Contact Lenses

Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are a popular alternative to glasses.  There are many new designs and lens materials available today to offer more choices for your busy lifestyle.  Whether you are wearing contact lenses for sports, outdoor activities or as a fashionable change from glasses we will help determine the best choice for you.  We look at many factors, including the overall health of your eyes, tear production, the shape of your eyes and your personal needs to help us to achieve your success at wearing contact lenses.  Even if you’ve had difficulty wearing contact lenses in the past our Optometrist will work with you to achieve success.

Soft – soft contact lenses are the most popular contact lenses available.  These contact lenses offer comfort and flexibility.  Soft contact lenses are made of soft plastic polymers and water, allowing oxygen to penetrate the contact lens to the cornea which contributes greatly to the comfort of soft contact lenses.  These contact lenses are disposable and offer a variety of options for replacing such as daily wear, weekly wear, biweekly wear or monthly wear.

Daily Wear – daily wear soft contact lenses are the healthiest for your eyes.  These contact lenses offer the best comfort and are available for bifocal wearers as well as correction for astigmatism.  Daily wear contact lenses offer the least amount of maintenance as they are discarded at the end of each day.  Replacing your contact lenses regularly eliminates long-term deposits that may build up on your contact lenses.

Toric – toric contact lenses are designed to correct astigmatism.  They are available in both soft and past permeable contact lenses.  Toric contact lenses are more difficult to fit and often require more time for fitting and adaptation from both the patient and the doctor.

Bifocal - bifocal contact lenses allow the wearer to have good vision both near and far, similar to bifocal glasses.  These are available in both soft and past permeable designs.

Monovision – monovision contact lenses are lenses that use one eye for near and the other for distance.  Another option for monovision is a contact lens in one eye only.  Both options require more fitting time with the doctor and more adaptation time from the patient.

Colored – colored contact lenses can enhance your eye color or even change it completely. Colored contact lenses can be a fun change and come in various colors for both light and dark eyes.

Rigid Gas Permeable – gas permeable contact lenses replace the “hard” contact lens of the past.  Today’s rigid lenses are more comfortable and allow more oxygen to reach the cornea.  Because they are rigid, they do not change shape when you blink as soft contact lenses and often offers sharper vision than the soft contact lenses. Theses lenses are not as easy to adapt to as soft contact lenses.  In general, they can take 3-4 days to for your eyes to adapt to them and must be worn regularly to have continued comfort.

Extended Wear – extended wear contact lenses are available in both gas permeable (hard) and soft contact lenses.  They are generally worn continuously for 15-30 days without having to remove them.  There is a higher risk of infection, corneal ulcers and abnormal blood vessel growth on the cornea.  Because of these possible risks, extended wear contact lenses are generally not recommended.