Contact Lenses Q & A
What kinds of contact lenses are available?
Today, contact lenses come in a range of types, offering short-term and long-term benefits. Your options at Lifetime Eyecare include:
- Rigid gas-permeable (RGP) contacts – relatively long-lasting contacts that correct most vision problems
- Soft, daily-wear contacts – more comfortable than RGP contacts, but don’t correct all vision problems
- Extended-wear contacts – can be worn up to a week without removal
- Corneal reshaping therapy (CRT) – therapeutic contacts worn overnight to temporarily correct myopia
- Multifocal contacts – include multiple prescriptions in one lens to address close, intermediate, and distance vision
Dr. Gdowski and Dr. Smith will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the various forms of contact lenses to help you pick the one that best fits your needs and lifestyle. If you’re interested in contacts, the first step is a contact lens exam.
What happens during a contact lens exam?
If you’d like contacts, you’ll need a contact lens exam to make sure you get the right pair. Unlike an annual eye exam, a contact lens exam includes special tests to assess your vision with contacts.
You can expect Dr. Gdowski or Dr. Smith to measure your eye surface. This helps to determine the best size and type of contact lenses for you. To make sure you produce enough tears to comfortably wear contacts, they may perform a tear film evaluation. If they determine you have dry eyes, they will recommend treating the condition first so you can comfortably wear contacts.
If you are nearsighted, your doctor may discuss an alternative to contacts called corneal reshaping therapy (CRT).
What is corneal reshaping therapy?
CRT involves wearing therapeutic contact lenses overnight to temporarily correct myopia. As you sleep, the contacts gently reshape your eye, freeing you from wearing contacts or glasses during the day. Unlike laser eye surgery, CRT provides temporary rather than permanent eye correction.
CRT is very effective. After wearing the reshaping lenses overnight, more than 90% of patients could see 20/40 or better, and nearly seven in 10 achieved 20/20 vision with CRT.
If you’re searching for contact lenses that are a good fit for your eyesight and lifestyle, trust the eye care experts at Lifetime Eyecare. Call today at 616-457-0760 or Request an Appointment.