Today’s contact lens technology is so advanced that almost everyone who wears glasses can choose vision correction with contact lenses. Let one of our expert doctors recommend the ideal lens for you.
Contact lenses provide many benefits, including their cosmetic and visual advantages, with a wider field of view and more comfortable and natural vision compared to glasses. Contact lenses can be a great option for children, as they also tend to be very active.
All contact lenses are considered to be medical devices and must be fit by your eye doctor. Annual evaluations are also necessary to check corneal health, assess the fit of the contact lenses and update the prescription as needed. Contact lenses are now available for those with astigmatism and for those who need bifocal correction. Successful contact lens wear is now an option for more people than ever before.
Daily Disposable Contact Lenses
Daily contact lenses are the most convenient and hygienic option available. These lenses are put on at the beginning of the day and thrown away at the end of the day, with no need for cleaning and soaking. This works great for full-time or part-time contact lens wearers. Daily lenses are also best for those patients who are prone to allergies and for adolescents, as the doctor and parents don’t have to worry about hygiene issues or over-wear.
Breathable (Silicon Hydrogel) Contact Lenses
One of the big advances in contact lens technology has been the development of very oxygen permeable silicon hydrogel contact lenses. These lenses allow significantly more oxygen to reach the cornea to keep your eyes healthy and lessen symptoms of dryness and redness. Lenses are approved for between 6-30 days of continuous wear (extended wear) depending on the brand. Silicon hydrogel lenses allow for safer and more comfortable contact lens wear.
Multi-focal Contact Lenses
Tired of using reading glasses over your contact lenses? For those approaching or over the age of forty, new multi-focal contacts reduce reliance on reading glasses and provide vision for distance, near, and everything in between. There are even daily disposable multi-focal contact lenses now!
Toric Contact Lenses
In the past, astigmatism was difficult to correct with soft contact lenses. With recent improvements in technology, toric soft contact lenses now provide high quality vision and are available in materials that allow greater oxygen to the eyes.
Gas Permeable Contact Lenses
Gas permeable (GP) contact lenses, previously called hard or rigid contact lenses, may provide better vision than soft lenses for certain patients. Gas permeable lenses may be the best option to correct vision in people with very high prescriptions, high levels of astigmatism or irregular corneas. Special gas permeable lenses are necessary when the cornea has an irregular shape (for example, in keratoconus or after a corneal transplant).
Color Contact Lenses
A wide variety of colored contact lenses are available for light and dark eyes, including lenses to enhance, brighten or completely change your eye color! Even if you have no visual correction in the contact lenses and they are solely for cosmetic purposes, federal law still requires that you have a contact lens exam to be fit with contacts. Contact lenses are a medical device and can cause harm or vision loss if they are fit or used improperly.