Bowman Optometry specializes in all types of contact lenses. Whether it be daily disposables for an athletic event, a tinted lens to change eye color, or a custom rigid gas permeable lens for keratoconus—we can fit you properly and comfortably.
Considering giving contact lenses a try? Here’s what you need to know….
The Different Types of Contact Lenses
Soft Contact Lenses
Daily disposable contact lenses- the most safest most hygienic of all contact lenses. Wear them for the day, then throw them away when the day is done. These now come in toric for astigmatism, tinted for eye color change, and multifocal for presbyopia (age-related focusing deficiency at near).
Soft disposable lenses- similar to the above category but disinfection is required nightly and the life of the lens is determined by the polymer used. Most are monthly disposable but some are two week disposable. Some of these are approved for extended wear but only with doctor supervision.
Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses
These are the 2nd generation to the original lenses fit over 50 years ago. These are hard lenses but they breathe oxygen (hence the name gas permeable) and are healthier for the cornea than the 1st generation PMMA hard lenses. The advantage to these is they provide excellent vision for all types of astigmatism, keratoconus, and any other corneal abnormality. A specially designed type of this lens is the appliance for ortho-K, a procedure where lenses are worn nightly and reshape the cornea for clear vision without lenses for the following day. Larger scleral lenses that fit over entire cornea provide good comfort and treat various corneal abnormalities and are becoming much more popular for troubleshooting problem cases.
Hybrid Contact Lenses
As explained earlier, the rigid lenses provide excellent acuity but some patients, especially those with dry eyes or sensitivity, have difficulty with comfort. The hybrid lenses are rigid in the center and soft in the periphery. The soft lens periphery makes the lens much more comfortable. In extreme cases of keratoconus there may be a shortage of customization and parameters.
If you’ve been unsuccessful in the past with contact lenses—Don’t give up! Come see us and we will take the extra time to explore all options.