Have you been told you can't wear contact lenses? Maybe you have too much astigmatism or a high prescription. Maybe your eyes are just very dry or your allergies are out of control. Well, I've got great news for you! In our clinic, we take pride in working with the "hard-to-fit" patient. No matter what you've been told in the past, we're not afraid to do everything we can to make sure you find the perfect contact lenses to suit your needs.
Technology is amazing and, in the past few years, it has given us multiple contact lens options for those who have had trouble wearing them in the past. I'll go through a few reasons why you may have had issues and then give you a few new solutions we can try.
According to the American Optometric Association, Astigmatism is a common vision condition that occurs when the cornea (the clear front cover of the eye) or the lens within the eye is irregularly shaped. This irregularity prevents light from focusing on the retina and causes blurred vision at all distances. Lenses for astigmatism are weighted and must rest in a specific spot on the eye for perfect vision. Unfortunately for some of you, high astigmatism has prevented you from wearing contact lenses in the past because a perfect, stable fit can be difficult to achieve with some of the older technology!
Biofinity Toric XR is a fantastic new soft lens released this year. This silicone hydrogel lens ensures that you'll experience great comfort, precise vision, and a stable fit throughout your day. While there are other monthly replacement lenses for high astigmatism on the market, they do not boast silicone hydrogel technology which ensures that your eyes get the proper oxygen needed to perform at their best. Biofinity also makes a fantastic extended-range lens without the astigmatism for those with very high prescriptions. And if neither of these work for you, we are well-versed in fitting rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses as well. Many of the new RGP options are very comfortable and healthy for the eyes.
So many of us suffer from dry eye syndrome, allergies, or both! These can be debilitating conditions and often go hand-in-hand. It will come as no surprise that discomfort in contact lenses is the #1 reason people drop out of contact lens wear. Glasses become the more comfortable and convenient option, especially when you're unable to keep the contact lenses in throughout the entire work day. What a pain!
Because of this, it makes me so happy to announce that there is a fantastic new option for you dry eye and allergy sufferers. Acuvue Oasys 1-Day has tear-like properties that work with your natural tears to ensure your comfort throughout the day. I wear this lens myself, and it has definitely been a game-changer for me. Not only is this lens super comfortable, but vision also stays consistent throughout the day. This lens is a daily disposable, so no solutions are needed for disinfection (you're just throwing it away at the end of the day). Disposing of the lens nightly means that you never have to worry about allergens or proteins building up on your lenses. They're always a fresh new lens!
In a recent blog post, I discussed how annoying it can be to lose your near vision. That being said, you're not alone! This occurs in 100% of people after the age of 40 because the natural lens inside our eye becomes stiffer as we age. Fortunately for you, there is a fantastic option out there that may allow you to be free of glasses. Yes!
1-Day Acuvue Moist Multifocal is a brand new design in the multifocal contact lens world. Its proprietary design works with the aging eye to achieve great vision at distance, intermediate, and near. It works well in low light conditions and is super comfortable! This lens is great for those with dryness and allergy issues as well because it is a daily disposable. No need to purchase solutions or worry about keeping the lenses clean. This is a win-win for you-- great vision and convenience all rolled into once package.
So now that I've gone through a few great options for contact lenses, I hope you feel comfortable paying us a visit! If you have any concerns about whether or not you'll be able to wear lenses, give us a call and let us calm those fears.
Until next time,