Michael Macek, O.D.
Caroline Machnicki, O.D.
If you are considering getting contact lenses of ANY type, Larson Eye Center recommends:
- Having a thorough eye exam with our licensed Optometrist.
- Having a careful fitting and getting a valid prescription that includes the brand and complete set of lens parameters.
- Purchasing the lenses from either Larson Eye Center directly, an eye care professional or from a vendor who requires that you provide prescription information for the lenses.
- Carefully following directions given to you for cleaning, disinfection, and wearing the lenses.
- Visiting the Optometrist who initially prescribed your contacts for follow-up eye exams in order to make sure they are fitting properly.
Contraindications to Wearing Contact Lenses
Most people who need vision correction are able to wear contact lenses safely and comfortably, but there are some exceptions. Some of the conditions that might keep you from wearing contact lenses are: frequent eye infections, severe allergies, dry eyes or an inadequate tear film, a work environment that is very dusty or dirty and inability to handle and care for the lenses properly.
Contact Lens Care & Safety
There are a number of good hygiene practices that will help you to wear your contacts safely and comfortably. Please take time to read and then practice the following care principles:
- Your contact lenses must be properly cleaned and disinfected each time you remove them in order to kill germs and prevent infections.
- At the time you insert your contact lenses, you should thoroughly rinse and clean the case with warm water and allow it to dry.
- Contact lens cases need to be replaced frequently in order to prevent infections.
- Never put a contact lens in your mouth and then insert it into your eye.
- Never use homemade cleaning solutions, they have been linked to serious eye infections.
- Never mix different brands of solutions.
- Do not use any medicated eye drops while wearing contact lenses. Only use tear drops that are specifically approved for contact lenses.
- Only use the brand of solution recommended by the Optometrist or Ophthalmologist who fit you or else check with the doctor before changing brands.
- Always wash your hands with soap prior to handling contact lenses or touching your eye.
- Do not share your lenses with someone else.
- Only wear your contacts on the schedule prescribed by your doctor.
- Dispose of your contact lenses at the interval prescribed by your doctor.
- Stop wearing the contact lenses if your eyes become red or irritated.
- Be sure to purchase and own an updated pair of eyeglasses in case of an eye infection or lost or ripped contacts.
Call Larson Eye Center if you experience any of these symptoms:
- Redness lasting more than one day
- Discharge from your eye
- Blurred vision
- Unusual scratchiness
- Unusual light sensitivity
Vision Insurance – VSP, Eye Med & Humana VCP
Larson Eye Center is very pleased to be participating providers for VSP, Eye Med and Humana VCP vision insurance at both our Hinsdale and Downers Grove locations. Dr. Michael Macek and Dr. Caroline Machnicki are licensed providers for patient exams, contact lens fittings, contact purchases and eyewear purchases.
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