Contact lenses remain a very popular option for the patients who desire crisp and clear vision with reduced dependency on spectacles. The doctors of Columbia Eye Consultants Optometry have every available resource to determine the best contact lens option for each patient. The process of choosing the appropriate modality of contact lens requires complete testing and evaluation of the patients’ eye health and visual needs. We strive to enable our patients to benefit from the convenience of contact lenses in a responsible manner.
Contact lens wearers who are patients of Columbia Eye Consultants Optometry have access to education regarding the risks and benefits of contact lens wear, thorough training on lens care and compliance, diagnostic contact lens trials, and secure online contact lens ordering.
2-4 Week Soft Disposable Contact Lenses
Disposable daily wear soft contact lenses are the most commonly prescribed contact lens option. The balance of comfortable wear, cost efficiency, and ease of use make this type of contact lens a great choice for many people. These contacts are typically provided in a multipack of six lenses that are replaced every 2-4 weeks. Patients are encouraged to remove and clean the contact lenses in the evening with a recommended contact lens disinfection system.
Continuous Wear Soft Disposable Contact Lenses
Some patients prefer the convenience of sleeping in their contact lenses. There is ongoing debate in the optometric community regarding the safety of continuous wear contact lenses. The risk of contact lens related complications increase greatly when sleeping in contact lenses. The FDA has approved a select few contact lenses for overnight wear. These contact lenses transfer greater than five times the oxygen of other contact lenses. The cornea of the eye requires adequate oxygen to maintain comfort and health. This oxygen demand is even greater when the lens stays on the eye overnight. Please talk freely with the doctor if you desire to sleep in your lenses so that we can recommend the best contact lens for your specific needs.
Daily Disposable Soft Contact Lenses
Daily Disposable soft contact lenses can be a great option for patients looking for a convenient way to wear contact lenses without the hassle of cleaning and disinfecting the contact lenses. These lenses are also a great option for active teenagers, occasional wearers, or patients suffering from dry eyes or allergies. Daily disposable contact lenses come in multipacks with 30-90 lenses in each box. The contact lenses are inserted in the morning and thrown away at the end of the day.
Multifocal Disposable Soft Contact Lenses
Many successful contact lens wearers reluctantly give up their contact lenses when they reach their mid-forties due to increased difficulty with focusing their eyes at near. Multifocal contact lenses are now available for those who want to maintain adequate vision at both distance and near. The designs of these contact lenses have improved over the last few years. Multifocal contact lenses now effectively provide patients more options for wearing contact lenses for a greater variety of distance and near tasks with reduced dependence on reading glasses.
Rigid Gas-Permeable Contact Lenses
Many patients wrongly assume that the introduction of disposable soft contact lenses has rendered the rigid gas-permeable contact lens obsolete. There are many situations in which a rigid gas permeable contact lens is the best option for patients. Patients with conditions such as high degrees of astigmatism or large amounts of nearsightedness may find the clarity and consistency of their vision to be much improved with a gas-permeable contact lens. Our doctors will discuss with you every available option to determine which contact lens provides the best possible vision while maintaining the best overall health of your eyes.
Post-Surgical and Specialty Contact Lenses
Patients who have experienced eye trauma or have undergone corneal surgery will often find their best visual acuity comes from wearing specially designed contact lenses. The special design of the contact lens will make the irregular surface of the cornea much smoother and therefore provide more functional vision than spectacles alone. The process of fitting specialty contact lenses is a very intensive and deliberate process of gathering information about the front surface of the cornea and trying contact lenses to clinically evaluate the fitting relationship of the lens and the cornea. The end result is usually very rewarding for the patient.
SynergEyes Hybrid Contact Lenses
The SynergEyes lens is a combination of a high oxygen permeable rigid lens surrounded by a soft lens skirt. This hybrid technology allows for the quality of vision provided by a rigid contact lens with the comfort and stability of a soft contact lens. This contact lens is an exciting option for many patients who require a rigid lens but suffer from contact lens intolerance. If you have tried contact lenses in the past and were unsuccessful due to poor vision in a soft lens, or discomfort from a hard lens, this new technology could be a good option for you.