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 disposable “spherical” contact lenses–
Soft contact lenses allow patients winear-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.
Soft disposable “Toric” or Astigmatism correcting contact lenses–
- 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.
Soft disposable “Multi-focal” contact lenses–
- 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.