Contact Lens Information
PREMIUM CONTACT LENS SERVICES AND CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGIES
The doctors and staff at Associated Ophthalmologists have extensive experience in the latest soft, gas permeable, hybrid, and scleral contact lens technologies. Our optometrists specialize in custom fitting of contact lenses for patients with nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, presbyopia, keratoconus, and corneal irregularities. Contact lenses are also available for severe dry eye, post-surgical patients, and more challenging prescriptions. Our goal is to find a contact lens that will best meet each individual’s needs.
ASTIGMATISM CORRECTING CONTACT LENSES
Contact lenses are available for patients with both low and high amounts of astigmatism. Depending on your prescription, you may have options in the “breathable” soft contact lenses, daily disposable contact lenses, or other specialized astigmatism-correcting lenses.
SOFT SILICONE HYDROGEL, “BREATHABLE” CONTACT LENSES
Silicone hydrogels are the latest development in contact lens materials. They allow for six times more oxygen transmission than conventional materials, which provides better overall ocular health. They also have a much lower incidence of complications with extended wear, so patients have more flexibility in their wear time schedules. Other advantages of silicone hydrogel lenses include: more resistance to protein deposits, less drying of the lenses, lower risk of eye infection, and easier handling due to increased rigidity of material.
DAILY DOSPOSABLE CONTACT LENSES
Daily disposable contact lenses provide the ultimate in convenience. They are single-use lenses disposed of at the end of each day, requiring no cleaning or care. These lenses are especially beneficial for patients with ocular allergies or dry eye syndrome, and can also can be a great option for patients that wear contacts on a part-time basis. Also, individuals that participate in outdoor sports tend to enjoy the convenience of daily lenses.
HYBRID CONTACT LENSES
Another great advancement in the contact lens field has been hybrid lenses. They have an RGP (hard) center, but a soft skirt to the lens. The result is a lens that feels like a soft lens but has the optics of a hard lens. These are a very good option for patients with high astigmatism, patients needing bifocals, and keratoconus patients.
GAS PERMEABLE CONTACT LENSES
Gas permeable lenses have made many advancements over the years, and today’s choices include materials with greater breathability, better wettability, and superior comfort. Lenses are custom designed to fit your cornea and eye. They are a great lens of choice for those with high prescriptions, high astigmatism, or in need of bifocals.
BIFOCAL AND MULTIFOCAL CONTACT LENSES
For those in need of additional correction using bifocals or reading glasses, we fit the latest in multifocal soft and gas permeable lenses. Both designs offer good distance vision with the addition of improved intermediate and near vision for those who desire the convenience of bifocals without glasses.
We also utilize monovision fitting techniques, which focus your dominant eye for your distance prescription, and your non-dominant eye for your near vision. This too is a great option for those desiring clear far and near vision without the aid of glasses.
SCLERAL CONTACT LENSES
Scleral lenses are a great option for patients with keratoconus, irregular corneas, or severe dry eye syndrome. The lens vaults completely over the cornea and rests on the sclera (the white of the eye). As a result, comfort with these lenses tends to be much better than a conventional RGP. The liquid reservoir made by the lens corrects corneal irregularities and provides relief for severe dry eye.
PROSTHETIC AND COLORED CONTACT LENSES
Patients with irregular pupils, or very light colored eyes (ocular albinism) can benefit from lenses that have a darker or fuller iris painted on the lens. The lenses can decrease light sensitivity and improve a patient’s cosmetic appearance. We also have contacts available for patients that are interested in changing their eye color (Air Optix Colors).
SPECIALTY CONTACT LENSES
We fit a variety of specialty soft, hybrid, and gas permeable designs for patients with distorted corneas. Conditions that can cause distorted corneas include:
Ocular Diseases: Keratoconus, Keratoglobus, Pellucid Marginal Degeneration
Post Surgery Complications: Post-Corneal Transplant, Post-RK, Post-LASIK
Ocular Trauma: Corneal Scarring, Recurrent Corneal Erosions
Contact lenses are a great option for the gym, sports, recreation, or every-day use. Don’t settle for inferior products or service. Contact lenses are more advanced, healthier, and easier to care for than ever before. Call to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors for your eye examination and to discuss your best options. We have certified staff to instruct you on inserting and removing contact lenses, caring for your lenses, and to offer advice and answer questions at any time.
Please contact our office to set up an appointment to see one of our doctors for a comprehensive eye examination and contact lens evaluation. When scheduling, you will be informed to wear your contacts, bring your glasses; and bring the most current prescription and contact lens specifications prescribed by your previous doctor to your appointment. Give us a call at (515) 244-EYES (3937) or email us. We would be happy to schedule an appointment for you with one of our doctors specializing in contact lens fitting.