Contact Lenses Specialist

Scarbrough Family Eyecare

Optometry located in Traverse City, MI & Beulah, MI

Not everyone likes the way glasses look, and they don’t fit into every lifestyle. Contact lenses correct the same vision problems as glasses, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, and may be the best option for you. For exams, fittings, and a full selection of contact lenses, look no further than Edward Scarbrough, OD, and the team at Scarbrough Family Eyecare in Beulah and Traverse City, Michigan. Schedule an appointment online or over the phone today.

Contact Lenses Q & A

What are the advantages of contact lenses over glasses?

Contact lenses aren’t a substitute for having natural 20/20 vision, but if you need vision correction, they provide the next best thing. Contact lenses allow you to see more clearly, without some of the shortcomings of glasses.

Contact lenses move with your eyes, providing a wider field of vision. The frames of your glasses may get in the way. Though you can see what’s in front of you clearly, everything outside your glasses is still blurry, because it’s outside the view of your lenses.

There’s a reason people who have active lifestyles often prefer contacts over glasses. Glasses can break, fall off, or get in the way during a number of activities. Also, if it’s rainy or foggy outside, you have to worry about keeping them dry so you can see clearly.

You may prefer the way you look without glasses. That’s enough of a reason to switch to contacts.

Can my child wear contact lenses?

Scarbrough Family Eyecare is experienced in fitting kids and teens for contact lenses, and if your child has been asking about contacts, you may wonder if they’re ready. Most children start wearing contacts at age 12 or older, but it’s not just about age. What’s more important is that your child is mature and responsible enough to handle contacts.

To wear contact lenses safely, your child needs to keep the lenses clean, practice good eye hygiene, and follow wearing instructions, such as replacing their lenses on schedule. Consider how your child handles their current responsibilities. If they can take care of chores, homework, and personal grooming without being reminded, that’s a good sign.

If your child is interested in getting contacts, the staff at Scarbrough Family Eyecare is happy to you help figure out if now’s the right time. It’s important to your child’s eye health to only wear contacts when they’re ready.

What types of contact lenses are there?

The optician at Scarbrough Family Eyecare offers a full selection of contact lenses.

Most contact lenses are soft contacts, which are made of a flexible plastic that easily fits to your eye. Soft contact lenses can easily treat most common vision problems, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia.

Depending on the lenses, you may replace them every day, every few weeks, or once a month. Most soft lenses are designed to be removed at night to clean, but there are also contacts designed to be worn continuously for a week or month at a time.

Some people benefit from rigid gas permeable contact lenses, which are made of a harder, more durable material. These are a popular option for people with dry eyes, allergies, and astigmatism.

Scarbrough Family Eyecare also carries state-of-the-art speciality lenses to correct complex vision problems. These include hybrid and multifocal lenses, as well as tinted lenses for color blindness.

To learn more about contact lenses and schedule a fitting or an eye exam, call or use the online booking tool today.