What type of lens suits you better?
Careful consideration should be given in choosing the contact lens best suited for you. Please call, e-mail, or drop by our office to arrange an appointment for a consultation.
Let CLS fit you with contacts that meet all your needs.
Rigid (Corneal) Contact Lenses (RGP)
- can outperform soft contact lens in durability and in vision
- are more economical than soft contact lens over time
Scleral Contact Lenses (RGP)
- a newer technologically advanced redesign of an older lens possible due to improvements in lens materials and manufacturing software/hardware, it is a lens that vaults the cornea, and rests on the sclera (white of the eye)
- the size of a soft lens or bigger
- combines similar comfort to a soft lens with the durability and the excellent vision of RGP lenses
- often used for patients with Keratoconus
- used for patients with severe dry eye as a result of disease, eye disease, or eye trauma
- used for high performance athletes due to quality of vision and stability
- also used for patients with normal corneas, especially those with high astigmatism
Regular or Disposable Soft Contacts
- give you rapid comfort adaptation
- are good for contact sports
- are suitable for light or occasional use
- you always have back up lenses with a disposable format
Soft Toric Contacts (for correction of Astigmatism) are available in almost all RX’s. They are also widely available in disposable lenses. The range of Prescriptions that we can correct is more limited in disposables than for regular soft lenses, but their range has increased dramatically in recent years. They are also available in presbyopic (bifocal) lenses.
Multifocal/Bifocal Contact Lenses (for correction of Presbyopia)
- are available and they do work
- can be disposable, regular soft contacts, or rigid gas permeable
- available with correction for astigmatism (toric), for dry eyes, and for astigmatic dry eyes in all types above
- available in silicone hydrogel material
Silicone Hydrogel Lenses are a newer entry into the market, but they are already available in astigmatic and presbyopic options in addition to the standard spherical single vision. They are extremely permeable (as much as 3-5 times more permeable than other soft lens materials). They are extremely efficient at delivering oxygen to the cornea. This means that they are a very healthy option, especially for those patients who maintain longer wear schedules. These are mostly available in disposable, and FRP formats. They are also sometimes used for dry eyes
Cosmetic Tints for light or dark eyes available in Soft and Disp. Spherical and astigmatic designs
Keratoconus available in Soft (special design), RGP, Piggyback, Hybrid, Scleral RGP, etc. This is an eye disease which causes the cornea to bulge forward into a cone shape. It distorts vision. The best correction for this distortion is a firm contact lens which masks the effect of the distorted cornea on the patient’s vision. Back to Basics: An Overview of KC Fitting Options by Heather Power FCLSA, NKCF Newsletter, Fall 2004.
Pediatric (children) available in Soft, RGP and Disp (only after a certain age/size). Requires special training.
Myopia Control This is a newer field in eye care and contact lens use, based on extensive research. Manufacturers have been fine tuning several new designs to effectively slow the progression of myopia in children. It can encompass more than contact lens therapy. Often it is combined with reducing time on digital devices, having the child play outdoors and/or medication.
Prosthetic Hand Painted (to cover traumatized or diseased eyes) – available in Soft .