Lehmann Eye Center is committed to providing the highest quality contact lens care. We offer a complete array of lenses to correct many of the same vision problems as eyeglasses including astigmatism, myopia (nearsightedness), and hyperopia (farsightedness).
Your contact lens eye exam will include:
There are many types of contact lenses:
Soft contact lenses are the most common. They are flexible, and made of silicon or gel that allows oxygen to reach the eyes. They are popular because they are comfortable to wear. Soft contact lenses come in a wide range of strengths, including vision correction for astigmatism and presbyopia.
Two types of soft contact lenses are disposable contact lenses and extended wear contact lenses. Disposable contacts are designed to wear daily, weekly, or monthly and then thrown away. It is important to clean these contacts every night. Extended wear lenses may be worn overnight but should be removed regularly for cleaning to prevent eye infections and other problems.
Rigid gas permeable contact lenses, also called RGPs or hard contacts, are another type of contact lenses. Like soft contact lenses, RGPs are breathable so oxygen can reach the eyes. They are not as common as soft, but may work better for some people to correct certain vision conditions such as astigmatism and keratoconus.
Other contact lens options include bifocal/multifocal contact lenses and toric contact lenses for astigmatism:
Bifocal/multifocal contact lenses can be soft contact lenses or RGPs. They are used to correct presbyopia (loss of reading vision that occurs with age).
Toric contact lenses for astigmatism can correct astigmatism and, with the same lens, correct nearsightedness or farsightedness.
Another option for correcting your vision is “blended vision” or “monovision.” In this instance, the person will wear a contact lens for near vision in one eye and distance vision in the other eye.
Contact lenses should be removed and cleaned every night, with the exception of daily disposable lenses or extended wear contact lenses. If you sleep in contact lenses, be sure to follow Dr. Hilton's directions for removing and cleaning them.
Contact Lens Prescription
Once Dr. Hilton determines the best contact lenses to fit your eyes, your contact prescription will be written. Your eyeglass prescription and your contact prescription are not the same. You cannot use your contact prescription to order glasses or your glasses prescription to order contacts.
Contact lens prescriptions are valid for one year. When your prescription expires, you won’t be able to purchase more lenses until you receive an updated prescription. This will require an updated exam to check to health of your eyes and make sure your lenses give you the best vision.
Therapeutic Contact Lenses
The therapeutic use of contact lenses may be necessary for the rehabilitation of the following conditions:
Keratoconus – This is a corneal disease which may cause astigmatism, and in which contact lenses are more effective than glasses.
High myopia – People with a high amount of nearsightedness may have better results with contact lenses than with glasses.
Albinism – Because albinism creates a lack of color in the iris and retina, contact lenses may be used to reduce sensitivity to light.
Anisometropia– Anisometropia is a condition is which the patient’s eyes have a large difference in refractive error. In such cases, contacts may be more comfortable in correcting vision.
Amblyopia – Also called “lazy eye”, amblyopia may also be treated with contact lenses where traditional methods of treatment have been unsuccessful.
Adult and Pediatric Aphakia - lenses are used after cataract surgery in some instances.
If contact lenses don't fit your active lifestyle and you are interested in another treatment option, Dr. Hilton will refer you to Dr. Lehmann or Dr. Young for more information about laser vision correction at Lehmann Eye Center.