Contact lenses are a very popular means of correcting refractive error, such as myopia (near-sightedness), hyperopia (far-sightedness), astigmatism, and presbyopia (age-related need for extra reading correction). An alternative to wearing glasses, contact lenses allow for a full field of vision and give good comfort for sports, outdoor recreation, or for everyday activities.
Soft contact lenses are the most popular choice today, due to the comfort and ease of care. Disposable contact lenses are especially popular and are replaced on a schedule that varies from daily to monthly depending upon the type of lens. Frequent replacement insures good comfort and vision and reduces the risk of infection. Soft contact lens wear is safer now than ever before, as many contact lens manufacturers are using new technology that enhances oxygen permeability. More oxygen to surface of the eye means fewer contact lens wear complications. Some soft contact lenses are even FDA approved for extended wear (overnight wear), but they should never be worn overnight without the recommendation of your eye care provider.
Rigid gas permeable contact lenses, also known as RGPs, are another contact lens option. RGPs are made of a harder, oxygen permeable material. This is sometimes a better option for patients with significant astigmatism or for patients who have corneal shape irregularities.
For presbyopic patients, there are a number of options available for contact lens wear. Patients who require very sharp distance focus may choose to simply wear reading glasses over their contacts. For those who are trying to avoid glasses, bifocal contact lenses are available in soft and RGP materials. “Monovision” or “blended vision” fitting is another technique that is used to minimize reliance upon glasses and may work better for some patients than bifocal contact lenses. In a monovision fit, one eye is corrected for distance vision while the other eye is corrected for reading vision.
At Milwaukee Eye Care, we understand that each patient has their own individual vision needs and goals for contact lens wear. Our doctors take the time to explore all options to ensure a comfortable fit and good vision.
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