Dr. Alan Toler & Associates, PLLC 
               A Family Vision Care 
    Serving Generations in Central Virginia Since 1960      
   
        Call us today 804.231.9151 and let us meet your family vision needs. 

Contact Lenses

Provide the newest contact lens designs...
Given the many complex types of contact lenses, a thorough evaluation and fitting is essential. With numerous hours in continuing education and optometric reading, we are proud to provide the newest contact lens designs for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and bifocals in soft and rigid gas permeable materials. We fill outside contact lens prescriptions that are current and valid. Should you not have a current and valid contact lens prescription, Dr. Toler will provide a comprehensive eye health examination, evaluate and recommend the type of contact that is healthy for your eyes, and fits your needs. We will train you in insertion and removal, caring for your contacts, and provide you with the proper starter solutions to care for them. We are always available for questions, and emergencies, should any arise.



Dr. Toler: Guaranteed Contact Lens Success Program
call (804) 231-9151 for details or e-mail us at:
drtolerwestover@juno.com

Great News for People Who Get Bad News About Astigmatism and Bifocals.
Its the 21st century you can wear contacts for astigmatism, bifocals, etc.- guaranteed. We have our over fifty years of fitting experience.

Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses (RGP)
Most economical, lenses replaced every 3-5 years, compared to disposable or planned replacement lenses. Average savings of Rigid gas permeable compared to Acuvue daily wear 2 week disposable is $150.00 per year over a three year period, savings includes initial fitting and lens costs. Usually our first lens of choice.

Rigid Gas Permeable lenses provide better visual acuity than soft contact lenses. They usually last 3-5 years, with proper care and scheduled contact lens checks. Are easy to care for. Best of all, they are generally are more healthy for your eyes due to increased oxygen to the eye. RGP lenses can correct all types of vision conditions astigmatism and bifocals. They even allow people with dry eyes to wear contacts.

Soft Contact Lenses
Soft contacts are comfortable and generally provide good vision. Soft contact lenses can correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism and presbyopia. They can be used to change your eye color.

Daily Disposable Soft Lenses
Thrown away each day and therefore require no lens care. They are perhaps the most healthy lens because any debris buildup or bacteria will be thrown away with the lens on a daily basis. They are available for most types of vision conditions.

Disposable Soft Lenses
Replaced on a regular basis, usually after one week of overnight wear or two weeks of daily wear.

Planned Replacement Soft Lenses
Replaced on a regular basis after a few weeks or months of wear. The lenses are removed and cleaned each night. They are available for most types of vision conditions.

Contacts for People over 40.
There are several soft and RGP contact lens options available for the ‘over 40’ population that requires bifocals or reading glasses. Bifocal contact lenses provide distance, near and intermediate vision. Modern technology has made it possible for you to get away from your bifocal glasses. Because bifocals are more difficult to fit than single vision lenses, they are not offered by all doctors. We have numerous types of bifocal contact lenses available in order to guarantee you success. One of the newest lenses available in our office is the Johnson & Johnson Bifocal Disposable lens.

Monovision
A method which uses one eye for distance and one eye for near. As the difference in power between the distance and the near eye increase the more likely a patient will drop out of contact lens wear, due to intolerance in power difference. When this occurs bifocal contact lenses, see bifocal contact lenses, or spectacle wear are the options.

Contacts for Astigmatism
There are many contact lens designs available for astigmatism, soft and RGP. Due to the skill and time required by the doctor to fit this condition, not all offices offer these lenses. It is almost the 21st century and you should be able to wear lenses even if somebody else told you, no! Fitting for astigmatism is one of our specialties. See our Guaranteed Contact Lens Success Program.


Contact Lens Tips:
For wearers that use eye make-up use water based mascara avoid waterproof lash lenghteners and lanolin ingredients. These tend to clump together and can fall into your eyes and coat your lenses. This will blur your vision, and decrease the life of your contacts lenses. Apply mascara only to the outer edges of the lower lashes. Replace your mascara every three months. The dark, wet tube is a great place for bacteria to grow.

For contacts that get dry blink 15-20 times a minute, every three to four seconds. Make sure your lids touch with each blink make sure your computer screen is below eye level. Stop all drafts that blow in or near your face. Use non-preserved re-wetting drops

There are many types of contact lenses available. How do you choose? Naturally the lenses must be comfortable. The choice should be based on your vision needs and your life style. The most important considerations should be your eye health and what lens will provide the best possible vision for you. Dr. Toler will help you decide which lens is best for you.