Contact lenses can provide better visual acuity than glasses. Not to mention, contact lenses move with your eyes, which means you’ll have your full range of vision while you are wearing them rather than just straight ahead vision. Contact lens examinations are with Dr. Joseph Janes.
Types of Contacts
When you go in for your contact lens exam, you’ll have a choice of lens types, including soft, hard, and hybrid.
The majority of individuals choose soft contacts because of their comfort and lack of an adjustment period. These lenses are made from a flexible material. Soft contacts can be used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and mild to moderate astigmatisms. Individuals who need multifocal lenses may also be able to get their prescription in soft contacts. If you have a severe astigmatism, a toric lens may be needed, which is a type of soft contact that is weighted on one end to prevent rotation.
Hard contacts are also known as gas permeable lenses. These lenses are rigid and can offer better visual clarity for individuals with severe nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatisms, as well as individuals who need multifocal lenses. These lenses are also recommended for individuals with severely misshapen corneas. Hard contacts can require up to a two-week adjustment period before they become completely comfortable.
Hybrid contacts are a combination of soft and hard lenses. These contacts have a hard center surrounded by a soft ring. These lenses can also be used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatisms, and presbyopia, as well as for near, intermediate, and distant vision. Hybrid contacts are more comfortable than hard contacts and may offer improved visual clarity over soft contacts for some people.
A scleral lens is a large diameter contact lens that rests upon the sclera (white part) of the eye instead of the cornea. They vault over the cornea and lens solution fills the inside of the lens bowl. These lenses are excellent for specialty needs.