We are able to fit a variety of contact lens types and powers, most of which are available at the time of exam. Prescriptions are required for all contact lenses. Our Optometrists are trained to fit even the most complex corneas. Trial lens sets are offered for patients with nearsightedness and farsightedness, toric lenses for astigmatism, and even multifocal lenses for patients that need improved reading vision. Several lens materials and powers exist, making it possible to find the perfect design for each patients’ comfort and visual demands.
Types of Contact Lenses
There are several varieties of contact lenses patients can be fitted for. The distinctive features of each off the patient a wide range of options. Choice of lens is based upon doctor recommendation and patient need.
Soft Contact Lenses
Daily-wear soft contact lenses are the most popular type of contacts available. They are made of a flexible plastic polymer, daily-wear lenses are put in each morning and taken out every night. Daily-wear contacts are available in a variety of colors depending on brand and prescription. Most typically last about 1 year.
Extended-wear soft contact lenses can be worn all the time, including while sleeping. Depending on the prescription of a 7-day standard lens or 30-day lens, the lenses need to be taken out and cleaned once a week or month. This is done to rest the eye and reduce risk of corneal infection. Extended-wear lenses are made of a soft silicone which retains moisture longer than daily-wear contacts. This allows more oxygen to reach the eye.
Disposable soft lenses are intended to be discarded and replaced after they have been worn for a specific allotted time. This makes them easier to maintain than most other soft contacts. Many disposable lenses are designed for daily replacement, weekly, or monthly wear.
Rigid, gas-permeable contacts have several advantages, including the following:
- Correction of a wider range of vision problems
- Sharper vision than most soft lenses
- More durable than soft lenses and less prone to deposit buildup
Because they are much harder than flexible contacts, gas-permeable lenses take some getting use to. They are more likely than soft lenses to slip off the center of the eye and require adjustment, making them an inconvenient choice for many especially those who regularly play sports or participate in other vigorous activities.
Call us today to schedule your contact lens examination and fitting.