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Which soft contact lens replacement regimen is best?

It takes a dedicated specialist like those at EyeHealth Northwest to keep up with the many options for contact lenses these days. There are 1-day, 2-week, 1-month, and 3-month replacement plans. The general rule is that the more frequently you replace the lenses, the healthier it is for your eyes, but also the more costly it becomes. For many people, the best compromise between cost and health benefits would be the 2-week disposable contact lenses.

If I wear contact lenses, how often should I have my eyes checked?

For most people an annual contact lens check is necessary. Your EyeHealth Northwest doctor will perform a complete dilated exam every 2 years.

I have allergies, can I still wear contacts?

Only a complete exam with your EyeHealth doctor can determine your best lens option. If you have chronic, severe allergies, glasses or LASIK surgery rather than contact lenses may be the best option. If your allergies are seasonal, a combination of glasses during the allergy season and contact lenses the rest of the time is a possible option. Another option may be to wear 1-day disposable contacts with the usage of ocular allergy medication. For mild allergies, a 1-day or 2-week disposable lens works well.

Can I wear contacts after LASIK surgery if necessary?

Yes, however, the accuracy of LASIK currently is so high that it would be rare to wear contacts ever again after surgery. EyeHealth LASIK specialists have treated thousands of patients since the late ’90s without needing to refit in contact lenses. Learn more at our LASIK site.

Can I sleep with my contacts in?

The doctors at EyeHealth Northwest recommend patients remove lenses nightly. Long term studies validate this recommendation which has been too much safer for your eyes in the long run.

What is new with colored contacts?

Colored contacts fall basically into two categories; enhancers and opaques. Enhancers work best for light-colored eyes, whereas opaques work best for dark hazel or brown eyes. What’s new is that the color options in both categories–especially opaques–have increased exponentially. If you are already a contact lens wearer, your EyeHealth Northwest doctor can advise you on the best option for your eyes.

Can I get a copy of my contact lens Rx?

Yes of course. We recommend you get a complete fitting with an EyeHealth Northwest contact lens specialist as a first step. Contact lenses rest on the cornea, one of the most sensitive parts of our bodies; therefore, assessing the fit of the lenses is extremely important to assure that no corneal damage has occurred. Once the specialist and the patient are happy with the fit, a contact lens prescription will be written if requested. The expiration date is typically one year from the last eye exam.

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Barnes Road
9555 SW Barnes Rd.
#201 (2nd floor)
Portland, OR 97225
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24601 SE Stark St.
Suite 245
Troutdale, OR 97060
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6111 NE Cornell Rd
Hillsboro, OR 97124
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11086 SE Oak St
Milwaukie, OR 97222
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5935 SE Division St.
Portland, OR 97206
503 777-5546 see more
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3246 N. Lombard
Portland, OR 97217
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Northeast Portland
5050 NE Hoyt St., #245
Portland, OR 97213
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Northwest Portland
1955 NW Northrup St
Portland, OR 97209
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1306 Division St
Oregon City, OR 97045
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Southeast Portland
10819 SE Stark St,
Portland, OR 97216
(503) 255-2291 see more
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12050 SE Stevens Rd, Suite 100
Happy Valley, OR 97086
(503) 783-3300 see more
Tigard
15298 SW Royalty Parkway
Tigard OR 97224
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Wilsonville
29250 SW Town Center Loop W
Wilsonville, OR 97070
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Westside Surgery Center
13240 SW Pacific Hwy
Portland, OR 97223
(503) 639-6571 see more
EyeHealth Eastside Surgery and Laser Center
12050 SE Stevens Rd.
Happy Valley, OR 97086
(971) 206-6100 see more

Our Locations

Barnes Road
9555 SW Barnes Rd.
#201 (2nd floor)
Portland, OR 97225
(503) 227-2020 see more
Gresham
24601 SE Stark St.
Suite 245
Troutdale, OR 97060
(503) 255-2291 see more
Hillsboro
6111 NE Cornell Rd
Hillsboro, OR 97124
(503) 846-9400 see more
Milwaukie
11086 SE Oak St
Milwaukie, OR 97222
(503) 656-4221 see more
Mt. Tabor
5935 SE Division St.
Portland, OR 97206
503 777-5546 see more
North Portland
3246 N. Lombard
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 285-1671 see more
Northeast Portland
5050 NE Hoyt St., #245
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 255-2291 see more
Northwest Portland
1955 NW Northrup St
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 227-2020 see more
Oregon City
1306 Division St
Oregon City, OR 97045
(503) 656-4221 see more
Southeast Portland
10819 SE Stark St,
Portland, OR 97216
(503) 255-2291 see more
Sunnyside
12050 SE Stevens Rd, Suite 100
Happy Valley, OR 97086
(503) 783-3300 see more
Tigard
15298 SW Royalty Parkway
Tigard OR 97224
(503) 227-2020 see more
Wilsonville
29250 SW Town Center Loop W
Wilsonville, OR 97070
(503) 582-0000 see more
Surgery Centers

Westside Surgery Center

13240 SW Pacific Hwy
Portland, OR 97223
(503) 639-6571 see more

EyeHealth Eastside Surgery and Laser Center

12050 SE Stevens Rd.
Happy Valley, OR 97086
(971) 206-6100 see more