People choose to wear contact lenses for many reasons, often due to their appearance and practicality. When compared with spectacles, contact lenses are less affected by wet weather, do not steam up, and provide a wider field of vision. They are more suitable for a number of sporting activities. If you were told in the past that you could not wear contact lenses because you had astigmatism or because you needed bifocals or perhaps your prescription is too high, that may not hold true today. Todays contact lenses are not only available in a wide variety of powers (including astigmatism and bifocals and even both simultaneously), but are also extremely comfortable.
Our doctors will present different options and help you choose the best contact lens and wearing schedule to fit you lifestyle, provide excellent vision and maintain your eye health. You may choose to wear daily disposable on the weekends and wear your glasses full-time. Perhaps wearing the contact during the week and glasses at home works best for you. Sometimes we can have different options and combinations depending on the activity (golfing, fishing, hunting Vs. playing on the computer or a board game).
Types Of Contact Lenses
We carry more than 10,000 trials in stock. That means that you are very likely to leave with a set of contact lenses on your first visit. This is a very important time saving feature at our practice.
Disposable Soft Lenses
As the name implies, disposable lenses are lenses that can be discarded after an indicated wearing period. The life of this lenses range from 1 day to 1 month, depending on the brand. Disposable lenses are preferred by today’s doctors because the are a much more healthier options for patients.
Daily disposables are a great options for those who were told they could not wear contact lenses because of allergies or mild dry eye conditions. They have a low cost per lens and are also popular for athletes and hobbyists who do not necessarily want to wear contact lenses every day. Also people who travel a lot and prefer not to have to carry the cleaning and disinfection system.
Soft Colored Contact Lenses
Color contact lenses are available for those that want to enhance their natural eye color and even those who want to completely change them. Opaque color contact work well for people with dark eye who want to experiment with different colors. Even if you do not need to wear correction for vision, Our doctors can fit you and prescribe color contacts to change your eye color. It is important to be fitted by an eye doctor for colored contact lenses even if you do not need a prescription; wearing the wrong style can damage your eyeball.
Bifocal Soft Lenses
Many contact happy and successful contact lens wearers have stopped wearing their contact once they entered their 40’s and began to have issues with reading and other near vision work. That is absolutely not the case these days. Soft multifocal contact lens designs and materials are excellent. A great majority of patients,even first time contact lens wearers, achieve excellent distance , intermediate and near vision. Drs. Don and Jill Ellison are both multifocal fitting experts with hundreds of successful fits and happy patients wearing multifocals.
Soft Lenses for Astigmatism (AKA Toric Lenses)
The availability toric lenses has allowed doctors to properly correct the vision of many patients. Many patients still think that they cannot wear contacts because they have astigmatism. And many others have compromised vision with their current non-astigmatic lenses. Since we have thousands of trials in office, you will have the opportunity to experience toric lenses. The correction of astigmatism can make a tremendous difference in your vision and in your life.
Extended Wear Soft Lenses
Since the cornea (The clear front surface of the eyes) does not have any blood vessels, it obtains its Oxygen from ambient air. Older lens technology was not approved or recommended for extended wear (to wear overnight). New technology has created more Oxygen materials. This allow the transmition of more oxygen to the cornea of the eye. Although wearing contact lenses overnight can increase the risk of certain sight-threatening complications, extended wear amy be suitable for certain patients. Extended wear lenses can last one week, two weeks, or one month, depending upon the lens material and your doctor’s recommendations.
Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Lenses
Rigid lenses were once thought as old technology. In recent years however, new and more oxygen and water permeable materials have allowed for the development of more comfortable lenses. Even with the increase in availability if many different power and fits in soft contact lenses, some patients cannot wear soft lenses. For those with irregular corneas (Keratoconus, very high astigmatism, pellucid marginal degeneration, corneal transplants and toher corneal irregularities) rigid lenses continues to be the best option for optimal vision.
As contact lens specialist, Drs. Jill and Don Ellison have experience with customizing fits and designing rigid lenses for each unique irregular corneal surface.
There are a variety of solutions available from many different manufacturers. The important thing to remember is that not every solution is right for every type of contact lens. Some contact lenses require the use of multipurpose solutions, while others require separate solutions for the four steps in contact lens care: disinfecting, cleaning, rinsing, and enzyming. Use only the lens solutions that are recommended by the eye doctor. If you wish to change brands, check with our office first.