All contact lenses are medical device and therefore require a prescription and must be properly fitted and prescribed by an eye care specialist yearly.
An annual eye examination is needed to determine whether the cornea is healthy enough to continue wearing the contact lenses as well as verify the prescription is correct.
Improper use, such as wearing unclean or unsterilized lenses, can cause permanent eye damage or result in vision loss. These risks are significantly higher in patients who elect to wear lenses on continuous overnight or extended basis, for those who do not follow proper lens cleaning regimes as prescribed, as well as those who do not throw away lenses as prescribed.
Soft lenses are made out of a flexible plastic that is combined with water and other chemicals to allow oxygen to flow through the contact lens and to the cornea, which increases comfort and helps maintain corneal health.
Soft Contact Lenses are very easy to apply and remoe, stays in place and is easier to adjust to than hard lenses. Soft lenses are disposable and there are options available that can be worn from one day to one month (removing them nightly) before discarding.
Hard Contact lenses are Rigid Gas Permeable lenses which allow more flexibility and oxygen to pass through the lens to the cornea, while maintaining their shape on the cornea.
Initial comfort is the only area where soft lenses excel over hard lenses. Once the patient is accustomed to hard contact lenses, they are extremely durable, easy to care for, offer clear, crisp vision and can correct all types of refractive errors and most corneal irregularities.
For contact lens wearers, our doctors are experienced in complicated contact lens fittings, and can help guide you to lenses that provide the optimum comfort and vision performance.
We will also help you file insurance for all glasses and contact lens purchases.
Any patient who is unhappy with their vision out of soft or hard lenses have corneal irregularities or need other options to correct their vision are eligible for specialty contact lenses, including:
Hybrid Lenses: A hard contact lens with a soft lens edge provides crisp vision out of the hard lens while maintaining the comfort of a soft lens – beneficial for patients with high myopia, high astigmatism, presbyopia with astigmatism, and irregular corneas.
Scleral Lenses: A large hard contact lens that ranges in size between 16 mm and 20mm, which covers a larger area of the eye than the iris. These lenses are used in cases of irregular corneas, post refractive surgery, or severe dry eye.
OrthoKeratology/Corneal Refractive Therapy: The fitting of specially designed gas permeable contact lenses are worn while asleep reshape the cornea to reduce myopia and astigmatism.
If you currently wear, or are interested in seeing if you are eligible to wear contact lenses, Contact EyeCare Optical today to schedule an appointment with one of our Optometrists at one of our four locations for a contact lens evaluation.