Location

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31 Ferry Street, Suite 2
Schuylerville, NY 12871
 
(518) 695-3040
Fax: (518) 695-3150
 
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Office Hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 11:00-7:00
Wednesday: 9:00-5:00
Thursday: 9:00-5:00
Friday 9:00-5:00

Saturday:

8:00-Noon
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Sunday: Closed

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Contact lenses, when used properly, are very convenient and, with the latest advancements in technology, are extremely comfortable. Most of the time, you will hardly know you are wearing them, though you will certainly notice how clear your vision is. Contact lenses are small lenses worn on the surface of the eye, called the cornea, to correct vision.

We are happy to discuss the options available for you. Many patients choose contact lenses for their primary vision correction and glasses for back-up or part-time wear.

Many patients prefer to wear glasses for the majority of their day, but have activities and events where they'd rather not wear their glasses and choose contact lenses for these times.

If you are a first-time wearer, click here for wearing instructions.

Conventional Soft Lenses Disposable Soft Lenses
Tinted Soft Lenses Bifocal Soft Lenses
Toric Soft Lenses Extended Wear
Rigid Gas Permeable Solutions
Contact Lens Care

Contact Lens Types

The types of contact lenses available have increased significantly over the past few years. There are contact lenses available for almost everyone. Many of our patients were told in the past that they couldn't wear contacts, or unsuccessfully tried contact lenses. You owe it to yourself to see what's new. We carry many options, and promise to do our best in selecting contact lenses that you'll love wearing. Choose from the following list for a brief look at some of the options available.

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Conventional Soft Lenses

Soft lenses are very comfortable and come in a variety of types, depending on the wearer's needs. Conventional soft lenses are worn during the day, and cleaned and stored at night. Usually once a week the lenses must be cleaned using an enzymatic cleaner, which removes protein deposits. One pair of lenses can last for a year.  Unless this is the only option due to your prescription, this option is typically not recommended as better choices are available.

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Disposable Soft Lenses

Disposable soft lenses are much more popular than conventional soft lenses. These lenses are worn for a period of time then, of course, thrown away. There are disposables that last for two weeks. There are also one-month and one-day disposables. Daily disposables are perfect for many patients who were told they couldn't wear contact lenses because of allergies or mild dry eye conditions. They are also ideal for young patients who are new wearers.  They have a low cost per lens and are also popular for athletes and hobbyists who don't necessarily want to wear contact lenses every day.

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Tinted Soft Lenses

Next, you have tinted soft lenses, available in conventional, disposable, or frequent replacement types. With tinted soft lenses, you can change your eye color or enhance your eye color. Even if you don't need corrective lenses, you can use "plano" tinted lenses to change your eye color.  As contact lenses are considered a medical device, even plano contact lenses need to be professionally fit.

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Bifocal Soft Lenses

Recent technology has greatly improved bifocal soft lenses. Many patients past their 40s who need bifocals can now enjoy the comfort and benefits of soft contact lenses.

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Toric Soft Lenses

Toric lenses are used to correct astigmatism. Astigmatism is a vision condition where an irregularly shaped cornea affects the vision. In the past, if you had astigmatism, your only options were either glasses or hard gas permeable contact lenses. But toric lenses now offer an alternative. There are several types of toric lenses to choose from.

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Extended Wear Soft Lenses

Extended wear lenses are the result of new technology in lens materials that transmit more oxygen to the cornea of the eye. Some of these lens materials can be worn up to 30 days, day and night, without removal. Extended wear lenses can last one week, two weeks, or one month, depending upon the lens material and your doctor's recommendations.

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Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Lenses

As the name implies, these lenses are hard and gas permeable. If you've been told you can't wear soft lenses, RGP lenses are often a great alternative. RGP lenses are available in specialized designs to correct just about any vision disorder.

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Solutions

There are a variety of solutions available from many different manufacturers. The important thing to remember is that not every solution is right for every type of contact lens. Some contact lenses require the use of multipurpose solutions, while others require separate solutions for the four steps in contact lens care: disinfecting, cleaning, rinsing, and enzyming. Use only the lens solutions that are recommended by Dr. Gardner. If you wish to change brands, check with our office first.

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