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What Are Specialty Contact Lenses?

August 29 2022
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If you wear contacts, you know that sometimes the discomfort of wearing them is worth the benefits. But sometimes it’s not!

Specialty contact lenses can be a great alternative for people who have trouble with traditional contacts and glasses. They’re designed to give you more comfort and clarity than traditional contacts but in a way that’s still safe and effective. Read on as an Old Tapan, NJ optometrist discusses specialty contact lenses and reasons why you might want to consider wearing them.

What’s Different About Specialty Contact Lenses?

Do you suffer from dry eyes? Do your contacts irritate your eyes? Do you have trouble seeing clearly when it’s dark?

If so, specialty contact lenses may be the solution for you.

Specialty contact lenses are different from regular contact lenses in that they’re designed specifically to address a particular condition. For instance, if you suffer from dry eyes, there are specialty contact lenses that can help with this condition. They’re also good for people who have trouble seeing clearly in low light. And many people find them less irritating than regular contacts because they provide better eye protection and comfort.

It’s important to talk to your eye doctor about whether specialty lenses could work for you.

Types of Specialty Contact Lenses

  • Scleral contact lenses – Scleral lenses are large-diameter contact lenses that cover both the cornea and sclera of your eye. They’re typically used for people who have dry eyes or who have had problems with regular soft contact lenses fitting properly over their corneas.
  • Specialty rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses – Rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses are made from a durable plastic material that lets oxygen pass through it more easily than regular hard contacts do, which makes them well-suited for people with dry eyes or high levels of oxygen in their tears. RGP contacts also come in many different styles, such as bifocal contacts that help you see objects both near and far away at the same time.
  • Toric contacts – Toric contacts correct astigmatism by using a different curve on each side of the lens depending on how much astigmatism is present in your eye. Toric contacts are available in both soft and rigid gas permeable varieties. Also, if you have dry eyes, toric contacts may be a good choice for you because they reduce evaporation from your eyes by covering more surface area than traditional soft contact lenses.

If you have more questions or wish to schedule a consultation, please feel free to call our Old Tapan, NJ optometry office anytime!

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