Contact Lenses

Dr. Nathan Klein has stellar skills in maximizing quality of vision and enhancing comfort with his contact lens-fitting techniques. Even better, for patients who’ve previously had trouble seeing well with contact lenses, Dr. Klein has expertise in cutting-edge contact lens technologies such as scleral contact lenses, which allow even more people to attain excellent visual acuity with contacts. With Dr. Klein’s great patience, encouragement, and a very gentle touch, he ensures every patient reaches their peak potential for both visual acuity and contact lens-wearing comfort.

While working on a computer for a prolonged periods of time, contact-lens wearers often find that their eyes become dry and irritated, leading to discomfort and eyestrain.  Naturally, these symptoms inevitably lead to decreased productivity. One of the solutions to this frustrating problem is higher water content contact lenses, which enable more oxygen to penetrate the cornea, resulting in a healthier and more comfortable situation. Nathan Klein, OD, is adept at determining the precise type and water content for your specific contact lenses with the goals of maximizing your comfort, vision, and ocular health. Rarely, side effects can develop with these lenses, such as deposition of particles on the lenses, leading to allergic reactions. Keeping in mind the pros and cons of higher-water contact lenses, Nathan Klein, OD, adroitly ensures that he is providing the best, individualized recommendation for each patient.

As we age, our eyes lose the ability to focus on close-up items, starting in our early 40s and progressively worsening throughout our lifetimes. For generations, eyeglass wearers have been using progressive lenses to see at all distances. For contact lens wearers, a similar change is necessary to enable focusing for both driving and reading distances, unaided by glasses.  The two main options for tackling this predicament are monovision contact lenses and multifocal contact lenses. With monovision contact lenses, patients have one eye corrected for distant vision and the other eye corrected for near vision. Multifocal contact lenses, on the other hand, correct for driving and reading in BOTH eyes, simultaneously.  Dr. Klein strongly believes in the significant advantages of multifocal lenses. In rare cases in which patients have trouble adapting to multifocal lenses, Dr. Klein can prescribe a monovision fit to ensure optimal acuity for all distances and activities.

Monovision contact lenses have a number of disadvantages compared to their multifocal cousins, including compromised distance vision, sub-optimal near vision, lack of depth perception, and diminished peripheral field of vision. When patients eventually develop cataracts, monovision lenses become even more problematic, as decreased vision in the single eye being utilized for driving now becomes sacrificed further, and the single eye being utilized for reading also diminishes and fatigues more readily. Driving at night with the combination of developing cataracts and monovision lens wear can be frustrating and, worse yet, dangerous.

A myriad of types and styles of multifocal contact lenses are proliferating the market.  Key advantages are superior distance and near vision, enhanced depth perception, and a full peripheral field of vision. Most eye physicians believe that selecting a multifocal contact lens is a no-brainer, especially for patients who operate  motor vehicles at night or in rainy conditions. The sole disadvantage of multifocal contact lenses is that few contact lens specialists have the knowledge and expertise to successfully provide their patients with access to this superior technology.  Nathan Klein, OD, provides unrivaled abilities to select and fit the optimal multifocal lenses for the patients of Eye Surgeons & Consultants. Dr. Nathan Klein is always available for new, current, and former contact-lens wearers either looking to try contacts for the first time or endeavoring to upgrade to the newest technology.

Scleral contact lenses are now the newest high tech contact lenses which dramatically enhance vision and comfort.  Dr. Nathan Klein is one of Florida’s pre-eminent specialists fitting scleral contact lenses.  The scleral contact lenses are especially terrific for those people suffering from dry eyes, keratoconus, irregular or excessive astigmatism, Sjogrens Syndrome, and those having difficulties with suboptimal vision following LASIK, PRK, or corneal surgery.

In April 2018, the FDA approved the very first photochromic contact lenses in yet another step to help protect our patients from the harmful effects of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet light rays as well as it’s blue light emissions.  With more than 42 million Americans wearing contact lenses, this development could potentially shake up relative market shares for the myriad of contact lenses that currently saturate the market. These contact lenses contain special patented photochromic dyes that cause the lens to activate, or darken, when exposed to ultraviolet rays from sunlight. When the UV light diminishes, the lenses fade back. As light conditions change, the level of tint adjusts, offering the right tint at the right time.

If one is wearing contact lenses outdoors, during daylight hours, even when opting for the newly approved Johnson & Johnson Acuvue Oasys Contact Lenses with Transitions Light Intelligent Technology, it remains of paramount importance to wear sunglass protection with UV-400 blocker and polarization to greatly minimize the risk of developing drusen, macular degeneration, or ocular melanomas.  The photochromic contact lenses will certainly offer more protection than wearing contact lenses with zero protection, however, this level of protection is suboptimal.  Maximizing one’s protection from the harmful UV and HEV (high energy visible) light rays is key, especially considering key factors such as the latitude where one lives/works, duration of outdoor exposure (especially mid-day), proximity to water (due to additional exposure from light reflected from the water), altitude, and a myriad of other factors.


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