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Contact Lenses – Belmont, MA

See Clearly With Unnoticeable Contact Lenses

If you aren’t a fan of the idea of having to wear eyeglasses that can restrict your movement and activity, you may be a better candidate for contact lenses. Dr. Ajoian offers a variety of different types of contact lenses to fit your unique needs, including extended and daily wear ones. To learn more about options for contact lenses in Belmont, MA, contact our office today!

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Contact Lens Materials

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The first factor to consider when choosing the best contact lenses for your eyes is what type of material would best meet your unique needs. There are five primary types of lenses that you can choose from, which are listed below.

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Soft Lenses

Made from gel-like, water-containing plastic, soft lenses are thin, pliable, and comfortably mesh with the surface of your eye so you won’t notice they’re there.

Pair of silicone hydrogel lenses

Silicone Hydrogel Lenses

Silicone hydrogel lenses are more porous and easily allow oxygen to reach the cornea to prevent dry and itchy eyes. First introduced in 2002, they’re currently the most popular prescribed lenses in the nation.

Pair of gas permeable lenses

Gas Permeable Lenses

Known as GP lenses, gas permeable contacts are more rigid. They’re still porous and allow oxygen to pass through them, making them comfortable. They often produce sharper vision than soft and silicone hydrogel contacts, but may take some time to adjust to wearing.

Pair of hybrid contact lenses

Hybrid Contact Lenses

Hybrid lenses are made to be comfortable and clear. They’re a perfect middle ground between gas permeable and silicone hydrogel lenses. These can be more expensive to replace than other options, but offer a variety of advantages.

Daily Contact Lenses VS Extended Lenses

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Depending on your needs, you can choose between daily or extended wear lenses. Daily wear ones must be removed every night to ensure the health of your eyes and give them a much-needed break. Extended wear contacts may be worn overnight at the direction of your optometrist in Belmont, but only for a certain period of time.

Understanding the Cost of Contact Lenses

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Before you get contact lenses to correct your vision, you’ll naturally want to know how much you can expect to pay for them. Contacts tend to cost more than glasses, but the exact price can vary depending on several factors. Our team will explain these factors to you so that there aren’t any unwelcome surprises when the time comes to pay. We will also help you look for ways to make fitting contacts into your budget less stressful.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Contact Lenses

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To figure out the overall cost of your contact lenses, we will need to consider:

  • The brand of contact lenses that have been selected, and the material used to make them
  • How long hte lenses are meant to last (a day, a week, a month, and so on)
  • THe strength of your prescription
  • Whether you have a condition like astigmatism
  • Any unique features such as colored lenses

In general, the average cost for an annual supply of contacts for a nearsighted person is between $200 and $300. We can give you more exact numbers after we’ve had a chance to examine your eyes.

Are Some Contact Lenses More Expensive?

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Different patients have different needs, and the price of your contacts will reflect that. As such, the answer is yes, some types of contact lenses are more expensive than others; however, you can rest assured that any recommendations that we make for your contact lenses will be based on what’s truly necessary for your vision.

Does Insurance Cover Contact Lenses?

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Contact lenses typically fall under your vision insurance rather than your regular medical insurance. Generally speaking, when you use vision insurance for contacts, you’ll need to pay a small fee (also known as a co-pay) out of pocket.

Please bear in mind that most vision plans have a maximum amount that they’re willing to pay for contacts and other services you might need during a given 12-month period. Normally, you can only expect your insurance to pay a certain amount for your contacts, leaving you to cover the remainder. If you’re not sure how much coverage is available under your vision plan, you should reach out to your insurance carrier to confirm the details.

Other Options for Making Contact Lenses Affordable

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Patients who don’t have vision insurance can sign up for our wellness plan. Under said plan, you can enjoy a 50% discount on your first contact lens exam of the year as well as a 15% discount on your contact lens fitting.

We also offer financing through CareCredit as another way to make paying for vision care easier. With CareCredit, you can choose a payment plan that breaks the cost of contact lenses (and other services you might need) into easier-to-manage monthly installments.

lease reach out to our practice today if you’d like more details about our wellness plan or our available financing options.

Contact Lens Features

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Many people aren’t aware that contact lenses can be used not just to provide you with sharper vision, but also to achieve cosmetic results and help treat common conditions, such as dry eyes. Below, we’ve included some different lenses that we offer.

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Contacts for Dry Eyes

For people with dry eyes, contacts can be uncomfortable to wear. Softer more porous lenses are specially made to reduce your risk of dry eye symptoms and keep you comfortable.

Patient placing colored contact lens

Colored Lenses

We offer different colored contact lenses to enhance the natural beauty of your eyes. For example, to help make your blue eyes pop more, we can provide you with blue colored contacts.

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Prosthetic Lenses

Colored lenses can also be utilized to help an eye that has been disfigured or injured look more like your other eye. That way, you don’t have to feel self-conscious about your appearance.

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UV-Inhibiting Lenses

To help protect your eyes from the harmful effects of UV rays over time, you can get UV-blocking contact lenses. Just like the eyeglass lenses, these help reduce your risk of conditions such as macular degeneration and cataracts.

Our Contact Lens Store

Do you already have a contact prescription from Dr. Ajoian? Do you need to order your new contacts? You can now quickly and conveniently order them from anywhere. After your visit with Dr. Ajoian, all you have to do is click on the link below to our contacts store and create an account. Then, you can shop for the lenses you need. The process really is that simple!  

Contact Lens Store

Contact Lenses FAQs

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Are you thinking about making the switch to contact lenses? You may still have some unanswered questions, so we’re here to help. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive about contact lenses in Belmont. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, don’t hesitate to give us a call to learn more.

How long does it take to get used to contact lenses?

This all depends on the individual and the type of contact lenses that are chosen. Most people find soft contacts – hydrogel or silicone hydrogel lenses – comfortable right away. If you choose rigid gas permeable contact lenses or hybrid lenses, it may take a little bit more time to grow accustomed to them – sometimes a few weeks.

Can a contact lens get lost behind my eye?

While this is a common fear that people have, it isn’t a situation that occurs. At worst, you could have trouble finding it under your upper eyelid if you rub your eye and dislodge it from its proper position. If you are unable to get it out on your own, give us a call so Dr. Ajoian can help.

Can I sleep in my contact lenses?

This depends on the type of contact lenses you are wearing, so you should ask your optometrist. Other factors that play a role are the composition of your tear film and your general eye health. Certain types of lenses can be slept in, but you should never wear lenses while you sleep unless your eye care practitioner says you can.

Who can wear contact lenses?

Contact lenses are available for most prescriptions. In fact, children as young as eight years of age have been shown to adapt to, handle, and care for contacts. However, maturity, personal hygiene, and motivation on the part of the child are very important factors to consider when assessing suitability for wearing contact lenses.

Can I wear contact lenses while playing sports?

Yes, you can. In fact, most sports medicine specialists recommend them over eyeglasses. They can enhance depth perception and peripheral awareness. They also stay in place more easily and provide a wider visual field than glasses. Contacts also make it easier to wear protective goggles if necessary.

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