Specialty Contact Lenses
Standard contact lenses may not be suitable for everyone. Some people with dry eye, keratoconus, or other eye conditions may be advised that they should not wear contacts. Although standard contacts may not be an option, specialty contact lenses may be a suitable alternative.
Types of Specialty Contacts
Specialty contact lenses are lenses specifically designed for people who cannot wear standard contacts. They can be used for various vision correction needs and there are several types available. The specific type of special contact lenses someone requires will depend on their individual needs.
Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses
Rigid gas permeable lenses or RGP lenses are harder lenses that provide sharper vision correction than soft contact lenses. They also tend to be more durable and may last for years when cared for properly. One downfall of rigid gas permeable lenses is that they can be harder to adjust to for new contact lens wearers.
Scleral lenses are a type of rigid gas permeable lenses that are larger and rest on the sclera, a less sensitive part of the eye than the cornea. They tend to be more comfortable than standard RGP lenses and can be helpful for people with a variety of eye conditions.
Ortho-k lenses are special gas-permeable lenses that are used to reshape the cornea. People wear these specialty contact lenses at night while they sleep so that they can enjoy clear vision during the day without the use of other contacts or glasses. These lenses are a good option for people who want or need alternatives to wearing corrective eyewear during the day or laser surgery.
Getting Fitted for Specialty Contact Lenses
Determining what contacts you need should be done by a trained professional. At Vision Center LTD, our doctors have experience in not only deciding what contact lenses are best for your eye care needs but also in fitting specialty contact lenses.
If you are interested in contacts, our doctors will perform a comprehensive contact lens exam. During this exam, they will evaluate a series of metrics including your cornea shape and size. They will also look at your corrective vision needs and your overall eye health. Following the exam, our doctors will be able to determine if you need specialty contact lenses and what kind would be best for you. The next step will be a specialty contact lens fitting to ensure that your contacts sit correctly on your eyes.
If you are interested in contacts but have been told you cannot use standard contact lenses, specialty contacts may be a good alternative. Make an appointment today with our eye care center for your specialty contact lens fitting in Shelton.