At Warm Springs Optometric Group, we know that choosing the right contact lenses is a personal decision. However, it can be hard to know where to start with different types and brand lenses on the market. In this blog post, our team of optometrists in Fremont, CA, will provide an overview of the most popular types of contacts and give tips for finding the perfect pair for you.
There are two main types of contact lenses, disposable and reusable. Disposable lenses are designed for a set time before being thrown away, while reusable lenses can be worn for up to a year with proper care. Within these two categories are further subcategories, such as daily wear lenses, extended wear lenses, and gas permeable (GP) lenses.
The best lens type for you depends on your individual needs and lifestyle. For example, if you have a dry eye condition, you may prefer daily wear lenses because they allow more oxygen to reach your eyes. On the other hand, if you play sports often, extended-wear lenses may be a good option, because they are designed to be worn for extended periods without irritation.
Scleral lenses are a type of contact lens that covers the entire eye, including the white part (the sclera). They are usually used to treat conditions such as keratoconus and dry eye syndrome. Scleral lenses are more significant than regular contact lenses, filling the space between the cornea and the sclera. This provides stability for the lens and prevents dryness of the eye.
Scleral lenses are less likely to irritate regular contact lenses and can be worn for extended periods. In addition, scleral lenses are used to correct a wide range of vision problems. If you are considering scleral lenses, talk to your eye doctor to see if they are right for you.
Specialty lenses are designed for people with specific vision needs, such as astigmatism or presbyopia. They can also correct other problems, like crossed eyes or double vision.
Specialty lenses are also used to treat certain medical conditions, like dry eye syndrome. If you have a vision problem not adequately corrected by standard lenses, talk to your eye doctor about whether specialty lenses might be right for you.
Once you have decided on the type of lens that is right for you, it's time to find the perfect fit. The first step is to schedule an eye exam with an optometrist so that they can determine your prescription. Once you have your prescription, you can start trying on different brands and styles of lenses until you find a pair that is comfortable and provides clear vision.
Choosing the right pair of contact lenses is an important decision made with the help of an experienced optometrist. We offer comprehensive eye exams and custom-fit contact lens services at Warm Springs Optometric Group in Fremont, CA. To learn more about our practice or to schedule an appointment, visit our website or call today at (510) 490-0287.