Contact lenses are small lenses worn on the surface of the eye, called the cornea, to correct vision. Lenses are sometimes worn for cosmetic purposes only. There are a wide variety of contact lenses, and we have the expertise to fit you with a pair that provides maximum comfort and suit your lifestyle and eye health. Technology is always changing, and we are always at the forefront of the latest developments. Our focus expands beyond soft contact lenses into Rigid Gas Permeable (hard) contact lenses, bifocal contact lenses and specialty lenses for patients with conditions like keratoconus, or with corneal irregularities resulting from surgery or trauma.
We recommend finding a balance between contact lenses wear and eyeglasses to best meet your overall lifestyle needs and ensure maximum corneal health.
Contact Lens Types
There are myriad types of contact lenses available, and many patients who have not been able to wear lenses successfully in the past now have options.
The following list provides an overview of some of the types of lenses available:
Disposable Soft Lenses
Disposable soft lenses are very comfortable and come in a variety of types, depending on the wearer’s needs. They are often worn for periods ranging from 2 weeks to 3 months depending on the type of lens, and then replaced. Most types need to be cleaned and stored at night unless they are approved for continuous wear. Dr. Lambright will educate you on the lens option that best fits your prescription, health and lifestyle.
Daily Disposable Soft Lenses
Daily disposable soft lenses are the healthiest lens option available. There is a significant decrease in the risk of infections and of developing an allergy to contact lenses. Daily replacement doesn’t allow the buildup of lipid and protein from your tear film onto the lens, or bacteria to grow and embed into the lens. Fortunately, contact lens companies are expanding the types of daily disposable lenses available, to provide more patients access to the very best in contact lens wear. These are a perfect option for many patients who couldn’t wear contact lenses because of allergies or mild dry eye conditions. They have a low cost per lens, and are also ideal for those who don’t want to wear contacts every day. Since they do not require the purchase of solutions and cleaners, they cost the same as a two-week lens with the purchase of solutions and cleaners over a year.
Tinted Soft Lenses
Tinted soft lenses are available in conventional, disposable or frequent replacement types. Tinted soft lenses allow you to change your eye color or enhance your eye color. Even without a need for corrective lenses, “plano” tinted lenses can be used to simply change your eye color.
Multifocal Soft Lenses
Recent technology has greatly improved multifocal soft lenses. Many patients past their 40s who need progressives can now enjoy the comfort and benefits of soft contact lenses.
Toric Soft Lenses
Toric soft lenses are used to correct astigmatism. Astigmatism is a vision condition where an irregularly shaped cornea affects the vision. Toric lenses offer an alternative to glasses or hard gas permeable contact lenses, which were previously the only options for astigmatism. There are several types of Toric lenses to choose from.
Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Lenses
These hard and gas permeable lenses offer an alternative for those who can’t wear soft lenses. RGP lenses are available in specialized designs to correct just about any vision disorder.
Specialty Contact Lenses
There are some wonderful contact lens options available for patients with corneal disease or specific contact lens needs: keratoconus, post-surgical, pellucid marginal degeneration or complicated refractive errors and needs. Patients have far more options than ever before with a custom soft lens, hybrid lens (SynergEyes) and scleral lens to name a few. Dr. Lambright and our team are specially certified and trained to successfully fit patients that may not have had the opportunity to see clearly with glasses or traditional contact lenses.
There are a variety of solutions available from many different manufacturers. The important thing to remember is that not every solution is right for every type of contact lens. Some contact lenses require the use of multipurpose solutions, while others require separate solutions for the four steps in contact lens care: disinfecting, cleaning, rinsing and enzyming. Use only the lens solutions that are recommended by your eye doctor. If you wish to change brands, check with our office first.
Contact Lens Care
Few things affect the quality of your life more than your eyes, so never put them at risk. Contact lenses are prescription medical devices. To make sure your eyes and vision stay healthy while wearing contact lenses, please follow these few guidelines or the instructions recommended by your doctor.
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