Category Archives for "Contact Lenses"

Toric Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

Contact Lenses for Astigmatism If you have astigmatism – a common condition where the eye isn’t perfectly round, but more football- or egg-shaped – then you’ll need specially designed contact lenses to achieve clear vision. You have several options: “Toric” soft contact lenses are the most common choice, but there are also gas permeable (RGP […]

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Orthokeratology

Orthokeratology, or “ortho-k,” is the process of reshaping the eye with specially designed rigid gas permeable (GP) contact lenses. The goal of ortho-k is to flatten the front surface of the eye and thereby correct mild to moderate amounts of nearsightedness and astigmatism. This process is also known as corneal reshaping, and by brand names […]

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Gas Permeable (GP) Contact Lenses

Gas permeable (GP) contact lenses, also known as rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, are rigid contacts made of silicone-containing compounds that allow oxygen to pass through the lens material to the eye. Though not as popular as soft contact lenses, GP lenses offer a number of advantages. Advantages of Gas Permeable Lenses GP lenses allow […]

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Eye Exams for Contact Lenses

For many people, contact lenses provide greater convenience and more satisfying vision correction than eyeglasses. Here is what’s involved in a typical contact lens exam and fitting: A Comprehensive Eye Exam Comes First Before you are fitted with contact lenses, a comprehensive eye exam is performed. In this exam, your eye doctor determines your prescription […]

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Contact Lenses for the “Hard-to-Fit” Patient

Not everyone is well suited to the most common types of contact lenses. If you have one or more of the following conditions, contact lens wear may be more challenging: astigmatism dry eyes presbyopia giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC) keratoconus post-refractive surgery (such as LASIK) But “challenging” doesn’t mean impossible. Often, people with these conditions can […]

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What Is Vision Insurance?

The cost of routine eye exams and prescription eyewear can be of real concern, especially for large families. In many cases, vision insurance can lower these annual expenses. A vision insurance policy is not the same as health insurance. Regular health insurance plans protect you against financial losses due to unexpected eye injuries or disease. […]

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Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses

Bifocal and multifocal contact lenses are designed to give you good vision when you reach your 40s. Beginning at this age, you may need to hold reading material – like a menu or newspaper – farther from your eyes to see it clearly. This condition is called “presbyopia.” Bifocal and multifocal contact lenses are available […]

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