Contact lenses are an increasingly popular choice for people with imperfect vision and aging eyes. More options are available now than ever before, and all are increasingly more comfortable and functional.
We take pride in helping our customers find the right kind of contact for their eyes, their lifestyle and level of comfort. If contacts are the right choice for your eyes, we'll help make the switch to contacts as easy as possible.
There are a handful of general contact lens types to know about when you come in for an appointment.
Hard Contact Lenses
Not many people wear hard contact lenses anymore. Made of hard plastic that is often not gas permeable, hard lenses are more difficult to put in and take out. They are also more difficult to adjust to for new users. The advantage of this type of contact lens is they last a long time - typically 3-5 years.
Daily Wear Soft Contacts
Soft contact lenses are able to accommodate a range of correction from slight to severe. They're comfortable to wear and easy for new contact lens wearers to get used to. They are very breathable, so your eye won't dry out or become irritated, and feel very soft and light.
The advantage of daily wear contacts, also referred to as disposable contacts, is they are thrown out at the end of each day, letting you wear a fresh, clean pair every morning. There is no need for cleaning solutions, residue build-up or wear and tear.
It is not uncommon at all for patients to be resistant to contact lenses for health and cleanliness reasons. It's difficult to touch your eyes at first, and the thought of putting anything potentially unclean in the eye turns many people away from contacts. Daily wear contacts help eliminate that fear. They are generally very light and thin, easy to put in, and the wearer can feel more comfortable knowing the lenses are clean each day they're worn.
Extended Wear Lenses
Extended wear lenses are soft lenses made to last much longer. Their unique composition allows more oxygen to reach the eye and don't dry out like other soft contact lenses. These lenses often last 30 days or more, and allow you to keep them in for 7 days or more without taking them out at night. Extended wear lenses are a good option for people who travel, are uncomfortable removing and inserting contacts, and are perfect for children.
Rigid Gas-permeable Lenses
Rigid lenses are often the most clear, sharp option for lens wearers. They are very gas-permeable for a long life-span, but they do take time to get used to. We don't recommend them for people who are highly physically active, but when vision clarity is the primary goal, rigid gas-permeable lenses are an excellent option.
Multi-focal and Monovision Contact Lenses
Around the age of 40, patients may start to experience symptoms of presbyopia - a condition that affects the ability to focus both far and near. Multifocal and monovision contacts are two great options for those who don't want to wear bifocal eyeglasses.
We offer many different soft, multifocal contact designs, and are more than happy to work with you to find the most comfortable contact for your eyes while eliminating the need for bifocal or reading glasses.
Some of our patients have had difficult adjusting to multifocal contacts. If you try multifocals don't meet your expectations, we can also fit your eyes with monovision contacts. Monovision designates one eye as your distance vision eye, and the other as your reading eye.
This isn't an option to try without an eye exam, but for our patients who can use them successfully, it's a wonderful way to correct presbyopia.
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We've helped thousands of people successfully transition to contact lenses from eyeglasses, or get started with vision correction. Let us help you too.