Contacts & Solutions
Contact lenses are a convenient and popular choice for many who need vision correction. Many patients choose to wear contacts on a daily basis, while others opt to use them for special activities or events. Recent improvements in contact lens technology have made it possible for more patients to comfortably wear contacts than ever before. Our doctors are happy to discuss your options during your exam.
Contact Lens Types
There are several types of contact lenses available today, making it easier than ever to find a contact lens that offers both comfort and excellent vision for the wearer. Even if you’ve been unable to wear contacts in the past, it may be worth exploring newer options. What follows is a brief look at some of the types of contact lenses available today.
Disposable Soft Lenses
These lenses are often extremely comfortable to wear. Depending on the specific lens, they are discarded either daily, every two weeks, or monthly. Daily disposable lenses are now the most popular option by far due to their health and convenience benefits. Additionally, they are a great choice for athletes and hobbyists who don’t necessarily want to wear contacts on a full time basis.
Tinted Soft Lenses
For those who are interested in changing or enhancing their eye color, there are a wide variety of contact lenses available that will help you do just that. From bold to nearly natural, new lens technology offers a wide range of realistic looking options.
Bifocal Soft Lenses
Tremendous strides have been made in bifocal soft contact lenses in the last decade. Similar to bifocal glasses, these lenses provide the wearer with more than one power, allowing for clear vision near and far.
Toric Soft Lenses
Toric lenses are used to correct astigmatism. Astigmatism is a common form of visual impairment in which part of an image is blurred due to an irregularity in the dome-shaped curvature on the front surface of the eye. Fitting is especially critical for toric contacts to work properly.
Extended Wear Soft Lenses
Extended wear contacts are lenses that can be worn overnight and disposed of after a pre-determined number of days. Wear schedules are determined by the lens material and your doctor’s recommendations.
Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Lenses
Rigid Gas Permeable lenses are made of a firm, durable material that transmits oxygen to the cornea. These lenses can be a great alternative for those who cannot wear soft lenses. RGP lenses offer a wider range of vision correction than soft contact lenses.