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Contact Lenses Specialist

Scarbrough Family Eyecare

Optometry located in Traverse City, MI & Beulah, MI

At Scarbrough Family Eyecare, we have a very busy contact lens practice. Because of our volume, and excellent relationship with the major contact lens companies, our reps are very attentive to our account and readily provide us with the newest contact lens styles. For your convenience, we stock inventory of major brands of monthly and daily disposable soft contact lenses. We can often provide same-day purchases of annual supplies for better pricing than even most online outlets or retail stores.

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?

Our doctors are 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. We have fit children younger than age 10 that have done just fine.

What types of contact lenses are there?

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.