Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are medical devices that require regular care and patient compliance, even those worn for "cosmetic reasons only." Our skill, experience and our comprehensive approach gives you the most competent and thorough contact lens care available.
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The evaluation for contact lenses actually starts at the general examination. We will evaluate your cornea and adjacent tissue as well as the tears for compatibility with contact lenses. Your lifestyle, environment, overall health, past or ongoing problems with eye health and your desire and motivation to wear contact lenses all must be considered. Your prescription is also of primary importance. Although thousands of lenses of all types are available our doctors spend lots of time to fit most eyes and most situations.

Five steps are critical for proper contact lens fitting:

  1. Comprehensive Ocular Examination (within 1 year of fitting)
  2. Contact Lens Evaluation
  3. Diagnostic contact lenses to determine physical, physiological and optical fitting characteristics.
  4. Training or retraining of insertion, removal, proper care and handling of your new contacts.
  5. A series of contact lens follow-up visits to determine from the patient's point of view and from ours that the lens is performing well, the eye is healthy and the vision is good. The lenses or care system may be modified or changed to optimize the physical, physiological and optical findings. We will do whatever is necessary to ensure that you are wearing the optimal lenses for your needs.

Contact Lens Materials

There are, literally, hundreds of different contact lens materials. Each are made of a slightly different type of plastic. Contact lens plastic is porous (like a sponge). In order to determine the recommended replacement for each type of plastic, the FDA has patients wear the lens every day. Then they measure how long it takes for the lens to get "clogged up". Studies show that once the patient starts to feel the lens becoming uncomfortable, the patient's corneas have been deprived of oxygen for about a week. The newer lenses have larger "pores" which is much healthier and allows for much more oxygen to pass through to the eye, but it also means the lens becomes "clogged up" more easily.

The reason why oxygen is important to the cornea is because the cornea is, literally, a dry tissue. If there was water in the cornea itself, the vision would never be clear. It would be like looking through a swimming pool. There are cells which pump water out of the cornea. These cells are fueled by oxygen. If there is a lack of oxygen, the cells stop working and the cornea swells with water. Oxygen is normally delivered to the cornea through the tear film. When you wear contact lenses, the amount of oxygen getting to the cornea is decreased. In some situations, the eye will actually grow blood vessels on to the cornea in order to bring oxygen. If these vessels grow too far onto the cornea, the vision may be affected. New blood vessel growth on the cornea is not healthy and can be a problem if left to continue growing.

Information for New Soft Contact Lens Wearers

Your contact lenses are medical devices with a limited useful life span. Proper care and routine maintenance is necessary for successful wear and good eye health.

Contact Lens Solutions
  • Clean lenses immediately upon removal, before oil, mucous, and other eye secretions become hardened. Soft lenses, being porous, are especially attractive to these contaminants.
  • Use only the solutions recommended by your doctor. If you mix with other solution systems you may damage the lenses or cause eye problems. Do not use gas permeable solutions with your soft lenses.
  • Always use fresh solutions. Discard them after the expiration date.
  • Use fresh solution in the storage case each night. Do not "top off " (re-use) solutions. Topping off (reusing) of solutions could cause serious case contamination potentially leading to sight-threatening complications.
  • Never try to clean your lenses with alcohol or acetone (nail polish remover.) They can damage and sometimes even dissolve lenses.
  • Clean your case daily with hot water and allow it to air dry. Replace the case every 3-6 months.
  • Use only those lubricants and artificial tears that are recommended by your doctor. Some over-the-counter eye drops are not designed for use with contact lenses.
Prior to applying lenses:
  • Always wash and rinse hands thoroughly before handling
  • Do not use soaps that contain creams, perfumes, deodorants or other additives
  • Dry your hands with a clean, lint free cloth.
  • Use of a mirror can be helpful, but is not absolutely necessary. Sometimes a magnifying mirror works best.
  • Short fingernails are easier and safer for applying, removing, and handling lenses.
  • Carefully remove the lens from the case, vial, or blister pack. Always be very gentle when handling your soft lenses. Pinching or creasing them may create weakened areas that ultimately rip.
  • Always inspect a lens for scratches, chips or deposits before applying. Never wear a damaged lens.
  • Rinse the lens well with the recommended solution before you apply it. NEVER use tap water.
  • Make sure the lens is not inverted.
What to expect as you adapt to your soft contact lenses:
  • Mild itching-do not scratch your eyes, especially when your lenses are on
  • Vision may be different than with glasses
  • One eye may see slightly better than the other
  • You may have trouble handling the lenses and it may take a long time to put them in and take them out
Abnormal Symptoms
    (If you experience any of these, remove your contact lenses and call this office immediately)
  • Pain or redness
  • Extreme photophobia (sensitivity to light)
  • Foggy/cloudy vision or haloes around lights
  • Decreased vision that does not clear up, even after removing lenses and wearing glasses
  • You suspect that something is wrong

Information for New GP (Gas Permeable) Contact Lens Wearers.

Your contact lenses are medical devices with a limited useful life span. Proper care and routine maintenance is necessary for successful wear and good eye health. You will be provided with a package of products designed to clean, disinfect and store your lenses.

Contact Lens Solutions
  • Clean lenses immediately upon removal, before oil, mucous, and other eye secretions become hardened.
  • Use only the solutions recommended by your doctor. If you mix with other solution systems you may damage the lenses or cause eye problems.
  • Always use fresh solutions. Discard them after the expiration date.
  • Use fresh solution in the storage case each night. Do not "top off " (re-use) solutions. Topping off (reusing) of solutions could cause serious case contamination potentially leading to sight-threatening complications.
  • Never try to clean your lenses with alcohol or acetone (nail polish remover.) They can damage and sometimes even dissolve lenses.
  • Clean your case daily with hot water and allow it to air dry. Replace the case every 3-6 months.
  • Use only those lubricants and artificial tears that are recommended by your doctor. Some over-the-counter eye drops are not designed for use with contact lenses.
Prior to applying lenses:
  • Always wash and rinse hands thoroughly before handling
  • Do not use soaps that contain creams, perfumes, deodorants or other additives
  • Dry your hands with a clean, lint free cloth.
  • Use of a mirror can be helpful, but is not absolutely necessary. Sometimes a magnifying mirror works best.
  • Short fingernails are easier and safer for applying, removing, and handling lenses.
  • Carefully remove the lens from the case. Always be very gentle when handling your RGP lenses.
  • Always inspect a lens for scratches, chips or deposits before applying. Never wear a damaged lens.
  • Rinse the lens well with the recommended solution before you apply it.
  • Always apply the same lens first, usually the right, to avoid mixing the lenses.
What to expect as you adapt to your rigid gas permeable contact lenses:
  • Tearing-this should decrease as wearing time increases
  • Awareness sensation-especially when you look up
  • Sensitivity to light, wind, smoke and dust
  • Slight redness
  • Mild itching-do not scratch your eyes, especially when your lenses are on
  • Mild fatigue
Abnormal Symptoms
    (If you experience any of these, remove your contact lenses and call this office immediately)
  • Pain or redness
  • Extreme photophobia (sensitivity to light)
  • Foggy/cloudy vision or haloes around lights
  • Decreased vision that does not clear up, even after removing lenses and wearing glasses
  • You suspect that something is wrong

Hot Tips for All Contact Lens Wearers

  • Always re-clean lenses that have dropped on the floor or on your clothes.
  • Apply hair spray, spray cologne before lens insertion or keep your eyes tightly closed until the spray has settled.
  • Avoid harmful vapors and fumes in work areas while wearing lenses.
  • Apply all cosmetics after inserting contact lenses, including lotions and foundations.
  • Keep a storage case and a small bottle of lubricant or saline with you at all times for emergency use.
  • Remove your contact lenses before using the shower, hot-tub or the pool, unless directed otherwise.
  • Do not exceed your wearing schedule and do not wear lenses if they have suddenly become uncomfortable.
  • Do not rub lenses with towel, tissue or shirt tail. The lenses may become scratched.
  • Do not wear your lenses if you have a cold or the flu.
  • Do not sleep in your lenses without your doctor's approval.
  • Never put your contact lenses in your mouth. Saliva contains many microorganisms that can cause serious eye infections.
  • Always have a current set of eyeglasses available.
  • Ask yourself these three important questions each day that you wear your lenses:
    • Do my eyes look good?
    • Do my eyes feel good?
    • Do I see well?

Lens Advantage Program

Convenience: Order lenses by phone, fax or Internet and have them delivered to your home or office at No charge-No shipping fees.

Only available at Los Gatos Eye Care

No Sales Tax: No hidden or added charges

Total satisfaction: Your lenses are guaranteed and your satisfaction is a priority.
Availability: Your lenses are always in stock. Your order will usually ship on the same day. Special orders usually ship within one week, but temporary lenses are always available.

Care: Our doctors provide personalized care. They do the entire fitting and follow-up care for a professional and accurate fit.

Trust: You trust your doctor with all your eye wear needs; include contact lenses in your total eye care program.

Service: We will service your lenses and replace any boxes immediately and at no charge if your prescription changes or you receive defective or damaged lenses.

20% Savings on prescription glasses for emergencies and back-up
20% Savings on high quality non-prescription Sunglasses.

A must for all CL wearers!

Contact Lens Compatible Makeup

Not all make up is compatible with contact lenses. Here is a list we compiled to get you started.

Mascara
  • Almay - Intense i-color, One Coat/One Coat Waterproof, Pure Blends
  • Borghese - Superiore/State-of-the-Art Mascara
  • Clinique - Gentle Waterproof, High Impact, High Impact Curling, High Lengths, Lash Doubling, Lash Power, Naturally Glossy
  • Cover Girl - Lashblast, Lash Exact, Pro All-in-One, Volume Exact
  • Estee Lauder - MagnaScopic, More Than Mascara, Projectionist High Definition
  • L'Oreal - Bare Naturale, Voluminous Mascara (all versions), Double Extend, Telescopic, Volume Shocking, Lash Out, Panoramic Curl
  • Maybelline - Full N' Soft, Lash Discovery, Great Lash, Define-A-Lash, Lash Stilleto, Pulse Perfection, XXL, Volum' Express
  • Mary Kay - All Mary Kay mascaras are approved
  • Max Factor - Stretch & Separate, Lash Lift, 2000 Calorie, Lash Perfection
  • Neutrogena - Healthy Volume, Healthy Lengths
  • Physicians Formula - All Physicians Formula mascaras are approved
  • Revlon - 3-D Extreme, Lash Fantasy, Double Twist

Eye Creams
  • Borghese - Fluido Protettivo, Botanico Eye Compresses
  • Clinique - Repair Wear, All About Eyes, Anti-Gravity Firming Eye Lift Cream
  • L'Oreal - Revitalift Eye, Eye Defense
  • Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Eye Cream
  • Physicians Formula - Luxury Eye Cream

Eyeliners/Eye Pencils
  • Almay - Blendable Eye Pencil, Brow Defining Pencil, Eye Liner Pencil & Liquid, Intense I Color Pencil & Liquid
  • Borghese - Eye Accento Pencil
  • Clinique - Brush-On Cream Liner, Quickliner for Eyes, Eye Defining Liquid Liner, Kohl Shaper, Cream Shaper
  • Cover Girl - Brow & Eye Makers, Perfect Blend, LineExact Liquid Liner, Perfect Point Plus
  • Estee Lauder - Artist's Eye Pencil, Automatic Eye Pencil Duo, Double Wear
  • L'Oreal - Brow Stylist, Infallible Never Fail Eye Liner, Lineur Intense, Bare Naturale Mineral Eye Liner, Pencil Perfect, Telescopic Liquid Eye Liner, Le Kohl Pencil, Voluminous Mistake-Proof Marker Eye Liner
  • Maybelline - Define-A-Brow, Define-A-Line, Expert Eyes, Line Express, Ultraliner Liquid, Unstoppable Eyeliner, Expert Wear
  • Physicians Formula - All Physicians Formula Liners and Pencils are safe for use with contact lenses
  • Revlon - Colorstay Pencil & Liquid

Concealers
  • Almay - Linesmoothing Undereyes, Bright Eyes Eye Base & Concealer, Clear Complexion, Nearly Naked Smart Shade
  • Borghese - Arista Exact Match Concealer, Colour Luminoso Illuminating Wand
  • Clinique - Advanced Concealer, Line Smoothing Concealer, Quick Corrector, Airbrush Concealer, All-About Eyes
  • L'Oreal - Visible Lift Eye Serum Line Minimizing Concealer
  • Neutrogena - 3 in 1 Concealer, Healthy Skin Smoothing Stick
  • Physicians Formula - Concealer 101 Duo, Concealer Twins, Gentle Cover Concealer
  • Revlon - ColorStay

Eye Shadows
  • Almay - Bright Eyes, Pure Blends, Intense I Color
  • Borghese - Shadow Milano Trio
  • Clinique - Color Surge, Touch Base For Eyes
  • Estee Lauder - Pure Color Eye Shadow
  • Neutrogena - Nourishing Eye Duo
  • Maybelline - Cool Effect Cooling Shadow
  • Physicians Formula - Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner, Organic Wear, Eyebrightener, Matte Collection, Quad Eye Shadow, Bright Collection, Baked Collection
  • Revlon - ColorStay 12 Hour Eye Shadow Quad, Illuminance Creme Shadow

Eye Make-Up Removers
  • Almay - Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover, Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover
  • Borghese - Gel Delicato
  • Novartis - EYEscrub
  • Clarins - Instant Eye Make-Up Remover, Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover
  • Clinique - Naturally Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, Take The Day Off
  • Cover Girl - Clean Makeup Removers
  • Cynacon OcuSoft - Eye Make-Up Remover
  • Estee Lauder - Gentle Eye Makeup Remover
  • Lancome - Effacil
  • L'Oreal - Eye Make-Up Remover
  • Neutrogena - Extra Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover Pads, Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover
  • Physicians Formula - Eye Makeup Remover Lotion & Pads, Oil Free Makeup Remover Pads, Vital Lash Oil Free Makeup Remover
  • Pond's - Cleansing and Makeup Remover Towelettes