Contact Lens Info
Contact Lens Options
Many different contact lenses are available for specific vision needs.
- Rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses are made of more rigid plastic than soft contacts. The lenses are also smaller in diameter, which makes them easier to handle for many people. And since the gas permeable lenses are more durable, they can be worn for 1 to 2 years before being replaced, and provide excellent vision, usually as good or better than eyeglasses. These lenses are usually indicated to enhance vision for certain ocular conditions like astigmatism or keratoconus.
There are also many types of soft contact lenses available:
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- Daily disposable lenses are the newest way to wear contacts. Solutions and cases are unnecessary since they are dispensed on a daily basis. The daily disposables are ideal for those who want the ultimate in convenience, comfort and health.
- 2-week disposable soft contact lenses are the most commonly prescribed contact lenses. Sold in boxes of 6, each lens is discarded every two weeks.
- Monthly disposable soft contact lenses are replaced at 1 month intervals, and require nightly removal, cleaning and soaking to ensure optimal eye health.
- Extended wear lenses are specifically designed to be worn for a week to a month without needing to remove nightly. These lenses go through special testing, to ensure the ocular surface is not compromised with this type of lens wear. These lenses are very low maintenance, and are only to be worn in this way as your eye care provider recommends.
- Toric soft contact lenses are specially made for people who have astigmatism. Unlike regular soft contact lenses, the curvature of a toric contact lens matches the astigmatic curvature of the cornea.
- Tinted contact lenses are designed for cosmetic color changes in any color under the rainbow. While providing cosmetic changes to the patient’s eye color, these lenses are still a medical device that is prescribed for the individual by his/her eye doctor.
- Bifocal contact lenses (Multifocal Contact Lenses) are designed to provide good vision for patients with presbyopia, or the eye’s inability to focus on near objects. Bifocal contacts are available in both soft and rigid gas permeable lenses, and work much like bifocal eyeglasses.