Contact Lenses

Kearney Eye Institute's contact lens department includes a fully equipped eye lane and is staffed by specially trained contact lens technicians. Our technicians are trained to fit all types of lenses such as soft, toric, multifocal, bifocal, RGP, hybrid lenses and many others.

Kearney Eye Institute also offers free routine contact lens exams with the contact technicians to make sure the eyes remain healthy while wearing contacts. It is our policy to perform free, six-month contact lens exams for our patients in disposable soft contacts. We want you to be happy with your contacts as well as healthy.

The manufacturing of contact lenses changes almost daily. New lenses are introduced at a very rapid pace and Kearney Eye Institute is dedicated to researching all the latest technology in contact lenses. We take pride in offering the best contact lens to help you achieve the best quality vision possible. However, more importantly is the health of your eyes. Our contact lens technicians are constantly offering different types of lenses that will help you get the most for vision and health.

One-Day Wear Lenses - Contact lenses that you open fresh each day and throw away at the end of the day.

Two-Week Disposable Lenses - Contacts that can be worn for two weeks and then thrown away. These lenses must be taken out at night.

Planned Replacement Lenses - Non-extended wear contacts that you purchase in a one year supply. These lenses are replaced at one, two, three or four month intervals.

Extended or Continuous Wear Disposable Lenses - Contacts that are worn for one week or one month continuously depending on what is recommended by your doctor or contact lens technician.

Daily Wear Single Vision Lenses - Contacts that are worn every day and taken out every night. These lenses must be cleaned regularly and usually need to be replaced every six to twelve months.

The above lenses may be available in a variety of types. Listed below are the different types of lenses available on the market today.

Bifocal - Lenses that are designed to help people who need help with close up vision.

Toric - Lenses designed to correct astigmatism.

Mono-Vision - Non bifocal lenses to aid one eye in distance vision and one eye for near vision.

Some contact fits can be complex and may require several visits and lenses to find the optimal lens to provide you with your best vision and comfort.  Our technicians are always available to assist your fitting needs and to answer your questions.

If you are new to contact lens wear you may want to review the insertion and removal process by watching this video.

If you have any questions regarding any of the lenses above please call our contact lens department at (308) 865-0086 or email us at

Dry Eyes & Winter

Symptoms of dry eyes can plague many contact lens wearers, especially during the winter months. What can be done to maintain lens comfort?

  • Use rewetting drops several times daily. Once a day probably won't do the trick.
  • Use drops that do not have preservatives in them if you are sensitive to solutions.
  • Try hydrating your lens midday with your daily disinfecting system for as little as 5 minutes.
  • Be aware of your blinking habits. Practicing complete and frequent blinks can help.
  • Concentration on computer monitors can cause tear evaporation.
  •  Air drafts can also cause dehydration of the contact lenses. Be sure to keep your car heater from blowing toward your face.
  • There is also the availability of punctal plugs. These plugs are inserted in the punctum and it is an easy procedure that can provide relief for many soft lens wearers.