Correct Your Vision with Contact Lenses
Gaddie Eye Centers and staff are fully committed to providing you with the most comprehensive contact lens experience possible. Our contact lens specialists evaluate all aspects of the contact lens patient, including ocular health, comfort and vision.
Many options exist for the optimal correction of all vision needs, including astigmatism and bifocals. We now have options for dry eye patients who want to wear contacts. In order for us to provide you with the best possible vision that meets your lifestyle demands, it is necessary for us to evaluate contact lens patients annually.
To ensure your long-term success with contact lenses, we will:
- Evaluate your visual acuity with your current contact lenses
- Determine any contact lens prescription change (remember, the contact lens prescription is much more detailed than a standard glasses prescription)
- Evaluate the fit of your current contact lenses
- Microscopically assess the health of the front surface of your eyes
- Measure the shape characteristics of your cornea (Computerized topography mapping of your eye may be used to fit and monitor complicated cases)
- Review the results of this evaluation and discuss available options with you
Contact Lens Types
So, you want to wear contacts! you have a few choices that we need to make. We need to consider the type of lens (or lens material), the wearing regimen, and the lens care solutions. We also need to consider the style of lens that you desire (single vision or multi-focal, for example.) Most frequently, contacts are divided into two types based on the material that they are made from.
Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Lenses
RGP, often called hard lenses, are an older type of lens. When properly fit, they provide a better quality of vision, though they often a greater adaptation period. For individuals with unusual prescriptions or various corneal problems, they provide the best option to enhance vision.
They come in various prescriptions, including correction for myopia (nearsightedness), and hyperopia (farsightedness). They correct astigmatism, by nature of their design, and they also come in various multi-focal options.
RGP lenses must be removed every night and cleaned with solution specifically designed for RGP's. With proper care, RGP lenses are more durable than soft contacts and typically last 3-5 years before they need to be replaced.
Soft lenses are the most common type of lenses worn because they are generally more comfortable than the rigid lenses. Soft lenses come in two basic materials, traditional hydrogel lenses and the newer silicone-based lenses.
They also come in carious prescriptions, including corrections for myopia, hyperopia, toric lenses (for the correction of astigmatism) and the multi-focal lenses (that help see both distance and near).
There are various wearing regimens for soft lenses. Some lenses are replaced daily, while other lenses are replaced at 2 week, one month, or three month intervals. Some lenses are FDA approved to sleep in, while others should be removed every night. Our doctors will discuss these options with you and prescribe the appropriate lenses based on your needs.
Many soft contacts are also available in colored lenses that may highlight, enhance or even change the color of your eyes.
Contact lenses are medical devices that require a prescription.
- Proper care is necessary for successful wear and good eye health. The solutions recommended for cleaning, disinfecting, soaking and rinsing your contact lenses and the eye drops for use while wearing the lenses will be prescribed specifically for your eyes and your lenses. You will be provided with products to clean, disinfect, and store your contact lenses. Please follow these instructions carefully.
- How well your eyes adapt to your lenses is the key factor in determining wearing time. Do not exceed the wearing schedule we prescribe for you.
- Remember, like any prescription device, contact lenses must be monitored on a regular basis. Professional follow-up care is the most important element in successful long-term lens wear: Please keep your scheduled appointments.
As one of the largest contact lens practices in the region, we provide constant consultation services to major contact lens manufacturers and typically receive new products before they are available to eye care providers. This allows us to keep you informed of the latest advances in contact lens technology and care.
Many patients do quite well with "regular" contact lenses discussed above. But some conditions, such as irregular corneas, keratoconus, irregular astigmatism or other conditions require a special type of lenses. Learn more about specialty contacts.
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