If you aren’t a fan of the idea of having to wear eyeglasses that can restrict your movement and activity, you may be a better candidate for contact lenses. Dr. Ajoian offers a variety of different types of contact lenses to fit your unique needs, including extended and daily wear ones. To learn more about our options, contact our office today!
The first factor to consider when choosing the best contact lenses for your eyes is what type of material would best meet your unique needs. There are five primary types of lenses that you can choose from, which are listed below.
Made from gel-like, water-containing plastic, soft lenses are thin, pliable, and comfortably mesh with the surface of your eye so you won’t notice they’re there.
Silicone hydrogel lenses are more porous and easily allow oxygen to reach the cornea to prevent dry and itchy eyes. First introduced in 2002, they’re currently the most popular prescribed lenses in the nation.
Known as GP lenses, gas permeable contacts are more rigid. They’re still porous and allow oxygen to pass through them, making them comfortable. They often produce sharper vision than soft and silicone hydrogel contacts, but may take some time to adjust to wearing.
Hybrid lenses are made to be comfortable and clear. They’re a perfect middle ground between gas permeable and silicone hydrogel lenses. These can be more expensive to replace than other options, but offer a variety of advantages.
PMMA lenses are made from a transparent, rigid plastic called polymethyl methacrylate. They produce a clear vision but aren’t porous, making them hard to adapt to wearing. Today, they’re known as a more “old-fashioned” contact lens option.
Depending on your needs, you can choose between daily or extended wear lenses. Daily wear ones must be removed every night to ensure the health of your eyes and give them a much-needed break. Extended wear contacts may be worn overnight at the direction of your optometrist in Belmont, but only for a certain period of time.
The cost of your contact lenses varies based on the material they’re made of, how often you need to have them replaced, and whether you have an allowance for them included in your vision insurance plan. We can walk you through all of these details and help choose the ones that best fit your budget when you visit our office.
Many people aren’t aware that contact lenses can be used not just to provide you with sharper vision, but also to achieve cosmetic results and help treat common conditions, such as dry eyes. Below, we’ve included some different lenses that we offer.
For people with dry eyes, contacts can be uncomfortable to wear. Softer more porous lenses are specially made to reduce your risk of dry eye symptoms and keep you comfortable.
We offer different colored contact lenses to enhance the natural beauty of your eyes. For example, to help make your blue eyes pop more, we can provide you with blue colored contacts.
Colored lenses can also be utilized to help an eye that has been disfigured or injured look more like your other eye. That way, you don’t have to feel self-conscious about your appearance.
To help protect your eyes from the harmful effects of UV rays over time, you can get UV-blocking contact lenses. Just like the eyeglass lenses, these help reduce your risk of conditions such as macular degeneration and cataracts.
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