Experts in fitting contact lenses
Whether you wear soft or rigid gas permeable lenses, we are experienced in handling even the most difficult prescriptions. If you are a first-time contact lens wearer, we will work with you to determine which type of contact lens best suits your lifestyle and visual needs.
We will also keep you informed of the most recent advances in contact lens technology and lens care products. From daily disposable to extended wear lenses, there are several replacement modalities from which to choose. Whether you need a single vision, multi-focal or specialty contact lens fit, we are happy to assist you. Don’t forget that kids can wear contacts, too!
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Why Choose Contacts?
When used correctly, contact lenses are a safe and effective way of achieving clear, comfortable vision for many people.
Contact lenses offer various benefits over glasses. Compared to spectacles, contact lenses allow ease of wear during sports and other activities by providing a wider field of view, less chance of dislodgement, less susceptibility to fogging and no slipping off the face due to sweat. Contact lenses also allow sunglasses and protective eyewear to be worn over them without any hassle.
For some patients with corneal irregularities and certain eye diseases, clear vision may not be possible through glasses. In these cases, contact lenses may be the first line of vision correction.
Soft Contact Lenses
Soft lenses are comfortable to wear and must be replaced daily, weekly or monthly depending on what type you choose. Soft contact lenses are made of soft, flexible plastics that allow oxygen to pass through to the cornea. Soft contact lenses may be easier to adapt to and are more comfortable initially than rigid gas permeable lenses. Newer soft lens materials include silicone-hydrogels which provide more oxygen to your eye while you wear your lenses.
Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses
Rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses are another type of contact lens we offer. RGP contact lenses are a good choice for people who want the clearest vision possible and a contact lens that’s more resistant to protein deposits and other forms of debris. These lenses are also an option for people who may not be a candidate for soft contact lenses.
RGP contact lenses are more comfortable than the previously-available hard contacts. They are more flexible and transmit more oxygen to the eye. These lenses often require a period of adaptation before they feel completely comfortable.
RGP contact lenses last longer than soft contact lenses and do a better job at retaining their shape when you blink. The rigid aspect of RGP contacts means they won’t tear easily and are usually quite durable. Conditions that may necessitate RGP contact lenses include astigmatism, presbyopia, keratoconus and corneal irregularities due to transplants or refractive surgery
Contact Lens Types
- Single vision: These lenses correct for only one distance. Typically these lenses correct a person’s distance vision. The person must be able to accommodate/focus to see clearly up close. If the person cannot accommodate, they may need a separate pair of single vision glasses to help them see up close.
- Toric: A toric lens is a special type of soft or RGP contact lens designed to correct astigmatism.
Bifocal or Multifocal Lenses: Similar to bifocal or progressive glasses, bifocal contacts benefit people who need a different different prescription for distance viewing than they do for reading. This design is available as a soft lens or RGP.
- Monovision: Monovision is an alternative to bifocal contact lenses for correction of presbyopia. This is a good option for people who also need astigmatism correction.
- Colored Contact Lenses: Colored contact lenses are great for people who want to change their eye color. These lenses now come in a silicone hydrogel material which makes the lenses more breathable and healthier for your eyes than older colored lens products.
- Hybrid Lenses: Hybrid lenses have a RGP center with a surrounding soft skirt and require a more specialized fit. This gives the clarity of vision you can get from a RGP, but comfort comparable to a soft contact lens. This lens come as single vision or multifocal and can even be worn by people who have corneal degeneration such as keratoconus.
- Scleral Lenses: A scleral lens is a large contact lens that rests on the sclera, which is the white portion of the eye. This lens creates a tear filled vault over the cornea. Scleral lenses are designed to treat a variety of eye conditions such as keratoconus, post-refractive surgery and can even help decrease dryness in people who struggle with severe dry eye.
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