Contact lenses offer many benefits over wearing eyeglasses for vision correction. Contacts won’t fog up like glasses, making them a great option for athletes or anyone physically active. They also offer a more natural appearance than eyeglasses, which obstruct your face.
At Progressive Family Eye Care, we specialize in fitting our patients in the Plymouth and Northville area with contact lenses that will best suit their unique needs.
Types of contact lenses
Daily-wear soft contact lenses
The most popular type of contact lenses is daily-wear soft lenses. Daily contact lenses are single-use disposable contact lenses that you throw away at the end of the day. Since you only wear the contacts for a day, there is no need to purchase cleaning solutions or contact cases, eliminating the hassle of cleaning or storing contacts. There is also a lower risk of developing eye infections with daily-use contact lenses compared to reusable contact lenses.
Extended-wear soft contact lenses
Extended-wear contact lenses are designed to be worn longer than daily-use contacts and come in weekly, biweekly, and monthly options. Extended-wear contact lenses are thinner than daily-wear contact lenses, allowing a larger amount of oxygen to reach the cornea. The best option for you will depend on your vision, eye health, and preferences.
While soft contact lenses are the most common, they are not right for everyone. Certain conditions, such as astigmatism and dry eye syndrome, can make wearing contact lenses uncomfortable and even risky. In these cases, specialty contact lenses may be a solution.
What are specialty contact lenses?
Specialty contact lenses are designed for people who cannot wear regular contact lenses. These lenses come in different types and can be used to correct various vision issues, depending on the patient’s specific eye health needs.
Rigid gas permeable contact lenses
Rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses are a type of hard contact lens that allows oxygen to pass through to the eyes. RGP lenses are more durable and comfortable than soft lenses, making them an ideal choice for people with active lifestyles. They offer excellent vision correction but may take longer to adjust to than other types of lenses.
Toric contact lenses
Toric contact lenses are made to correct for astigmatism and are available in both soft and gas-permeable designs. These contact lenses have one horizontal power and one vertical power, and there’s a weight at the bottom so that they remain centered on the eyes.
Cosmetic contact lenses, also known as colored or decorative contact lenses, are contact lenses that alter the appearance of your eyes. These lenses can be used for purely cosmetic purposes, such as to enhance or change the natural color of your eyes, or to create a dramatic effect, such as cat-eye or zombie eyes.
Multifocal contact lenses
Multifocal contact lenses contain multiple prescriptions in one lens, allowing for clear vision at various distances. These lenses are designed to address presbyopia, a condition that commonly affects people over the age of 40 and causes difficulty seeing objects at close distances.
Schedule a contact lens exam in Plymouth
At Progressive Family Eye Care, we can help you find a contact lens that solves your vision issues and meets your unique needs. Our eye care professionals are experts at ensuring your contacts fit properly and provide you with clear, comfortable vision. Contact us today to schedule your contact lens exam and fitting.