When it comes to vision correction, contact lenses offer a lot of advantages! They don’t fog up like glasses, making them perfect for sports and other physical activities. You also don’t have to worry about them constantly slipping down your nose or needing to be readjusted, and they offer a more natural appearance than eyeglasses.
At Buckeye Optometry in Marion, OH, we can help you find contact lenses that provide optimal vision and comfort all while maintaining eye health. Our specialists are experienced in helping “hard-to-fit” patients with complex visual conditions, including people with astigmatism, keratoconus, or who have had corneal surgery.
We believe that contact lenses should be comfortable, convenient, and affordable. That’s why we offer a wide range of lens options, including soft lenses (both daily and extended-wear options), toric lenses for astigmatism, orthokeratology, and multifocal lenses.
Types of contact lenses
Soft contact lenses are the most popular type of contact lens and are made from a comfortable, flexible material that molds to the shape of the eye. They are available in a variety of types, including daily use and extended wear.
Daily use soft contact lenses are designed to be worn for one day and then disposed of, making them a convenient and hygienic option. Extended-wear soft contact lenses are worn for an extended period and are available in weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly varieties.
While soft contact lenses are the most common, they may not be the best option for everyone. That’s why we offer a range of specialty contact lenses for those with unique eye conditions, such as keratoconus or dry eye.
What are specialty contact lenses?
Specialty contact lenses are designed for people who cannot wear standard contacts. Available in several types, they are used for various vision correction needs. An individual’s unique eye health needs will impact the specific type of specialty contact lens they wear.
Rigid gas permeable contact lenses
Rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses are a type of hard contact lens made from a breathable material that allows oxygen to pass through to the eye. Unlike soft contact lenses, RGP lenses maintain their shape on the eye, providing clear vision for people with a variety of vision problems.
RGP lenses are a good option for people with astigmatism, nearsightedness, farsightedness, and presbyopia. They are also ideal for individuals with allergies or dry eye syndrome, as they allow more oxygen to reach the eye and are less likely to cause irritation.
Scleral contact lenses
Scleral lenses are larger in diameter than standard lenses and rest on the sclera (the white part of the eye). They are made of a rigid gas permeable material, which allows oxygen to pass through to the cornea, and are used to correct a variety of vision problems.
Scleral lenses are often used for people with irregular corneas, such as those with keratoconus or corneal transplants. They can also be used for people with severe dry eye syndrome, as the lens vaults over the cornea and creates a reservoir of fluid that keeps the eye moist.
Toric contact lenses
Toric contact lenses are designed for people with astigmatism. Astigmatism is a common eye condition where the cornea is too curved, or the eye is too long, resulting in blurry or distorted vision.
Toric contact lenses are made of soft, flexible material and have a special design that allows them to stay in place on the eye, providing consistent vision correction. Unlike regular contact lenses, which have a uniform curve, toric lenses have different powers and thicknesses in different parts of the lens to correct the irregular shape of the cornea.
Monovision contact lenses
Monovision contact lenses are a type of contact lens prescription where one eye is corrected for distance vision while the other eye is corrected for near vision. This allows people who have difficulty seeing objects up close and far away to see clearly without the need for reading glasses or bifocals.
Multifocal contact lenses
Multifocal contact lenses are a type of contact lens that corrects vision at multiple distances, usually for both near and far vision. Unlike traditional contact lenses, multifocal lenses have multiple prescriptions within each lens to allow for clear vision at different distances.
Cosmetic contact lenses
Cosmetic contact lenses, also known as tinted lenses, alter the appearance of the eyes. They can change the color, shape, or size of the iris, and are often used for special events or daily wear as a fashion accessory.
Schedule a contact lens exam & fitting at Buckeye Optometry
At Buckeye Optometry in Marion, we’re here to help you explore the options and find the right contact lens to fit your unique eye health needs. Schedule an appointment with us today to get started.