Contact lenses can be wonderful! However, they do require special care to minimize risk of complications, like infection. Please visit www.contactlenssafety.org to learn more about properly caring for your lenses, and your eyes.
RGP (Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses) Rigid gas permeable lenses are, in many cases, unparalleled in the visual sharpness they provide as compared to soft lenses. The newest RGP lenses are made with silicone polymers, allowing more oxygen to reach the cornea. Compared to soft contact lenses, rigid gas permeable contacts maintain their shape and offer clearer vision for some types of corrections. They are also easy to take care of and are extremely durable. The amount of time needed to adjust to rigid gas permeable contact lenses can be longer than with soft contact lenses, but the visual results can be fantastic.
Daily Wear Soft Contact Lenses Have you ever wanted to have the option of leaving your glasses on the bed-side table? Join the millions who are already comfortably wearing soft contact lenses. Soft contact lenses are made of a soft polymer-plastic material combined with a percentage of water. Water allows oxygen to pass through the contact lens material and increases comfort. Many soft contact lenses also provide UV protection. Soft contact lenses are usually more comfortable than rigid gas permeable contact lenses when first inserted into the eye.
Most daily wear soft contact lenses are now disposable and can be thrown away after a short period of use. Being able to have a fresh pair of soft contact lenses means less chance of infection, less cleaning, and more comfort, especially for people whose eyes naturally produce more protein which clouds contact lenses.
Extended Wear Contact Lenses Wouldn't it be nice to be able to wake up in the morning and be able to see across the room without having to reach for your glasses? Have you been thinking about having laser surgery for that very reason?
Current technology now allows for some extended wear contact lenses to be worn for an entire month! These new contact lens materials are considered "super-permeable" and allow much more oxygen to get to the eye. This greatly minimizes the health risks that arise from low oxygen.
These lenses are available in a wide range of powers, and they cost about the same as regular daily wear lenses.
Toric Contact Lenses Have you always wanted to wear contacts but have been told repeatedly that you could not wear them because you have astigmatism? Times have changed, my friend! Recent improvements in the technology of contact lenses have improved the contact lens success rate for people with astigmatism.
Astigmatism is a very common problem. It results from the cornea having a slightly irregular shape. This causes images to blur at 2 different locations in the eye. A standard contact lens cannot correct both points of blur. A special toric contact lens can correct this visual problem. The fitting for a toric lens requires an exact measurement of the astigmatism, and a proper selection of contact lens size, material, and power. Changes in the fit of the lens are sometimes necessary. However, there are more options than ever in soft contact lens technology to enable most people with astigmatism to wear contact lenses.
Bifocal Contact Lenses Are you tired of those reading glasses? Bifocal, or multifocal, contact lenses are designed to give all-around vision to people who have presbyopia. Presbyopia is the age-related change that affects the natural lens in the eye, making two different prescriptions necessary for clear distance and near vision. A bifocal contact lens design has both the distance prescription and near prescription in one lens. Newer designs are truly multifocal, meaning that intermediate distances, like computer screens and dashboards, can also be in focus.
Colored Contact Lenses Ever wanted to change your eye color? Now you can! Colored contact lenses look more natural than ever before, and can also be quite practical. If you have light colored eyes, an enhancement tint can give you a very subtle (or striking!) color change. These colored contact lenses have a translucent tint that's meant to enhance your natural eye color. If you have dark eyes to begin with, radiant opaque tints can change the color of your eyes. These contacts utilize the entire rainbow of colors to mimic the subtle shading differences of the real eye's iris, which is the colored portion of the eye. Color tints come in a wide array of specialty colors, including amethyst, violet, and jade.
Keratoconus/Specialty Contact Lenses Keratoconus is a condition where the cornea progressively thins and bulges, causing it to no longer operate as a good organic lens for the eye. People with keratoconus often progress to the point where glasses alone cannot provide good vision. There are also other causes of irregular corneas—including traumatic injury, RK, and corneal transplantation.
Because of the unusual curvature of the cornea from these conditions, standard soft contact lenses frequently do not adequately correct vision. Thus, more creative methods of vision correction have arisen. Special contacts to the rescue! Special designs in contact lenses can restore a smooth optical surface to the eye, creating crisper vision than can be achieved with glasses. While these contact lens fits can be more challenging, we are armed with the newest technologies to help us achieve the desired results. With these advancements in contact lenses, we now have the ability to fit even the most challenging eyes with contacts!