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Should I Consider Specialty Contact Lenses?

June 3, 2022

Today, contact lens choices have moved far beyond the basic soft vs hard varieties. Advances in optical technology now offer a wide selection of specialty options, each of which addresses common eye conditions. So if you’ve settled for glasses because of an eye condition that excludes you from wearing contacts, it may be time to take another look at what’s available. Read on as a Hackensack, NJ optometrist discusses specialty contact lens options and the various conditions they treat. 

What’s Different About Specialty Contact Lenses?

Standard soft and hard contact lenses may do a good job at correcting vision problems like nearsightedness and farsightedness, but that’s about all they do. Today’s specialty contact lenses can do way more than just correct your vision. They also provide options for people who have eye conditions that make it hard to find a comfortable fitting lens or make wearing standard-issue contacts uncomfortable. 

Specialty contact lenses make it possible for more people to wear contacts who otherwise couldn’t.

Types of Specialty Lenses

Toric Lenses

Toric contact lenses are designed to provide a more comfortable fit for people who have astigmatism. Astigmatism stems from an abnormal curving of the eye’s cornea or lens. Toric lenses have an elongated shape, are thicker towards the bottom, and thinner towards the top. These features create a more comfortable, secure fit. 

Ortho-K Lenses

Ortho-K lenses go above and beyond when it comes to corrective eyewear. These contacts actually correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism while you sleep. They do this by gently reshaping the cornea overnight. Wearing Ortho-K lenses at night eliminates the need for corrective eyewear during the day. 

Scleral Lenses

If dry eyes make it all but impossible for you to wear contacts, scleral lenses may be the perfect solution for you. Scleral lenses have a larger than usual diameter, which creates a moisture or tear reservoir between your eye and the lens. These lenses help keep your eyes moist and their large diameter also makes for a more comfortable fit. 

Bifocal Contact Lenses

If you’re both nearsighted and farsighted and have resigned yourself to wearing eyeglasses, bifocal contact lenses may be right up your alley. Like bifocal eyeglasses, bifocal contact lenses contain two different prescription powers that allow you to see clearly, close up and faraway. 

If you have more questions or wish to schedule a consultation, feel free to call our Hackensack, NJ optometry office today. 

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