The world of contact lenses has changed quickly and dramatically over the last couple of years. We are now able to fit more people who could not wear contact lenses in the past. We can also offer more modalities of wearing contact lenses than we ever could.
There are two general types of contact lenses: hard and soft. The hard lenses most commonly used today are rigid, gas-permeable lenses (RGP for short). They are made of plastics and other materials such as silicone or fluoropolymers. RGP lenses may be the best choice when the cornea has enough astigmatism (is shaped like an egg instead of an orange) that a soft lens will not provide sharp vision. They may also be preferable when a person has allergies or tends to form protein deposits on his or her contacts. Soft lenses are the choice of most contact lens wearers. These lenses are comfortable and come in many versions, depending on how you want to wear them.
Daily disposable contact lenses are single-use lenses that are removed and discarded at the end of each day, and a fresh pair of lenses is applied to the eyes the next morning, eliminating the use of contact lens solutions. Daily contact lenses are the most recommended among practitioners for their health and convenience benefits. They are available in several designs including single vision, multifocal, astigmatism correction, and colors.
Now you do not have to give up your contact lenses when you need to wear bifocals. Multifocal contacts are available in both soft materials and rigid gas permeable material. Several lens manufacturers offer multifocal contact lenses made of silicone hydrogel material. These lenses allow significantly more oxygen to reach the cornea than conventional soft lenses for greater wearing comfort.
Hybrid contacts are large-diameter lenses that have a rigid gas permeable central zone, surrounded by a peripheral zone made of soft material. The purpose of this design is to provide the visual clarity of RGP lenses, combined with wearing comfort that is comparable to soft lenses. Hybrid lenses are available for the correction of keratoconus, nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism in healthy eyes.
Your Andersen Eye Associates contact lens authority is on the cutting edge of technology. We strive to stay on top of the latest lenses available so we know what lens will work best for you. If the first choice does not work, we can recommend other options to fit you successfully.
Ask your Andersen Eye Associates contact lens authority what would be best for you.
To learn more about the proper care of your contact lenses: Caring for your Contact Lenses
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