There are a number of reasons why you might prefer contact lenses to standard eyewear: a glasses-free look, hassle-free vision correction, wearing non-prescription sunwear and goggles, or the convenience of not having to worry about misplacing your glasses. If you have a high prescription or astigmatism, contact lenses may provide more enhanced vision correction than glasses. Some people are even able to wear multifocal lenses that provide both distance and near vision.
Our doctors can recommend the best contact lenses for you based on a complete eye examination and a review of your visual needs both at work and play. Since most people can wear more than one type of lens, it’s important to know what the choices are and the advantages and disadvantages to each.
These lenses are comfortable to wear and must be replaced monthly or daily depending on the type you choose. Soft lenses are often recommended for sports because they fit closer to the eye and are more difficult to dislodge. They can provide correction for most prescriptions including astigmatism.
Gas-Permeable (GP) Lenses
Made of moderately flexible plastics, GP lenses offer sharp vision and correct most vision problems. For individuals with very high amounts of astigmatism or irregular corneal curvature, they are often the best contact lens option for clear vision. They are more durable than soft contact lenses and can be easier to handle and care for but require a longer adaptation period and consistent wear to maintain adaptation.
In both soft and GP designs, multifocal lenses offer patients both distance and near vision correction just like a pair of bifocal glasses. These are available in both daily disposable and monthly disposable options, and are very popular for sports.
Scleral (GP) Lenses
For people who have a highly irregular cornea due to previous eye injury, eye disease such as keratoconus, or severe dry eye syndrome, scleral gas permeable contact lenses can be a great option. These are often referred to as "specialty" lenses due to the highly specific fit for each person. The lenses are very large in diameter, which helps to bridge over the entire corneal and land on the sclera (the white part) of the eye.
Schedule an appointment with us to determine if contact lensesmight be a good option for you!