Westmont Optometry in Rancho Palos Verdes offers many options for contact lenses.
There are a number of reasons why you might prefer contact lenses to standard eyewear: a glasses-free look, hassle-free vision correction, wearing non-prescription sunwear and goggles, or the convenience of not having to worry about misplacing your glasses. If you have a high prescription or astigmatism, contact lenses may provide more enhanced vision correction than glasses. Today, you can even replace your bifocal glasses with bifocal contact lenses.
Your eye care provider can recommend the best contact lenses for you based on a complete eye examination and a review of your visual needs both at work and play. Since most people can wear more than one type of lens, it’s important to know what the choices are and the advantages and disadvantages to each.
These lenses are comfortable to wear and must be replaced monthly, weekly or daily depending on the type you choose. Soft lenses are often recommended for sports because they fit closer to the eye and are more difficult to dislodge. They can provide correction for most prescriptions including astigmatism. Today, with the introduction of newer materials like silicone hydrogels, which allow more oxygen to the eye, patients find it easier than ever to wear soft lenses comfortably.
Gas-Permeable (GP) Lenses
Made of moderately flexible plastics, GP lenses offer sharp vision and correct most vision problems. They are more durable than soft contact lenses and can be easier to handle and care for but require a longer adaptation period and consistent wear to maintain adaptation.
In both soft and GP designs, multifocal lenses offer patients both distance and near vision correction just like a pair of bifocal glasses.
Color Contact Lenses
Enhance your eye color or even change it completely. Colored contact lenses are fun and come in a variety of colors for both light and dark eyes.
Silicone hydrogels are soft contact lenses that have high oxygen permeability and are comparable to GP lenses.
Scleral Contact Lenses
Scleral lenses are manufactured in materials that provide more oxygen to the eye than other types of contact lenses, promoting long-term eye health, while greatly improving both wearing comfort and vision when compared to standard rigid or soft contact lenses. These lenses are a much healthier contact lens option for many patients, and may be beneficial for you as well!
Scleral lenses are appropriate for nearly every cornea and indication, including medically indicated corneas. These include but are not limited to: keratoconus, presbyopia, astigmatism, post-surgery, trauma, corneas with growths, and severe dry eye. Patients with normal vision correction needs are great candidates for scleral lenses. This can be: athletes seeking a contact lens that will not dry out, dislodge or provide fluctuating vision; patients unhappy with their soft astigmatism contacts; soft contact lens patients with discomfort and limited wear time due to dryness; patients who need a bifocal correction; or patients who have had LASIK or RK refractive surgery and now need help reading, as well as those that just aren’t happy with the comfort of rigid contact lenses.
Regardless of the type of contact lenses you wear, an annual eye exam is recommended to ensure the continued good health of your eyes. Request an appointment for an assessment and advice at Westmont Optometry in Rancho Palos Verdes, and we will be in touch with you shortly.