Routine and Specialty Contact Lenses

Contact Lenses

We keep current with the newest contact lenses on the market. Virtually all of the contact lenses we fit are made of a new material that allows far more oxygen to the eyes. This material allows the contact lenses to be much safer and healthier for our patients. When patients come into our practice and have never worn contact lenses we take extra special care to train them how to put their contact lenses on and take them off. We also go over all of the Do’s and Don’ts of contact lens wear to prepare you.

Daily Contact Lenses

Daily contact lenses allow the comfort of a new contact lens on a daily basis. The build up on contact lenses that is often associated with extended wear contact lenses is no longer an issue. These are great lenses for new wearers as it essentially eliminates most of the causes of contact lens related complications.

Contact Lens Options for Aging

  • Multifocal Contact Lenses– multifocal contact lenses are lenses with concentric circles and the brain interprets which part of the lens to use for distance versus at near. There are several great options available now. One of the best options available now is the Daily Total One MF, which combines the technology of one of the best contact lenses on the market with one of the best multifocal lenses on the market.
  • Monovision– monovision is when we fit one eye for distance and one eye for reading. This option is not for everyone but for the right patient it is a great option. We often also fit monovision patients with glasses to go over the contact lenses to help manage blurred distance vision, especially at night.

Specialty Contact Lenses

There are certain eye conditions that require a more specialized contact lens. Conditions such as keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, dry eye disease and other conditions that typically impact the cornea are managed often best managed with contact lenses.

  • Scleral Contact Lenses– Scleral contact lenses are lenses larger diameter hard contact lenses that allow the contact to vault over the entire cornea. These are helpful for corneal conditions because the contact lens is filled with fluid and the fluid fills in any corneal irregularities allowing you to look through one smooth surface. These are also helpful in patients with dry eyes because they are filled with fluid and the fluid helps to keep constant lubrication on the cornea.
  • Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses-RGP contact lenses are small diameter hard lenses. They provide excellent optics and because they allow tears to get underneath them they are one of the healthier contact lens options. When you blink your eyelid touches the edge of these contact lenses give a foreign body sensation.
  • Custom Ortho Keratology –OrthoK is a contact lens fitting process where we fit the contact lenses to wear at night while you sleep and during the day you don’t wear glasses or contact lenses. This can be done for people who are nearsighted or farsighted, have astigmatism, or require a multifocal contact lens. These lenses are gaining popularity as repeated research continues to come out demonstrating the use of these lenses to control myopia progression. If you have a very high prescription this can be done for you but it should definitely be considered for your child, especially when they are 6 years old and already progressing quickly.

Contact Lenses for Pediatric Patients

We do not have a magic age when contact lenses are a good option. Did you know some infants have to wear contact lenses? See the pediatric link for more information on contact lens options for children.