Types of Contact Lenses

Are you considering contact lenses? Contact lenses offer a full field of vision instead of straight-ahead vision because they move with your eyes. Wearers prefer them because they are not susceptible to fogging and getting wet in the rain and collecting dust on the lens surface, and they can be safely worn while participating in other recreational activities. If you are interested in switching to contacts, our optometrists in Riverdale can help you decide with type is best for you.

Soft Contacts

Soft contact lenses are made from a flexible material that is exceptionally comfortable. Wearers often need very little time to adjust to the lenses. Soft contacts are great for correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness and mild to moderate astigmatisms. Wearers can choose to purchase lenses with varying replacement schedules, including daily, every two weeks, monthly or yearly.

Toric Lenses

Toric lenses are a type of soft contact that is weighted on one side to prevent the lens from rotating in the eye. These lenses are great for individuals with mild to moderate astigmatisms that cannot be corrected with soft contact lenses.

Gas Permeable Contacts

Gas permeable contacts are also known as hard contacts. These types of contact lenses are constructed from a rigid, oxygen-permeable material. Wearers typically need a couple of weeks to adjust to these lenses fully. However, they are perfect for correcting moderate to severe astigmatisms, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. They can even be worn by individuals who need prescriptions for near and distance vision.

Hybrid Contacts

Hybrid contacts contain a gas permeable center and a soft edge. These contacts can be used to correct the same refractive errors as soft and hard contact lenses, but they are much more comfortable to wear. They also require less adjustment time.

Scleral Contacts

Scleral contacts are large-diameter gas permeable lenses. They are specifically designed to vault entirely over the cornea, which makes them ideal for correcting severe astigmatisms and keratoconus. Individuals can also wear them with moderate to severe dry eye because the gap between the lens and the cornea creates a water reservoir that helps alleviate dry eye symptoms.

To schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists in Riverdale, NJ, call us at 973-248-0060.

What You Need to Know About Adjusting to New Glasses and Contacts

New eyewear – whether it’s glasses or contacts – is different from many other types of treatment you’ll receive in that it helps you see correctly and also impacts your overall appearance. Noting this, it can be fun to get that new glasses prescription and frame or switch to a better contact lens. But it does not always love at first sight (pun intended), as there’s often an adjustment period that the eyes have to go through.

Indeed this period is the most significant if you previously didn’t wear any corrective lens and are now adjusting to life with them. However, even when receiving a new prescription or new glasses frame, there’s bound to be some adjustment. Here’s a look at what you can do to ensure a smooth transition:

Wear them first thing in the morning: If you just got new glasses, don’t put off wearing them. The sooner you put them on in the day, the faster you’ll adjust to them. Additionally, you don’t want to put off wearing them until mid-day, as any sudden change in sight could throw you off and even make you feel sick. You don’t want that.

Don’t overdo it: It can be natural to want to wear new contact lenses as much as possible, but it’s also important not to overstate it. Your optometrist will likely give you some limits on how much you should be wearing your lenses as your eyes adjust to them, so be sure to stick to said limits for a smooth transition. Additionally, be sure to adhere to the proper cleaning methods for your lenses.

If something feels off, see your optometrist: Your new glasses should fit comfortably. The same is true of new contact lenses. If something doesn’t feel comfortable, or if you’re experiencing eye irritation, redness, watering or other detrimental side effects, consult your doctor immediately. While there’s an adjustment period with new eyewear, it shouldn’t be a trying one.

For more information on adjusting to new contacts or glasses, contact us today.