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Orthokeratology is a specialized procedure that uses a gas permeable contact lens to help reshape your cornea. The idea behind this technique can be compared to braces. Your Orthokeratologist will design a custom contact lens to change the shape of your cornea while you sleep. In the morning, you take your shaping lenses out and see clearly and crisply during the day.
Gas Permeable Contacts - Gas permeable contact lenses offer some outstanding benefits over soft lenses. Because GP lenses are made from a firm plastic material, they retain their shape when you blink, which tends to provide sharper vision than from soft lenses.
GP lenses are durable and they're made from materials that don't contain water, so protein and lipids from your tears do not adhere to GP lenses as easily as they do to soft lenses. With a little care, gas permeable contact lenses can last for years, as long as you don't require a prescription change.
Soft Lens Contacts - Contacts are made from a gel type of plastic that also allows oxygen to flow through to the cornea. These contacts are easier to wear and are easier to get used to. They are flexible and allow for comfort.
Newer Silicone hydrogel Soft contact lenses are advanced soft lenses that allow more oxygen to pass through the lens to the cornea than regular soft contacts. In fact, silicone hydrogel lenses enable up to five times more oxygen to reach the cornea that regular soft lenses. Theses lenses are available for those with or without Astigmatism, Bifocals and overnight wear.
Popular brands of silicone hydrogel contact lenses include Air Optix Aqua (Ciba/Alcon), Biofinity (Coopervision), Acuvue Oasys (Vistakon).
If you have had trouble wearing contact lenses, or have been told you're not a good candidate for contacts, you simply have eyes that are "hard to fit." Don't worry, this doesn't mean you can't wear contact lenses, you just need to know your options. Any of the following conditions can make contact lens fitting and wear more challenging:
-Post Refeactive Surgery (after LASIK)
If you have or suspect you have any of these conditions and want to wear contacts, give us a call to learn more about your options. We specialize in all types of contact lenses and are more aware of the latest contact lens technology and options available. We also use advance equipment that can measure your cornea more precisely to achieve the best contact lens fit possible.
If you have dry eyes and suffer from redness, irritation, burning, and pain but want to wear contact lenses, no need to worry!
We can help you out. With new treatments in dry eye and new lenses available, you may be able to wear contact lenses again or for the first time. We can determine how dry yours eyes are and place you with the right lens for you.
There are many contact lens options for dry eyes, and it is recommended that you discuss the options with us to see if it would be a good fit.
If you think you may need specialty lenses, give us a call; we can advise you of your options and help you determine what type of lenses will fit your needs the best.
Some of the specialty types include:
We have several custom laboratories that can design that special lens for your condition.
Silicone hydrogel lenses allow significantly more oxygen to reach the eye than regular soft lenses, making them a good choice for anyone who wears contacts for long hours or in challenging environments.