Find the right fit for your eyes at Winter Park Vision Specialists.
Do you need vision correction but don’t want to wear eyeglasses full time? Contact lenses are a great option for almost anyone.
We offer a wide selection at our Winter Park office, and our experienced team of eye care professionals can help you find the right contacts for you.
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There are a number of reasons why you might prefer contact lenses to standard eyewear:
- Expanded Peripheral Vision: Contact lenses enhance driving vision and sports vision.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sunwear / Sports Goggles: Non-prescription eyewear can be worn over contact lenses for comfort or protection.
- Back-up prescription: Contact lenses serve as a good back-up in the event glasses are broken or misplaced.
- 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.
What are my options?
There are many contact lens options available. Your eye care provider will take your lifestyle and vision correction needs into consideration when helping you select the right lenses for your eyes.
Here are some of the most common contact lens types:
- Hard contact lenses – Hard contact lenses are rigid gas permeable. This means that they are porous enough to allow oxygen to enter through to the cornea. Hard contact lenses keep their shape on the eye. As such, they are sometimes recommended to curb the progression of nearsightedness in younger wearers.
- Soft contact lenses – Soft contact lenses are popular because they are very comfortable for the wearer. Soft contact lenses don’t “pop out” the way hard lenses occasionally might. Soft lenses are appropriate to correct near and farsightedness and astigmatism.
- Disposable soft contact lenses – Intended to be worn for a short time, to help prevent allergic reactions or bacterial infections in sensitive wearers. Disposable lenses are also appropriate for children who might not take excellent care when cleaning their lenses.
- Extended wear contact lenses – Extended wear contact lenses are designed to be worn constantly for long periods of time – up to a week. They do need to be deep cleaned weekly, however. Unlike all other lenses, extended wear contacts can be worn while sleeping. The lens type allows sufficient oxygen to reach the eye for health.
- Daily wear contact lenses – Most contact lenses are daily wear. That is they are worn all day and then removed at night for cleaning. These lenses generally last until their give expiration date, at which point they must be discarded and replaced because the lens material begins to break down.
- Colored contact lenses – These are worn to enhance or completely change the visual color of the iris. They are still prescription contact lenses, however, and need to be treated with the same care you would give to regular lenses. Many — but not all — brands of contact lens companies offer colored lens options.
Need a prescription?
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 a contact lens exam at Winter Park Vision Specialists today for an assessment and advice at Winter Park Vision Specialists, and we will be in touch with you shortly.