

Q: Are there colored contact lenses available?
A: Yes. Colored contact lenses are available for most prescriptions. Lenses are available in a variety of colors and tints. If you’re interested in colored lenses, please inform the technician so that we can determine if you can be fitted in these type of lenses.

Q: What are the benefits of daily disposable contact lenses?
A: Daily disposable contact lenses are a healthier and more convenient option for contact lens wearers. With the single use wear design, you never put the same lens back on your eye. Thereby reducing the risk for eye infections, deposit build up, and solution sensitivity. It is convenient to patients since it eliminates the need for solution and keeping track of replacement schedules.

Keep your lens care schedule on track

Remembering to change out your current lenses or reorder new ones on time can be made easier with the help of these handy smartphone apps:
  • Lens Tracker LE - iOS
  • Contact Lens Tracker - iOS, Android
  • My Contact Lens - iOS
  • Contact Lens Reminder - iOS
Siri and Google Now are incredibly versatile voice-activated tools that also allow you to create reminders for yourself - no additional app required!

You can also manage your contact lens maintenance and reorder routines with these easy-to-use tools:

Is it time for new contact lenses?

Give us a call at:
Greensboro Office (336) 230-1010 | High Point Office (336) 454-2020

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