Thanks to advances in optical technology, almost everyone can now wear contact lenses, regardless of the type or extent of their vision problems. That includes patients with astigmatism and those who need bifocal or multifocal lenses. At Lakeland Ophthalmology, we offer a comprehensive array of contact lenses. Dr. Hirschfeld can help you find contact lenses that best fit your needs.
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Daily-wear Soft Contacts
Daily-wear soft contact lenses are by far the most popular type of contacts worn. Made of a flexible plastic polymer, daily-wear lenses are put in each morning and taken out each night. They rest in a cleaning solution while you sleep. Daily-wear contacts come in many colors and typically last about one year.
Extended-wear Soft Contacts
Extended-wear soft contact lenses can be worn all the time, including while you sleep. Depending on whether you have 7-day (standard) or 30-day lenses, you only need to take out and clean your contacts once a week or once a month. Extended-wear lenses are made of soft silicone that retains moisture longer than daily-wear contacts, allows more oxygen to reach the eye, and prevents bacteria and protein buildup.
Although many patients prefer the convenience of 30-day contacts, be aware that they tend to be stiffer than 7-day lenses, scratch more easily and may be blurrier.
Disposable soft lenses are intended to be thrown out and replaced after you’ve worn them for a certain length of time. This makes them even easier to maintain than regular soft contacts. Many disposable lenses are designed for replacement each morning, every two weeks, or even every three months. Daily-wear disposables are worn during waking hours only, while extended-wear disposables can be worn for longer periods.
Daily Disposable Lenses
Daily disposable contact lenses are intended to be thrown out and replaced after you’ve worn them for the day. They are even easier to maintain than regular soft contacts because they require no cleaning or disinfecting. Daily disposable lenses are also a very healthy option since any bacteria that forms on the lens during the course of the day is disposed of that night and a fresh, clean lens is used the following morning.
Rigid, gas-permeable contacts offer several benefits over soft lenses. They:
- Can correct a wider range of vision problems, including a high degree of astigmatism;
- Provide sharper vision than most soft lenses;
- Allow more oxygen to pass through to the eye, reducing the risk of corneal irritation;
- Are more durable than soft lenses and don’t need to be replaced as often, lasting as long as two or three years.
Because they are much harder than flexible contacts, gas-permeable lenses may take some getting used to when you first start wearing them. They are also more likely than soft lenses to slip off the center of your eye and require adjustment, making them an inconvenient choice for patients who play sports or participate in other demanding activities. However, most patients soon grow accustomed to the feel of gas-permeable lenses and are satisfied with the improvement in vision they offer without the need for glasses.
Toric contact lenses are designed to correct for astigmatism. In patients with astigmatism, part of the cornea has an oblong shape, which can make it difficult to achieve clear vision with a typical soft contact lens. Toric lenses have two different powers of correction in order to maximize vision and accommodate the astigmatism. They are available in a variety of forms, including daily, weekly and monthly disposables, as well as with colored options.
Progressive Toric Lenses
Progressive toric contact lenses are a variant of toric lenses that not only correct astigmatism, but also vision problems due to presbyopia. Presbyopia is a natural change in the ability of our eyes to focus, occurring in most people as they age. It causes small or close-up objects to appear blurry. Progressive toric lenses offer multiple powers of correction in one lens to provide sharp vision at a range of distances to those with astigmatism.
Brands we Carry
- Oasys for Astigmatism
- Oasys presbyopia
- Acuvue Tru Eyes
- Acuvue One Day Moist
- Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism
- Ciba Vision products:
- Freshlook Colors
- Dailies Aqua Comfort plus
- Air Optix
- Air Optix multifocal
- Air Optix for Astigmatism
- Air Optix Night & Day
- Bausch & Lomb:
- PureVision Multi-focal
- Bausch&Lomb SofLens Muti-focal
- Bausch&Lomb SofLens Daily Disposables
- Bausch& Lomb SofLens 66 Toric
- Special Eyes custom Contacts
To learn more about Contact Lenses or to make an appointment, call us at 973-331-0300.