Want to try contacts? Prefer a new style? Maybe you've had no luck with contact lenses in the past? Here at Eye Etc., we want you to know that contacts made today are suitable for just about everyone. And we'd love to discuss the various options that will best suit you and your lifestyle.
The greatest success comes when both doctor and patient team up for optimal "wear and care." The doctor ensures that the right lens is properly prescribed and fitted. As for the patient, they do their part to follow the wear/replacement schedule and to care for the lenses correctly.
If you fall into the "tried contacts before with no luck" category and still want corrected vision without the commitment of full-time eyeglasses or refractive surgery, take heart. With new materials, designs and care systems, there are more options than ever.
The vast majority of contact lenses today are disposable and soft. These lenses can be disposed of daily (the best for eye health and convenience) or worn up to 4 weeks at a time, depending on your wearing schedule and prescription.
What's more, silicone-hydrogel — the latest in this category — provide much more oxygen breathability and are far more "wettable" than past lenses. Such technological advancements give people the "I don't even know I have lenses in" feeling. In fact, some of these lenses are so breathable, they're approved to be worn up to 30 days. These lenses are available in astigmatic and multi-focal designs.
Rigid Gas Permeable (RGPs)
Developed to replace the old "hard" lenses in order to provide the cornea more oxygen, RGPs are much more comfortable and healthier for the eye. Because an array of different materials and designs have been developed, just about any prescription — even custom — can be fashioned for these lenses.
These lenses are a combination of a central RGP material with a surrounding soft material. Still relatively new, these lenses may fit patients who require the optics of a rigid lens but also need the comfort of soft material.
Another great option to gas permeable lenses are scleral contact lenses. They offer a larger diameter in size versus gas permeable contacts and are made of a breathable gas perm material which allow the front surface of the eye plenty of oxygen. They can be fit on patient who have corneal irregularities and or front surface disease. They come in a variety of options including single vision, patients with astigmatism and multifocal options. They may also be covered by insurance if applicable.
Lens choice is based on your:
- Optical history
- Eye health
- Wearing schedule