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Contact lenses available for those with astigmatism People with astigmatism now have additional options available to them due to recent technologi- cal advancements and product ap- provals for contact lenses. For in- stance, with more frequent re- placement contact lenses on the market for astigmatism, a greater number of people have the oppor- tunity for safe, comfortable and convenient vision correction withl contact lenses. People who suffer from astig- matism, which is characterized by an irregularly shaped cornea that distorts vision, have often been told that they are not able to wear contact lenses and must rely on glasses to correct their vision. If they did choose contact lens- es, there were a limited number of choices in the toric lens category. (Toric lenses are contact lenses designed specifically to correct astigmatism.) Now, in addition to RGP (rigid gas permeable) lenses, many more patients with astigma- tism can wear conventional or fre- quent-replacement, soft toric lens- es. Frequent-replacement, soft toric lenses are available with replace- ment cycles ranging from two weeks to three months and offer the added convenience of having a replacement lens immediately if one is lost or torn. The availability of all of these types of lenses in- creases the likelihood that an eye- care professional will be able to fit the astigmatic patient with com- fortable contact lenses that are right for them. Contact lens wear in the United States has grown dramatically, ac- cording to a 1997 research survey from Health Products Research Inc. Nearly 6 million people were added to the ranks of American contact lens wearers from 1991 to 1996, representing a 22 percent in- crease in the wearer population. Over the past ! 5 years, the number of wearers has doubled. Currently, there are 30.6 million Americans who wear contact lens- es. Industry sources say the trend toward greater use of contacts is because of a number of factors, in- cluding advanced technology. Disposable and frequent re- placement lenses are now avail- able in numerous replacement cy- cles and have greatly increased the options in vision correction. The flexibility of combining the use of glasses with contact lens wear for weekends, special occa- sions or sporting events is now that much more affordable. In addition, colored contact lens wear has increased by 47 percent over the past five years. At least 500,000 of the 3 million people wearing tinted lenses do not re- quire vision corr'ection, wearing them only to enhance their eye color. Those'interested in finding out more may call 800-884-4CLC, or access the Web site at ' . .www.igqobal..comlCLCl>. CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, July 3 - July 9, 1998 - 45 Come with me, my love, to the sea, to THE SEA OF LOVE. I want to tell you how much I love you... hether it's the sea of love or love of the sea, the CAPE HENLOPEN COLLEXION TM is the answer. Sculptures of the Lewes Breakwater Lighthouse, the Cape Henlopen, Fenwick Island, Harbor of Refuge - all crafted in 14-karat gold with such infinite detail that it's almost eerie to hold one. Detail that even includes a diamond for the beacon light. The Collexion includes The WWII Watchtower. Hold history right in your hand - because they're only 3/4 inches tall. All are great as pendants, tie tacs, charms. If you want to add sea animals, we have those. A Bellinger's creation, thus sold exclusively by us. All copyrights are strictly enforced. BELLINGER' S JEWELERS ...the lasting difference 3602 Highway One 302-227-6410 Rehoboth Beach