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Types of Specialty Contact Lenses

Every eye is different. Standard contact lenses can help resolve common cases of refractive errors. But, if you have other vision problems, specialty contact lenses are an excellent solution. They are also available in various sizes, shapes, and designs that meet your unique needs.

Here are the types of specialty contact lenses that can provide you with the clear vision you deserve:


Scleral Lenses


These specialty contacts are suitable not only for patients with severe refractive errors. They are also an invaluable treatment for anyone who suffers from certain eye issues. These include severe ocular surface disease and corneal irregularities like keratoconus. Scleral lenses are designed to vault over the entire surface of your cornea, then rest on your sclera. These special lenses can transform an irregular cornea into a smooth optical surface.


Orthokeratology Lenses


Simply known as ortho-K lenses, this type of specialty lenses provides clear vision while eliminating the need to wear them during the day. It means that you only need to wear them overnight. They’re meant to gently reshape your cornea in a safe manner. Ortho-K lenses are also designed to allow the air to pass through the lenses, then reach the eye. This makes them comfortable to wear as you sleep at night. You will have to remove the lenses the next morning. You can enjoy your clear, crisp vision throughout the day without your prescription glasses or contacts. Ortho-K lenses are a popular choice among athletes and people who work outdoors. It’s also well-known for myopia control and management among children.


Multifocal Contact Lenses


Do you suffer from multiple refractive eye errors? If so, switching to multifocal lenses could be your best option to achieve clear vision. An example of this is if you’re both nearsighted and astigmatic. Then, you develop presbyopia later on. Multifocal contacts let you achieve better visual acuity in varying distances. It works for near, medium, and distant objects. Only that this time, you no longer have to juggle many optical devices at once. It’s common for people with multiple refractive errors to use their conventional contact lenses while also wearing their reading glasses. Multifocals aren’t for everyone. But they can be useful for those who struggle with more than one refractive error.


Gas-Permeable (GP) Contact Lenses


Also referred to as hard or rigid contacts, GP contact lenses are made of high-quality materials that are more resistant than soft contacts. Since this type of contact lens moves simultaneously with your eyes, it doesn’t create distortions when viewing your periphery. If you have significant graduation differences between your eyes, you will perceive the objects of the same size as the actual one. Eye doctors generally recommend GP contact lenses for people with refractive errors like nearsightedness and astigmatism. They’re also an excellent option for patients with keratoconus, have had refractive surgery or undergone a corneal transplant.


Whether you’re new to contact lens wear or merely switching from eyeglasses, it can feel somewhat overwhelming to pick which pair is right for you. The best course of action is to consult your eye doctor to discuss your vision needs thoroughly. At Kennedy Vision Health Center, we will help you decide by taking into consideration your specific vision correction requirements, lifestyle, and personality.


Learn more about specialty contact lenses, contact Kennedy Vision Health Center in Plymouth (763) 296-2600 or Elk River, MN (763) 296-2700.

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