Contact Lenses

Jay E Tallis, OD -  - Optometrist

American Vision Center

Jay E Tallis, OD

Optometrist located in Bloomington, IL

Whether you want contact lenses as a once-in-a-while alternative to glasses or you need specialty lenses for a chronic problem like dry eyes, American Vision Center in Bloomington, Illinois, has you covered. Experienced optometrist J.E. Tallis, OD, has more than 35 years of experience in patient-centered eye care. Book your contact lenses appointment by calling the office or clicking the online scheduler now.

Contact Lenses Q & A

What kinds of specialty contact lenses are available?

In addition to standard contact lenses to correct myopia (nearsightedness), American Vision Center offers specialty contact lenses to fit nearly any unique vision need. Some of the different specialty lenses correct conditions such as:

    • Astigmatism: astigmatism-specific lenses like Air Optix® Aqua Toric
    • Presbyopia or multiple prescriptions: multifocal lenses like Bausch + Lomb Ultra® Multifocal 
    • Dry eyes: hydrogel lenses like Acuvue Oasys® 1-Day with Hydroluxe™

Specialty lenses called scleral lenses, which cover a larger portion of your eye surface, can also correct problems like keratoconus. In keratoconus, your cornea has a cone shape to which normal contacts can’t properly adhere. Specialty keratoconus lenses work by vaulting over the whole cornea and adhering to the white part of your eyes, the sclera.

You can also get help for other specific eye problems. Just because you have an eye problem, you aren’t ruled out from wearing contacts any longer!

How long do I wear contact lenses?

American Vision Center offers a variety of options, including:

  • Daily wear lenses, which you throw away each night
  • Biweekly wear lenses, which you use for two weeks and then dispose of
  • Monthly lenses, which you use for a full month before disposing of them

With bi-weekly and monthly lenses, you typically wear the lenses during the day and then store them in a sterile saline solution overnight.

Is it safe to wear contacts overnight?

Yes, in some cases it is! American Vision Center offers lenses that can be used for up to six continuous days, the removed and disinfected overnight. This can then be repeated for 30 days. It’s important to know, however, that this type of continuous wear isn’t right for everyone. Dr. Tallis will help you transition into this type of extended wear if you want to wear these lenses and if it’s safe for you.

How do I get a contact lens prescription?

During a medical eye exam, Dr. Tallis determines your prescription using a highly precise autorefractor. He also uses a corneal topographer to map 9,000 different points on your cornea. This gives a perfect map of your cornea contour that allows for perfectly customized contact lens fittings.

If you want contact lenses prescribed and fitted by experts, call American Vision Center, or book your appointment using the online scheduler now.