Specialty Contact Lenses
Here at Pines Vision Care, we are proud to offer contact lens examinations.
Many people prefer to wear contacts instead of eyeglasses. Luckily, as advances are made in the optometry field, more and more people are able to wear contacts to improve their vision.
If you are interested in getting contact lenses, it is important to let your eye doctor know since contact lens examinations are not always performed during routine eye checkups. We have to run additional tests, so we will have to schedule extra time for your examination.
During your contact lens examination, we need to know about your lifestyle and what you plan to do in your contact lenses. If you play sports or work in the dust, we need to know so that we can figure out the perfect lenses for you.
There are a lot of different options when it comes to contact lenses. You have to decide if you want daily, weekly, or monthly lenses, which depends on how often you want to change them. There are also rigid gas permeable lenses which are not disposable. They usually provide sharper vision than traditional soft lenses.
We also offer bifocal contact lenses if you need two prescriptions. This helps to correct the vision of those who suffer from presbyopia. We also offer monovision lenses, in which case you wear two different lenses. One is used to correct your distance vision, while the other corrects your near vision. There are also contacts which can change the color of your eyes.
We do recommend scheduling your contact lens examination at the same time as your routine visit. This will save you time and money.
Scleral Contact Lenses
Scleral contact lenses are large-scaled gas permeable lenses, mostly used for those patients who have an irregular cornea shape, including those with keratoconus. These are specifically designed to vault over the entire corneal surface and rest on the white portion of the eye, also known as the sclera. This allows for the lens to replace the irregular cornea shape with a perfectly smooth optical surface and correction of visual problems. Sizes of scleral lenses vary. The smallest sclerals are approximately 14.5 mm in diameter, and the largest can be up to 24 mm, whereas most traditional GP lenses are 9.0 to 9.5 mm and only cover 75% of the cornea. Because scleral lenses are designed to vault the corneal surface and rest on the less sensitive surface of the sclera, these lenses are often more comfortable for a person with keratoconus. In addition, scleral lenses are designed to fit with little or no lens movement during blinks, making them more stable on the eye, compared with traditional gas permeable lenses.
Scleral lenses are a good choice for not only patients with keratoconus, but also those experiencing difficulties after LASIK or any other corneal refractive surgery.
Don’t hesitate to contact us at (954) 438-3937 today to schedule a contact lens examination.