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There are a number of reasons why you might prefer contact lenses to standard eyewear: a glasses-free look, hassle-free vision correction, wearing non-prescription sunwear or goggles, or the convenience of not having to worry about misplacing your glasses. If you have a high prescription or astigmatism, contact lenses may provide more enhanced vision correction than glasses. Today you can even replace your bifocal glasses with bifocal contact lenses.
Dr. Prather and his staff can recommend the best contact lenses for you based on a complete eye examination and a review of your visual needs both at work and play. Since most people can wear more than one type of lens, it's important to know what the choices are and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
These lenses are comfortable to wear and must be replaced monthly, bi-weekly, or daily depending on the type chosen for you. Soft lenses are often recommended for sports because they fit closer to the eye and are more difficult to dislodge. They can provide correction for most prescriptions including astigmatism. Today, with the introduction of newer materials like silicone hydrogels, which allow more oxygen to the eye, patients find it easier than ever to wear soft lenses comfortably.
Rigid Gas-Permeable (RGP) Lenses
Made of moderately flexible plastics, RGP lenses offer sharp vision and can correct most vision problems. They are more durable than soft contact lenses and can be easier to handle and care for, but they require a longer adaptation period and consistent wear to maintain adaptation.
In both soft and RGP designs, multifocal lenses offer patients both distance and near vision correction as is done with bifocal or progressive glasses.
Color Contact Lenses
Enhance your eye color or even change it completely. Colored contact lenses are fun and come in a variety of colors of both light and dark eyes.
Silicone hydrogels are soft contact lenses that have high oxygen permeability, comparable to that seen in RGP lenses. This is a better lens option for patients who elect to sleep in their contact lenses.
Daily disposable contact lenses are designed to be worn for a single day and then thrown away. As such, these lenses represent the ultimate in convenience--no need for extensive cleaning procedures--and moreover, they are generally considered the safest and healthiest type of contact lenses.
Regardless of the type of contact lenses you wear, an annual eye examination is needed to ensure the continued good health of your eyes. Contact us at 317-804-1400 today to schedule a contact lens examination.
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