Contact Lenses

 

We are happy to discuss the options available for you.  Many patients choose contact lenses for their primary vision correction and glasses for an alternative or part-time wear.  Alternatively, some patients prefer to wear glasses for the majority of their day, but enjoy the option of wearing contacts for certain activities and events.

 

New contact lenses are being introduced every year, meaning many of our patients who were unable to wear contacts in the past are finding great success with them now.  We carry many options and do our best in selecting contact lenses that you will love wearing.  The following is a brief list of some of the options available.

 

 

Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT)

 

Corneal refractive therapy provides a reshaping of the cornea to correct near-sightedness.  These specially designed contact lenses lenses are worn overnight and removed upon awakening thus allowing the patient to be free contact lenses or spectacles throughout the daytime hours.  Often patients are able to maintain good vision by sleeping in the lenses as little as 2-3 days per week.  Call to schedule an appointment to see if you would be a good candidate.

 

Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP's)

Gas permeable contact lenses are rigid lenses made of durable plastic that transmit oxygen.  These lenses are small and cover only a portion of the cornea.  Though they are less popular than soft lenses, gas permeable contacts are a great choice for some patients.  They are very durable and typically provide very crisp vision.  These contacts can be used to correct myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia and are often worn by patients who have keratoconus.

 

Soft Contact Lenses

These contact lenses are made from gel-like, water-containing plastics called hydrogels, and cover the entire cornea.  Because of the material, soft lenses are typically more comfortable when you first insert them into your eyes. Many soft lenses are disposable, so you can throw them away after using them for a short time.  Like RGP's, soft lenses can correct myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia.  New types of soft lenses continue to come to market as new technologies develop. 



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