There are several 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. In addition, 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 at play. Since most people can wear more than one type of lens, it’s essential to know the choices and advantages, and disadvantages.
These lenses are comfortable to wear and must be replaced monthly, weekly, or daily depending on the type prescribed. Soft lenses are often recommended for sports because they fit closer to the eye and are more difficult to dislodge. In addition, they can provide correction for most prescriptions, including astigmatism. Today, with the introduction of newer materials like silicone hydrogels, which allow more oxygen to the eye, patients find it easier to wear soft lenses comfortably than ever.
RGP lenses offer sharp vision and correct most vision problems. They are more durable than soft contact lenses and can be easier to handle, as they are made of moderately flexible plastics. However, they require a more extended adaptation period and consistent wear to maintain adaptation. Many eye doctor offices are shying away from the fitting process required with these lenses; we continue to fit some patients in this type of lens.
In both soft and RGP designs, multifocal lenses offer patients both distance and near vision correction, just like a pair of bifocal glasses.
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.
Silicone hydrogels are soft contact lenses that have high oxygen permeability and are comparable to RGP lenses.
Regardless of the type of contact lenses you wear, an annual eye exam is recommended to ensure the continued good health of your eyes. Schedule an appointment for an assessment and advice with Dr. Shannon Clark Leitenbauer today!Skip to content