Contact Lenses for Distance Vision, Astigmatism, and Multifocals
Why wear contacts?
Contact lenses are available for virtually all prescription types, including astigmatism and multifocals. Contacts frequently have distinct advantages over glasses. Peripheral vision is increased with contacts compared to glasses, which is important in such activities as driving a car or playing sports. Also, contacts will not fog up or slide down your nose when you sweat.
Types of Contact Lenses
Silicone Hydrogel lenses – these lenses are (1-month or 2-week) disposables and are made up of a highly breathable material allowing more oxygen to get to the eye. These lenses help prevent the eyes from feeling dry and the chance for infections is reduced compared to the lenses made of conventional (HEMA) materials. Because these lenses are so porous, many people are able to sleep in the lenses without complications. The risks of corneal neovascularization (blood vessels growing into the cornea) is much reduced with silicone hydrogels because the cornea is not deprived of oxygen during contact lens wear.
Colored Contacts – whether you want to change the color of your eyes completely, or just highlight your true eye color, these lenses can do the trick. You can use them on a daily basis, or just when you want to have some fun. However, they are not ideal for overnight wear.
Toric lenses (for astigmatism) - there are many different contacts available that can correct small and large amounts of astigmatism. Silicone hydrogel lenses are available in most toric prescriptions to help increase comfort and ocular health.
Multifocal lenses – this type of lens works differently than bifocal or progressive glasses. It uses a simultaneous vision design so that you can see both distance and near without having to move your eyes up or down.
Rigid Gas Permeable (RGPs) – although the majority of today’s contact lens wearers use soft contact lenses, RGPs continue to be a first choice lens for certain patients. They offer superb optical clarity and have advantages over soft contact lenses when correcting an astigmatic or multifocal prescription.
Important Information About Contact Lenses
When contacts are worn and cleaned as instructed by your doctor, the risks to your eye health and vision are low, but not zero. Keep in mind that eye infections can occur in even the healthiest of eyes, and wearing contact lenses increases those chances. This is why it is imperative to have a pair of glasses in your current prescription to wear when you are unable to use your contacts.
Contact Lens Examination
A contact lens exam is done only after your annual eye health exam. The doctor will select the proper contact lens to fit your lifestyle, and then check your vision and the fit of the lenses in order to ensure minimal risk of complications. In most cases, diagnostic (or trial) lenses are used at the first visit so that you may test the contacts before purchasing a supply.
Frequently, a contact lens follow-up appointment is necessary in order to finalize your prescription. At your follow-up visit, the contacts will be re-evaluated to ensure that your vision is acceptable and the lenses are clean. If you, or the doctor, notice any problems, an adjustment will be made at that time. If all is well, your contact lens prescription will be issued. If you choose to purchase contacts with us, our contact lens prices are competitive and we are happy to offer the opportunity to buy your lenses from a doctor you trust.
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