Contact lenses are not a one-size-fits-all solution for vision correction. Even the most popular brands and types can prove useless for those people with certain eye conditions. For example, if you have had refractive surgery and find yourself needing corrective lenses, you may not get clear enough vision with traditional contact lenses. Other eye conditions such as dry eye, corneal scarring and keratoconus may also impair your ability to comfortably wear regular contact lenses. In these cases, you might be able to be helped through the use of specialty contact lenses.
• Rigid Gas Permeable – These specialty contact lenses offer more oxygen permeability and thus are healthier and more comfortable. They are a rigid lens, but not like the old hard lenses used many years ago. These lenses are completely customizable and can be used for a number of conditions.
• Scleral Lenses – These specialty contact lenses are far larger than typical contact lenses, as they are intended to rest on the sclera (the white of your eye). Because they are hyper oxygen permeable and hold saline solution on the cornea, they are a popular choice for those with diseased corneas. They are so comfortable that even those with no eye diseases are finding choosing scleral lenses. Since they can be ordered in any prescription, even as bifocals, you might find them to be a great option for you.
• Custom Soft Lenses – If you find yourself not getting the vision correction you need with standard contact lenses, you can go into the realm of custom soft lenses, which can be made to any power and size desired.
If you would like to know more about specialty contact lenses, we welcome you to give us a call at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry. We proudly serve the Newmarket, ON area with the best in eye care, including specialty contact lenses. We treat your family like our family!
Contact lenses have definitely come a long way since what Leonardo da Vinci envisioned in the early 1500s. They were first constructed out of glass in the late 1800s, and plastic contact lenses made their first appearance in the late 1930s. It wasn’t until the 1970s, however, that soft contact lenses were developed. New developments did not end at that point, however, as each year, we are seeing specialty contact lenses being developed that enable even more people to enjoy the benefits of wearing contact lenses.
For years, contact lenses could only be worn by those who needed correction for either nearsightedness or farsightedness, but not for both. We can now offer specialty contact lenses that are similar to bifocal eyeglasses, in that they improve sight for both reading and distance vision at the same time. With multifocal or bifocal specialty contact lenses, you can put away those reading glasses!
At Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, we offer our Newmarket, ON area patients great versatility when it comes to specialty contact lenses. We enjoy being able to offer contact lenses to people who may not have been able to wear them in the past. There are options if you have eye issues, such as astigmatism, dry eye syndrome, or corneal scarring. We offer soft lenses, astigmatism contacts, bifocal contacts, specialty contact lenses, rigid gas permeable lenses and other types.
Specialty contact lenses are not just for unique eye situations– they can also be fun. A very popular option for patients these days is coloured contact lenses that change the colour of your eyes. Perhaps you weren’t born with the eye colour you want, or you just want to try something new. These lenses are available with no vision correction if you just want the colour-changing ability, but do not need vision correction.
Give us a call if you would like to be assessed for wearing contact lenses, even if you’ve been told in the past that you couldn’t wear them. Times and technology are ever-changing, and we keep up on each new change, so we can offer you the very best in eye care.