Specialty Contact Lenses in Castle Rock, CO

Believe it or not, contact lenses were first created all the way back in the 1880s. Early contact lenses were made of glass and used to protect eyes against diseases. Over the past 140 years, contact lenses have seen a lot of change and improvement. Today's lenses can correct your vision, change your eye color, and more. In fact, there are specialty contact lenses available to help patients with corneal conditions who are unable to wear traditional lenses. At  The Meadows Family Eye Care, we carry specialty contacts to help more patients experience the benefits of contact lenses.

What Are Specialty Contact Lenses?  

Many people who have had corneal transplants or with conditions such as keratoconus have been told they're unable to wear contacts.  Fortunately, specialty contacts can help. They allow contacts can be customized for each patient. Your contacts can help with your specific symptoms and vision problems. For example, some people might need contacts with a different shape than standard contacts to avoid irritating their eyes. 

Different Types of Specialty Lenses 

 At The Meadows Family Eye Care, we carry a few different types of specialty lenses. Dr. Ryan Reid or Dr. Mariana Reid can let you know if any of these lenses would be a good fit for your eyes. They'll help you understand all the options and will discuss what might work for you. 

Scleral Lenses 

Standard contact lenses are designed to rest on the cornea. People with severe dye eye, eyelid abnormalities, or who have corneal conditions are often unable to wear standard lenses without irritation and discomfort. Scleral lenses are different.  Your scleral is also known as the whites of your eyes. Instead of resting on the cornea, scleral lenses rest their weight on the scleral. The lenses have a saline solution-filled vault that goes over your cornea. This provides extra hydration and reduces any irritation.

Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses 

Rigid gas permeable (RGB) lenses are more rigid than the contact lenses you might be used to. They're made of durable plastics. However, they're also different than traditional hard contact lenses. Hard lenses were made from a lightweight material called PMMA. Unfortunately,  PMMA doesn't allow oxygen to reach the surface of the eye. RBG lenses use silicone along with other materials to create a more flexible lense. This design allows more oxygen to get to your cornea. This can reduce irritation discomfort.  

Orthokeratology Lenses 

Orthokeratology lenses can reshape the surface of your cornea.  You can use Orthokeratology contact lenses overnight to help achieve temporary vision correction. By wearing these lenses at night, you can have clear vision throughout the day without needing contacts or eyeglasses. They're a great choice for people who can't wear contacts or glasses during the day, such as people who play high contact sports or who work in very dusty environments. Orthokeratology lenses can be worn by people with:

  • Nearsightedness
  • Farsightedness
  • Presbyopia
  • Astigmatism 

Hybrid Lenses  

Hybrid lenses combine the best features of soft and hard contact lenses. They provide the comfort and ease of use of soft contact lenses and the durability and vision clarity hard lenses are known for. They provide extra hydration and oxygen for added eye protection. They can be a great choice for people with cornea conditions who still want the fit and feel of soft contact lenses. 

Where to Find Specialty Contact Lenses in Castle Rock, CO  

New contact lenses technology is making contact lenses an option for more people than ever. If you've been told you can't wear contact lenses, The Meadows Family Eye Care might be able to help. We offer specialty contacts that can correct a wide range of vision problems. Give us a call today at (303) 660-6005  to get started. 

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