3 Types of Specialized Contact Lenses

If you’re tired of wearing glasses, the freedom from frames promised by contact lenses can be hard to resist. But with so many options today, it can be hard to know which type of contact lens is right for you.

If you’re ready to join the over 45 million Americans who wear contact lenses each day, Dr. Jennifer Andrews and our team at Urban Eye Care in Seattle, Washington, are here to help.

As a contact lens specialist with over 25 years helping people of all ages see more clearly, Dr. Andrews can answer your questions and get you on the path to the freedom that contact lenses offer. 

To help you better understand the different options that exist, here’s a look at three types of specialized contact lenses.

What are specialized contact lenses?

Back when contact lenses first became popular, your options were limited. Today, contact lenses are more versatile and come in many forms. 

Basic types of contact lenses include soft contacts that can be worn daily or overnight, depending on the variety, and rigid gas permeable, or “hard,” contact lenses. 

Specialized contacts are designed to help those with specific vision problems. Three types of specialized contact lenses include myopia control lenses, toric lenses, and scleral lenses. Here’s a closer look at these three types:

Myopia control lenses

Myopia control contacts are used to help control the progression of myopia, or nearsightedness.

These contact lenses are typically multifocal, meaning they can help correct nearsightedness along with farsightedness and presbyopia, a condition that involves loss of elasticity in the lens of your eye and occurs in middle and old age. 

Toric lenses

If you have astigmatism, toric lenses offer a way to correct your vision. These lenses are designed to correct for corneal astigmatism, allowing you to see clearly without the need for glasses. 

These lenses are custom made for your specific eye shape, and it may take a few tries to find the right contact prescription for your astigmatism. 

Scleral lenses

Scleral lenses are rigid gas permeable and a bit bigger than typical contact lenses so they can cover the white outer layer, or sclera, of your eyeball. These contacts are for people with irregular or distorted corneas, which could prevent you from otherwise wearing contacts. 

Which type of contact lens is right for me?

If you’re interested in making the switch to contact lenses, it’s important to schedule an exam with a contact specialist, like Dr. Andrews at Urban Eye Care. 

Dr. Andrews performs a comprehensive eye exam to evaluate your vision problems. Some vision problems may include farsightedness, astigmatism, nearsightedness, or a combination. 

Based on your unique vision needs and lifestyle factors, Dr. Andrews can recommend the best type of contact lens to correct your area of trouble.

In many cases, our practice has sample lenses you can take home and try for several days to judge the comfort of the lens and how well it works to correct your vision.

To learn more about specialized contact lenses and to find out if contact lenses are right for you, contact Urban Eye Care by calling 206-344-2020 or request an appointment online today! 

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