Dr. Benjamin Gates of Gates Vision Care in Richmond, Virginia is an optometrist who specializes in toric and multifocal contact lens fits. Toric contact lenses are made for people with astigmatism. Multifocal contact lenses provide vision correction for patients with presbyopia, who would normally wear bifocals, trifocals, progressive lenses, or reading glasses. Monovision is another method of contact lens correction available for these patients. As your family eye doctor, he will discuss the available contact lens options with you and make recommendations based upon your personal visual needs. Dr. Gates will work to find the right contact lenses for each patient, even if it takes a few extra attempts to find those perfect lenses.

Contact Lenses are a Solution

Optometrists frequently have discussions with eyeglass-wearing patients in regard to the option of trying out contact lenses. Patients are often hesitant about trying contact lenses for the first time or have been told in the past that they were not the ideal candidate for contact lenses. Certainly, contacts are not the best option for everyone, but many people who have been told in the past that glasses were their only option are, in fact, potentially missing out on a safe and convenient vision-correcting alternative to eyeglasses.

Patients often say that they can’t wear contacts because of their astigmatism, or that the only contact option for them would be hard lenses, also known as gas permeable lenses. Other patients have assumed or have been told by another doctor that they would not make good contact lens wearers because of their need for bifocals or reading glasses. Other patients have tried contacts, but have given up because they had difficulty putting them in or taking them out, because they found them a bit irritating, or due to cost. Some patients like to wear glasses on an everyday basis, but would be interested in wearing contacts for special occasions, but are hesitant because of the additional cost. There are solutions to all of these issues and Dr. Benjanin Gates of Gates Vision Care is willing to spend a little extra time working with you to address your individual needs and concerns.

Contact Lens Problems

Optometrist Dr. Gates is also experienced in dealing with contact lens problems. If your contact lenses feel too dry or irritating, he has suggestions to help increase the comfort. If your eyes become irritated, inflamed, or infected, Dr. Gates has the training, experience, and expertise to take care of you to help restore your health. If your vision is not perfect, he knows how to make adjustments to the contact lens prescription to help improve your eyesight.

Here at Gates Vision Care we are not trying to push as many patients as possible in and out of our exam chair, but we are trying to provide an experience that will bring satisfied patients back year after year. If you are interested in trying contact lenses for the first time, or the first time in a long time, or if you want to see if you can switch from irritating gas permeable contact lenses into soft contact lenses, we will take the time to teach you how to insert and remove the contact lenses from your eyes. If you need additional help, we invite you to come back in again until you are confident in your abilities. Trying to insert and remove contact lenses can be extremely frustrating for first-time users. We are here to give guidance and support, along with helpful tips and instructions. We will also make sure to give you proper training on hygiene and contact lens care.

If you have an interest in wearing contact lenses, but you have reservations for whatever reason, Dr. Gates and the staff at Gates Vision Care will take the time to answer all of your questions and address all of your concerns. It is our goal to make you as happy as possible, and the way we do that is by getting you to see clearly and by putting forth the additional effort to make sure that you do.