There is constant evolution in the area of contacts and we’re always excited to bring you the latest. From the new daily disposable and astigmatism lenses to multifocal and monovision, we have all the options and can help you find the best contact lens solution for your lifestyle.
There are so many different kinds of contact lenses available: nearsighted, farsighted, astigmatism, multifocal and dry eyes. Contact lenses can be a great alternative to glasses. A good pair of back-up glasses is essential as there will be times when contacts cannot be worn, such as an eye infection or allergy season.
Single use or daily disposable contacts are the future of contacts. These lenses are the preferred type of contact lens for first time wearers, kids, occasional users and people with sensitive or dry eyes. The lens is worn once and then thrown away. No cleaning, no solution and no fuss. At about $1.00 a day, they are a great value.
Soft contact lenses are a great option. Not only are they comfortable, but come in almost every prescription. Most lenses are worn during the day and replaced with a fresh pair once a month. Replacing lenses helps to maintain good eye health, reduces risk of infection and ensures optimal comfort.
New materials may allow some people to wear their lenses continuously for up to one month. These new special materials are designed to increase oxygen flow to the eye.
In the past colored contacts were uncomfortable to wear and made from materials that weren’t very breathable. One of our favorite lenses now comes in a great variety of colors. Finally we have a comfortable lens for patients that want to change or enhance their eye color for everyday or just for the night out.
Gas permeable lenses are made from different plastics than soft lenses. They are smaller diameter and fit on the cornea differently. In some cases, GP lenses can provide sharper vision than soft lenses. GP lenses are the most comfortable when worn everyday. Occasional wearers are better suited to soft lenses.
Multifocal contact lenses are available in both soft and GP materials. These can be a great alternative to wearing glasses or may greatly reduce your need for reading glasses over your contacts. Monovision is also a good option. Standard lenses are used, but one eye is set more for distance and the other eye is set more for reading. Both multifocal and monovision contact lenses require practice and adaptation for them to work their best. We plan on up to three follow-up visits with the doctor before the best combination of lenses can be determined. Be prepared for the time involved and have the patience for practice/adaptation.
Contact lenses can really benefit an athlete. Athletic performance can be improved by increasing peripheral vision and reducing glare. You can easily wear appropriate protective eyewear such as goggles or sunglasses. Contact lenses don't fog up, slide down or fall off.