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Contact Lenses

At Winter Park Vision Specialists, we offer many contact lens options:

There are a number of reasons why you might prefer contact lenses to standard eyewear: 

  1.  Expanded Peripheral Vision:  Contact lenses enhance driving vision and sports vision.
  2.  High Prescription Patients:   Because of less magnification or minification with contact lenses versus glasses, patients often experience better vision with contact lenses over glasses in high prescriptions.
  3.  Active Lifestyle / Special Visual Needs:  Less likely to experience foggy vision with contact lenses over glasses especially with excessive perspiration during exercise or humid environments.
  4. Multifocal Contact Lenses As An Alternative to Multifocal Spectacles:  Contact lenses are available in multifocal form so that patients are able to see at a distance, on their computer, or at a closer range for reading.
  5. Medical Eye Problems:  Corneal problems such as keratoconus or other degenerative corneal diseases, post-refractive surgery (LASIK, PRP, RK, etc.), corneal scarring, or severe dry eye are medical indications for contact lenses in some patients.
  6. Sunwear / Sports Goggles:  Non-prescription eyewear can be worn over contact lenses for comfort or protection.
  7. Back-up prescription:  Contact lenses serve as a good back-up in the event glasses are broken or misplaced.
  8. Glasses-free appearance:  Many patients enjoy seeing their faces again without glasses and enjoy applying cosmetics more easily with the vision correction of contact lenses.

Dr. Marguerite Ball-Thomas and Dr. James Podschun can recommend the most appropriate contact lens for you based on a complete eye examination and a review of your visual needs both at work and play. Since a patient might be a candidate for more than one type of contact lens, our doctors at Winter Park Vision Specialists can evaluate your eye health, prescription, and visual needs to make the best contact lens recommendation for you.

Soft Lenses

A properly fitting soft lens is often immediately comfortable to wear.  Depending on the contact lens modality that is prescribed for you, some soft contact lenses are disposed of on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.  Soft lenses are often recommended for sports because they fit closer to the eye and are more difficult to dislodge. They can provide correction for most prescriptions including astigmatism and for multifocal needs. Today, with the introduction of newer contact lens materials such as silicone hydrogel lenses which transmit more oxygen to the eye through the lens, patients find it easier than ever to wear soft lenses comfortably.  In addition, some of the newer materials have better wettability which allows patients who suffer from dry eye to wear contact lenses comfortably.

Rigid Gas-Permeable (RGP) Lenses

Made of moderately flexible plastics that transmit oxygen, RGP lenses offer sharp vision and correct most prescription problems including astigmatism and presbyopia (the need for bifocal or reading glasses). RGP contact lenses are considered to be more durable than soft contact lenses but may require a longer adaptation period and consistent daily wear to maintain adaptation.

Multifocal Contact Lenses

In both soft and RGP designs, multifocal contact  lenses offer patients both distance, computer, and near vision correction similar to a pair of glasses but with different technology and design.

Color Contact Lenses

Enhance your eye color or even change it completely. Colored contact lenses are fun and come in a variety of colors for both light and dark eyes.

Silicone Hydrogels

Silicone hydrogels are soft contact lenses that have high oxygen permeability which makes them very healthy for the eye.


Regardless of the type of contact lenses you wear, an annual preventative eye examination is recommended to ensure the continued good health of your eyes. Schedule an appointment today for an assessment and advice at Winter Park Vision Specialists, and we will be in touch with you shortly.