Contact Lenses FAQs

Contact lenses bring the world into focus for millions of people. At Harrington Vision in Florence, SC, we specialize in helping our patients find contact lenses that make their vision crisp and sharp and feel comfortable at the same time. You can trust our optometrists at Harrington Vision to prescribe and fit the perfect pair of contact lenses.

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What are Soft Contact Lenses?

Soft contact lenses are made from a flexible material that hugs the eye. Soft contacts are usually comfortable from the start. They are available in daily wear options that are thrown out at the end of the day or longer wear lenses that are disposed of after a specified amount of time.

What are Gas Permeable Contact Lenses?

Gas permeable contact lenses are made of a more rigid material than soft contact lenses. They are also smaller and take up less space on the eye. Gas permeable lenses allow more oxygen to get through them and reach the eye. Gas permeable lenses move each time the wearer blinks and tears get underneath them to make them more comfortable.

What are Toric Contact Lenses?

Toric contact lenses are soft lenses with weights at the edge. They are designed for patients with astigmatism, or corneas that are misshapen. Toric lenses naturally adjust themselves to fit the curvature of the eye.

Are Soft Contact Lenses Comfortable?

Most soft contact lens wearers get used to them quickly and don't feel them in their eyes.

Are Gas Permeable Lenses Comfortable?

Gas permeable lenses are made from a more rigid material than soft lenses. At first, many users are more aware of them in their eyes. After a short amount of time, most wearers find them as comfortable as soft contact lenses.

Do You Throw Away Soft Contact Lenses Every Day?

Some soft contact lenses are designed for daily wear and are thrown away each night. Other soft contact lenses are designed to be worn for a certain amount of time, like a week, before they are thrown out. It is always important to follow the manufacturer's recommendations for cleaning and disposal.

What if I Need Bifocal Contact Lenses?

There are contact lenses that incorporate different prescription strengths within the same lens just like bifocal eyeglasses. Sometimes the vision correction is incorporated in concentric circles. Sometimes the correction is embedded in specific parts of the lenses.

Schedule an Eye Exam Today

If it's time for an eye exam and you’re thinking of switching from eyeglasses to contacts, make an appointment at Harrington Vision in Florence, SC. Call our Downtown office today at 843-662-0691 or our West Florence office at 843-669-2020.

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Downtown

Monday:

9:00 am-5:30 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am-5:30 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am-5:30 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am-5:30 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-5:30 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Westgate Square

Monday:

9:00 am-5:30 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am-5:30 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am-5:30 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am-5:30 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-5:30 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-12:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed