Switching it Up
Advancements in contact lens technology have made contact lenses a more popular option than ever. Whether you want to switch up from your eyeglasses and try something new or prefer the feel of contact lenses, Albemarle Eye center has you covered.
The optometrists at Albemarle Eye Center will educate you on wearing contact lenses and proper maintenance to preserve your lenses.
Our team stays up-to-date on contact lens technology, and we can help provide you with clear, comfortable vision. Contact us to learn more about contact lenses and book your contact lens exam today.
A contact lens prescription can be determined after carefully observing the lens on the eye and the eye’s response to that lens. Contact lenses have evolved over the years. Earlier iterations of contact lenses focused on correcting refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
Albemarle Eye Center offers several types of contact lenses, and through our comprehensive exam, we can determine what the best option is for you.
Types of Contact Lenses
There are 2 major categories of contact lenses, soft contact lenses and rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses.
Within these 2 main categories, there are special types of contact lenses that solve different vision problems. Albemarle Eye Center takes the extra step and provides several specialty contact lenses.
Soft Daily Wear Contact Lenses
Soft daily wear lenses are made of soft water-containing, flexible plastics called hydrogels. Soft daily wear lenses allow oxygen to pass to the cornea to maintain its health and clear vision. Because of these lenses’ soft, thin, and flexible nature, they are easier to adapt to than RGP contact lenses.
A silicone hydrogel variant of soft daily wear contact lenses is also available and allows more oxygen to reach the cornea.
Soft daily wear lenses require consistent cleaning and disinfection, as they can attract deposits of protein from your tear film.
Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Contact Lenses
Rigid gas permeable contact lenses are more durable and resistant to deposit buildup and generally deliver a more precise, crisper visual experience. RGP lenses tend to last longer than soft contact lenses and are easier to handle.
RGP lenses do not tear, but they can break, and it can take several weeks to adapt and get used to wearing RGP lenses compared to soft contacts.
Toric Contact Lenses
Contact lenses that deal with astigmatism are called toric lenses. Toric lenses are available in both soft contacts and rigid gas permeable contact lens prescriptions. People dealing with astigmatism most often have an asymmetrical curvature of the cornea that makes it oval shaped.
Toric contact lenses require a more complex fitting process in order to obtain the most precise vision.
Scleral Contact Lenses
If you find yourself struggling with issues like keratoconus or dry eye disease, traditional contact lenses may not be comfortable for you.
Scleral contact lenses are larger than traditional contacts and rest on the sclera of your eyes, allowing for space over your cornea’s surface for breathability.
Scleral lenses can provide your ideal vision experience without worrying about keratoconus and other corneal issues.
Decorative, Cosmetic Contact Lenses
Albemarle Eye Center also offers Plano or non-corrective lenses for people who do not need vision correction but want a cosmetic change.
These contact lenses can temporarily change your eye color and are mostly used for different themes or to dress up on holidays. Colored lenses are also available for those who do have contact lens prescriptions.
While these lenses are not for vision correction, they still require a contact lens fitting for proper size and fit.
Albemarle Clinical Trials
At Albemarle Eye Center, our research department continues to take part in numerous FDA-monitored clinical trials.
We’re committed to improving ocular health, which is why we’re always on the search for new treatment options, medications, and medical devices that can benefit our patients.
Check us out on Facebook
We are a proud partner of US Eye, a leading group of patient-centric, vertically integrated multi-specialty physician practices providing patients with care in ophthalmology, optometry, dermatology, audiology and cosmetic facial surgery.