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Posted on 08-29-2016

Which Types of Contact Lenses in Stuart Are Right for You?

So your latest eye exam indicates that you need corrective lenses to compensate for a refractive error such as myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia or astigmatism. You may already know you want contact lenses instead of glasses -- but which types of contact lenses in Stuart should you consider? There are actually many options to choose from other than generic soft disposable lenses, some of which may be right for you and some of which are not. Let us examine the different types of contact lenses offered here at Dr. Durante's optometry practice in Cohen's Fashion Optical, and why some lenses are more suitable for specific needs than others.

Contact lenses for residents of Stuart

A Contact Lens Exam in Stuart Can Help You Choose

A contact lens exam in Stuart not only lets us measure your eyes for contacts; it also yields critical information for helping us determine which contact lenses are right for you. For instance, single-use disposable contacts are preferable if you have giant papillary conjunctivitis (an irritating reaction to the proteins that accumulate on lenses), while extended-wear contacts are good for people for aren't fond of the insertion and removal process. Your personal habits and preferences can help us narrow down the final selection.

Hard-to-Fit Contacts from Our Stuart Contact Lens Specialist

Certain eye and vision problems may also push you toward specific types of lenses -- especially those problems that require what our Stuart contact lens specialist classifies as "hard-to-fit" contacts. Some of these specialized contacts and materials include:

  • Hydrogel lenses - Hydrogel lenses are made from a special substance that retains moisture. If you have dry eye syndrome, you may need hydrogel lenses.
  • Rigid gas permeable lenses - RGP lenses have just enough rigidity to hold a predetermined shape, as opposed to soft contacts that take on the exact shape of the corneas. This allows for the most accurate vision correction possible, even if the corneas themselves are oddly shaped.
  • Scleral contacts - Scleral contacts extend all the way out to the white of the eye. They're a good choice for people with keratoconus (bulging, cone-shaped corneas) because they "vault” over the corneas completely.
  • Toric lenses - Toric contact lenses make sense for people with astigmatism, a condition which requires precise correction for specific areas of the corneas. A toric lens is structured so that it always stays in place, with no rotating.
  • Multifocal contacts - Multifocal contacts have multiple correction zones for presbyopia sufferers. They can correct for near, intermediate and distance vision simultaneously.

Now that you see the sheer wealth of lens types and options available, take the next logical step by scheduling the necessary evaluations to get fitted your ideal pair. In addition to our free eye exams, we also offer disposable contact lenses from $12 and contact lens exams from $40. Some restrictions apply, so call (772) 692-2020 today to learn more and schedule an appointment!

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