Contact lenses are a great alternative to glasses. Soft contact lenses are now available in all prescription ranges.
If you were previously told you were not a candidate for contact lenses, please ask Dr. Mayes if there are options available for you now.
Soft contact lenses allow patients with near-sightedness (myopia) or far-sightedness (hyperopia) to see clearly without glasses. These lenses sit on the cornea (the front surface of the eye) and allow for clear vision.
- "Disposable" means the lenses are thrown away more often than older "conventional" lenses. Some brands are monthly, 2-week, or daily disposable.
- "Daily wear" means they are worn during the day and removed at night.
- "Extended wear" means they can be worn over-night. Sleeping in your lenses increases risk of complications and is not recommended.
- Astigmatism can be associated with far-sightedness or near-sightedness, however the cornea is not perfectly sphere and causes the eye to not focus vertical and horizontal lines at the same time.
- "Toric" or "astigmatism" correcting lenses are designed to allow patients with astigmatism to see clearly without their glasses.
- When a patient is over age 40, they need a different power to see far away than they need for reading near work. Regular contact lenses correct distance vision, but reading glasses are required to read clearly.
- Multi-focal contact lenses are designed to focus distance and near vision so reading glasses won't be needed.
- Mono-vision contact lenses is an option where the doctor corrects the dominant eye for distance and the non-dominant eye for reading. With both eyes viewing, the brain learns to use the dominant eye when viewing distance objects and switch to the non-dominant eye when viewing near objects.
****Multi-focal contact lenses have been shown to reduce the progression of near-sightedness (myopia) in children. Studies have shown that if a child is progressing in the severity of their myopia, wearing multi-focal contact lenses can slow the progression.
- Colored contact lenses- some patients desire to change the color of their eyes. There are new colored lenses available that provide good comfort and vision while enhancing eye color.
Dr. Mayes enjoys offering a wide array of contact lens options that meet the unique needs of each patient.