Appointments: 847-473-2568 3900 Fountain Square Pl. Waukegan, IL 60085
Technologies and Types
Dr. Wexler prescribes the latest in contact lens technologies. Currently, Silicone Hydrogel soft disposable contacts are the healthiest lenses because they allow more atmospheric oxygen to pass through the lenses into the eyes. These lenses typically allow 4-6x more air through the lenses than older, traditional contact lens designs.
For individuals with high amounts of astigmatism correction, Dr. Wexler routinely fits the latest in soft lens designs called, "toric" contacts as well as specialty rigid gas permeable (GP) contacts called "bitoric" and "back toric" GP's . The name, "toric" refers to a specialty contact lens that corrects the distortion effects of astigmatism.
For those who are having difficulty with near vision as the years pass, there are solutions as well! Dr. Wexler fits multifocal soft and and multifocal GP contacts. These are state-of-the art technology lenses that require a moderate level of skill and experience to fit. The success rate of the fitting is dependent on may factors such as the patient's age, eye health, vision demands, work environment, eye lid anatomy, pupil size, and prescription. Dr. Wexler takes all these and many more factors into account when evaluating contact lens patients.
Our office carries the latest in colored contact lenses. We have a massive inventory of samples for you to try on to determine your favorite colors. Dr. Wexler takes the same necessary steps to assure a successful colored contact lens fit as would be done with any type of clear soft or rigid gas permeable contact lens. YOUR SUCCESS IS OUR GOAL!
Successful Contact Lens Fit Program
Dr. Wexler's Goals: 1. To prescribe the best quality lenses for your unique eyes and lifestyle situation. 2. To equip you with the necessary knowledge and instruction to be a successful contact lens wearer for life. 3. To reach your best vision potential possible. 4. To provide comfortable contact lenses. 5. To maintain as healthy eyes as possible 6. To monitor on a regular basis all of the above and make adjustments if necessary.
Unlike many other styles of prescribing contacts, Dr. Wexler believes that when you invest in contact lenses for yourself or family member, the contact lens fitting process should be completed BEFORE you pay for the lenses. Here at your Waukegan Wal-Mart Vision Center, Dr. Wexler will begin the fitting process the first day you arrive for your initial eye examination. He will give you a FREE pair of contacts lenses and analyze the quality of the fit. We also will instruct you on the proper insertion & removal as well as care and maintenance of the lenses. You can "test-drive" the contact lenses over a week period and return to the office for your contact lens follow-up visit.
The lenses must be comfortable and provide great vision and your eyes must be healthy. If any of these are compromised, Dr. Wexler will adjust and correct the situation so that your eyes and you will be happy.
Once the proper contact lens has been determined, then you are welcomed to purchase the lenses and/or receive a copy of the written contact lens prescription. By all means, contact lens success is not assured just because the initial fitting process is a success. It takes a joint effort between you, the patient, and Dr. Wexler. Read on!
Annual Contact Lens Checkups to Assure Ongoing Success
The proper care and maintenance of your contact lenses as well as regular eye health/contact lens checkups (every 6 month to year) is CRITICAL in terms of assuring the best possible contact lens success and healthy eyes. How you take care of your contact lenses will directly impact your vision, comfort of lenses, and eye health. It takes a daily commitment on your end to keep your eyes healthy. As the saying goes, "It's not what you do from Christmas to New Year's; it's what you do from New Year's to Christmas that matters." Dr. Wexler is also committed to your eyes and well being. He knows that careful eye evaluations performed on a regular basis is key for being able to detect problems or alter strategies so as to maximize your success. Working together, you can have healthy, happy eyes for life!
Courtesy of Michael Ward, MMSC, FAAO at Emory University School of Medicine Contact Lens Service
Always wash hands before handling contact lenses using basic mild soap without antibacterial, deodorant, fragrance, or moisturizing soaps.
If possible, look for eye makeup specifically labeled for use by contact lens wearers. Use premium quality products.
Apply eye cosmetics after applying contact lenses. This helps prevent the makeup from getting onto contact lenses.
Remove lenses before removing makeup.
Remove makeup daily with mild soap and water; do not use oil- or petroleum-based makeup removers.
Avoid moisturizer bar soaps and makeup remover with cocoa butter and mineral oil.
Choose water-based makeup; avoid any oil-based or "water-proof" eye makeup products. The oils will travel across the skin and get onto the lenses.
Avoid "lash-extending" mascaras with artificial fibers, and apply mascara only to the ends of lashes; do not apply mascara to the base of the eyelashes or on the eyelid margin.
Do not apply oil-based moisturizers on the eyelids (oils can spread on the skin).
Do not apply any makeup to the eyelid margin (shelf) between the eyelashes and the eyeball.
Apply face powders sparingly; use pressed powder instead of loose powder; try to stay away from the eye area as much as possible; avoid frosted powders.
Choose liquid or gel rather than powdered eye shadows.
Replace eye makeup at least every three months; do not share cosmetics.
Use caution with hair styling sprays. Spray aerosols with eyes closed and step back out of the mist before opening the eyes.
Gel/wax/lacquer sprays can significantly coat contact lenses creating potential cornea and lid damage.
All lens storage cases should be emptied, rinsed with fresh solution, emptied and air dried between uses; replace case every 3-4 months.
Finally, a rear view mirror is not intended for makeup application while driving.