A contact lens is a corrective lens placed on the cornea of the eye to improve vision problems such as farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia. An estimated 125 million people use contact lenses worldwide.
The vast majority of people requiring vision correction can wear contact lenses without any problems. New materials and lens care technologies have made today’s contacts more comfortable, safer and easier to wear.
Types of Lenses:
There are many different types and brands of contact lenses. Drs. Poulos, Lemke, Trigilio, Anetakis, Webster and Plug can help you determine which type of contact lens is right for you.
Soft Contact Lenses: The most common option for contact lens-patients is soft contact lenses. These lenses are made of hydrophilic or “water-loving” polymer. The oxygen-permeable soft lenses allow for comfortable extended periods of wear. Their comfortability combined with their ability to provide clear, stable vision makes soft contact lenses the popular choice. However, soft contact lens do not correct all vision problems, the vision obtained from them is not as sharp as with other lenses, and they tend to soil easily, and therefore need to be replaced more often.
Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses: Another option is the rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lens. These contacts are made from rigid waterless polymer, and are oxygen permeable. RGPs transmit more oxygen to the eye than soft contact lenses, and therefore promote good ocular health. RGPs are generally prescribed to patients with irregular ocular surfaces, astigmatism not corrected by soft lenses, and to those patients who require a multifocal or bifocal lenses. They are longer lasting, easier to clean, and usually provided better vision than soft lenses. However, RGPs tend to slip off the center of the eye more easily, tend to collect debris under them more than soft lenses, and must be worn consistently at length to promote adaptation.
Cosmetic Contact Lenses: Cosmetic contact lenses are lenses designed to alter the appearance of the eye. They may or may not also provide corrected vision. One type of cosmetic lenses aims to “change” the color of the eye by providing a tinted color to the lens, that when placed on the cornea gives the appearance of the desired color. Another type of cosmetic lens aims to give the appearance of an enlarged iris. Cosmetic lenses generally cause eye irritation when first introduced to the eye, but once adaptation occurs, irritation usually subsides.
Contact Lenses for Any Vision Need
We utilize virtually all brands and types of contact lens available today including bifocal lenses, tinted lenses, and lenses to correct astigmatism.
We have thousands of trial lenses in stock and most patients leave the office with trial lenses the same day as their contact lens fitting.
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