Contact Lenses

For many people, contact lenses provide greater convenience and more satisfying vision correction than eyeglasses. After performing a comprehensive eye exam, a contact lens evaluation will be performed. For a first time patient, a contact lens training will be given by our experienced staff to insure proper insertion and removal techniques as well as proper care for the contact lenses.

Dr. Smith specializes in fitting many different types of contacts and will determine the best prescription that is right for you and your specific needs.

Contacts Lenses for the 'Hard-to-Fit' Patient

If you have one or more of the following conditions, contact lens wear may be more difficult:

  • Astigmatism
  • Dry Eyes
  • Presbyopia
  • Giant Papillary Conjuctivitis (GCP)
  • Keratoconus
  • Post-Refractive Surgery (such as LASIK)

Gas Permeable (GP) Contact Lenses

Gas permeable (GP) contact lenses, also known as rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, are hard contact lenses made of silicone-containing compounds that allow oxygen to pass through the lens material to the eye. GP lenses offer a number of advantages which include:

  • GP lenses allow your eyes to "breathe" better. GP lenses allow more oxygen to reach the front surface of the eye. This reduces the risk of eye problems caused by hypoxia (reduced oxygen supply).
  • GP lenses provide sharper vision. Because they are custom-made, GP lenses provide sharper vision than soft lenses for patients with higher degrees of astigmatism and patients with keratoconus (corneal steepening).
  • GP lenses may slow the progression of nearsightedness. Research and Dr. Smith's experience show that wearing gas permeable lenses may slow the progression of myopia (nearsightedness) in some children.

Contact Lenses For Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a very common condition where the curvature of the front of the eye isn't round, but is instead shaped like a football. Astigmatism won't keep you from wearing contact lenses, however, it just means you need a different kind of lens. Soft lenses especially designed to correct astigmatism are called "toric" lenses. It is especially important to have a skilled clinician to fit this type of contact.

Multifocal Contact Lenses

As we reach our 40s, presbyopia – the normal, age-related loss of flexibility of the lens inside our eye – makes it difficult for us to focus on near objects. In the past, reading glasses were the only option available to contact lens wearers who wanted to achieve good distance and near vision. With today's technology, however, multifocal contact lenses offer the best of both worlds: no glasses, along with good near and distance vision.

Contact For Dry Eyes

If you have dry eyes, the first step is to treat the condition. This can be done a number of ways, including artificial tears, medicated eye drops, and nutritional supplements. In addition, a very simple procedure called punctal occlusion is performed in office to allow the natural tear of the eye to self-lubricate the eye for a longer period. Once the dry eye condition is treated and symptoms are reduced or eliminated, contact lenses can be worn more succesfully.

With Dr. Smith's experience and expertise, many people with these conditions can be fit with contacts quite successfully. If you are interested in wearing contact lenses, call our office to schedule a consultation. Even if you've been told you're not a good candidate for contacts because you have one of the above conditions or for some other reason, we may be able to help you wear contact lenses safely and successfully.