We are experts in all types of contact lens options.
Nowadays, contact lens options are available for almost all eye conditions and situations. From bifocal to astigmatism, tinted to UV protection, you have many choices when it comes to the world of contacts. Even people with complicated prescriptions who have been told they could not wear contacts, may be able to enjoy vision without needing to rely on glasses.
Conventional soft and rigid lenses have been around for many years, as have daily wear and overnight options. There are however, several options that most folks have never heard of and we would like you to know about them:
Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT):
Non-surgical correction for nearsightedness and astigmatism
This is a new technology that allows us to correct vision so that no glasses or contacts are necessary during the daytime. A specially designed contact lens is used to change the shape of the cornea, much like LASIK (refractive surgery). The difference is that CRT is reversible (unlike surgical procedures), and requires nightly wearing of the lenses. This technique is available for most prescriptions for nearsightedness. Learn more about Corneal Refractive Therapy.
Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses
Dr. Farberow and Dr. Simmons have been fitting RGPs (a rigid material that is permeable to oxygen) with a great deal of success since they graduated optometry school. However, this lens has limited appeal due to its rigid nature. Many people grew up wearing the much more supple, pliable material commonly known as soft lenses.
RGPs have been around for many years now, but they have been poorly utilized, partly due to their greater complexity in prescribing. Over the past few years, there have been additional improvements in design, and we are very happy to report that now a much larger percentage of the population can enjoy good vision with these lenses. Make sure to ask us about this option when you come in for your next exam.
Scleral Contact Lenses
Scleral contact lenses are the latest technology in rigid gas permeable lens design. These rigid lenses are designed to fit onto the sclera of the eye and vault over the sensitive cornea. They are very comfortable on initial insertion and give remarkably clear and stable vision. We use these lenses for our patients who have distorted corneas from eye disease or injury and also for those who have unstable vision with soft astigmatic lenses.
Soft Contact Lenses
Soft contact lenses are by far the most commonly prescribed contact lenses. They are available in a variety of styles. We offer lenses that are disposed of on a daily, semimonthly, monthly or quarterly basis. Soft lenses can correct for most amounts of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. In addition, multifocal soft lenses can correct both near and far vision for those who usually wear bifocal glasses.