All about Contact Lenses

Do you desire to wear contact lenses?  Have you been told that you cannot be fit with contact lenses?

Don’t worry, there may be a solution for you! While regular soft contact lenses work for some, patients with keratoconus, irregular corneas, post-LASIK, post-radial keratotomy, aphakia, high myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism, presbyopia and dry eyes may require specialty contact lenses. If this sounds like you, you should ask our office for a contact lens consultation today.

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What are Gas permeable (GP) contact lenses?

Gas permeable lenses are rigid contact lenses made of a durable plastic that transmits oxygen. They promote excellent eye health because they do not contain water like soft lenses and therefore resist deposits and are less prone to cause eye infections. They are also easier to handle and last longer than soft contact lenses. Gas permeable contact lenses are designed for patients with irregular corneas and refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia.

What are Hybrid contact lenses?

Hybrid lenses are a special design that combines a rigid gas permeable lens (GP) in the center surrounded by a soft skirt. They are designed for patients with irregular corneas and patients with refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia) who are unable to wear other forms of correction. These lenses offer the vision benefits of a GP lens while providing the superior comfort of a soft contact lens.

What are Scleral contact lenses?

Scleral lenses are large diameter rigid gas permeable lenses  (GP) that are designed to vault over the cornea, functionally replacing the irregular cornea with a smooth, new optical surface. Scleral lenses can be worn by anyone, but they have been particularly designed for patients with irregular corneas (keratoconus, post LASIK, post-radial keratotomy), hard-to-fit eyes and dry eyes.