Contact lenses are a brilliant choice for many people who have vision problems but would rather not wear glasses. The team of eye health specialists at Southern Shores Eye Center, P.A., in Manahawkin and Forked River, New Jersey, has specialist expertise in assessing patients and fitting them for contact lenses, including patients who have more complex problems like astigmatism. Find out more by calling Southern Shores Eye Center, P.A. today, or book an appointment online.
Contact lenses are an alternative to eyeglasses for people with sight problems. They are thin discs of transparent material that sit directly on your eye, correcting your vision by overlaying your natural lenses.
The reason some people are myopic (shortsighted) or hyperopic (farsighted) is because the lens in their eye isn’t focusing light properly. The lens is supposed to focus light before it hits the retina at the back of your eye and your optic nerve.
If you have distorted vision, it means your lens is slightly misshapen, so the light entering your eye either focuses too soon or not soon enough. As a result, you have problems seeing long distances or close up, and sometimes both.
Contact lenses correct for these problems, providing you with vision that closely mimics natural sight.
There are a variety of different types of contact lenses available at Southern Shores Eye Center, P.A., to suit the needs of every patient. Examples include:
Soft plastic disposable lenses are available as dailies, weeklies, or monthlies. You wear the lenses for the recommended time, then simply throw them away and use a fresh pair. Daily disposables are particularly useful because you don’t have to reuse them, reducing the risk of infection.
Rigid gas permeable lenses (RGPs) are made of a harder kind of plastic than disposable contact lenses and are designed to be used for at least a year. The material in RGP lenses is antibacterial and prevents any buildup of deposits that could affect your vision.
Multifocal or presbyopic lenses are suitable for you if you’re both myopic and hyperopic, similar to varifocal glasses. They contain a prescription to help you see distances and another to help you see close up, so you don’t need to put on reading glasses.
Toric lenses are what you need if you require correction for astigmatism. Astigmatism means your eyeball is shaped more like a football than a round sphere, distorting the lens and leading to sight problems. Regular contact lenses can move around on your eye, which would mean if they weren’t in the right place your vision would be blurry. Toric lenses are designed to stay in the correct position at all times.
The team at Southern Shores Eye Center, P.A. also provides colored contact lenses so you can change your eye color whenever you wish.
If you’d like to find out whether contact lenses are right for you, call Southern Shores Eye Center, P.A. today, or book an appointment online.