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Contact Lenses

Eye Associates has numerous contact lenses options and offer specialty contact lens fittings.

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. Today, you can even replace your bifocal glasses with bifocal contact lenses. Your eye care provider 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.


SOFT LENSES

These lenses are comfortable to wear and must be replaced monthly, weekly or daily depending on the type. Soft lenses are often recommended for sports because they fit closer to the eye and are more difficult to dislodge. Today, with the introduction of newer materials like silicone hydrogels, which allow more oxygen to the eye, patients find it easier than ever to wear soft lenses comfortably.

MULTIFOCAL LENSES

In both soft and GP designs, multifocal lenses offer patients both distance and near vision correction just like a pair of bifocal glasses.

COLOR CONTACT LENSES

These lenses enhance your eye color or even change it completely. Colored contact lenses are fun and come in a variety of colors for both light and dark eyes.

GAS-PERMEABLE (GP) LENSES

Made of moderately flexible plastics, GP lenses offer sharp vision and correct most vision problems. 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.

SCLERAL LENSES

Scleral lenses are large-diameter gas permeable lenses. They are called “scleral” lenses because they completely vault over the cornea (the clear dome of tissue that covers the colored part of the eye) and extend onto the sclera (the white part of the eye). Patients with irregular corneas, patients with conditions that affect the tear film and patients with refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism) who are unable to wear other forms of correction could benefit from scleral lenses.  Scleral lenses mask this irregularity and allow for clearer vision by providing a smooth front surface through which light can enter the eye.  Additionally, patients who need visual correction, but are unable to wear other contact lenses, may find larger-diameter lenses more comfortable than other lens designs.

ORTHOKERATOLOGY (CORNEAL RESHAPING)

Orthokeratology corrects myopia (nearsightedness) and mild astigmatism by gently reshaping the cornea with special contact lenses. The patient uses the contact lenses overnight and removes them for the day and will experience clear vision during the day without contact lenses or eyeglasses. The results are temporary, so the patient must continue to wear the lenses regularly at night to maintain optimum results.