Have you ever been told you're not a candidate for contact lenses? Do you have astigmatism? Are you over age 40? Do you have a corneal disease like keratoconus, or dry eyes? If you answered yes to any of those questions the great news for you is that there are contact lens options just for you!
Astigmatism: The days of “only glasses for you” are long over, while astigmatism may sound complicated, it's really very simple. The cornea or lens of your eye is simply shaped differently causing images to be out of focus at all distances. Luckily this is easily correctable with soft contact lenses or glasses in most cases, just like nearsightedness or farsightedness.
Presbyopia: Over the last decade there has been a myriad of developments in contact lens technologies that now provide excellent options for patients who want to wear contacts, but require near vision correction in addition to distance correction. As a natural process of aging, the lens in our eye becomes less flexible, a process called presbyopia, which causes our near vision to decrease slowly over time. With multi-focal contact lenses, you can now see up close and far away freeing you from glasses for many activities! These lenses are available as hard or soft lenses and can be fit for patients with a variety of eyeglass prescriptions.
Dry Eye: Scleral lenses are large diameter hard, but very comfortable, contact lenses similar in size to soft contact lenses. These lenses may be great for patients who are dealing with debilitating day to day dry eye that doesn't respond to traditional therapies such as eye drops or warm compresses. These specialty lenses are fit to create a reservoir of tears between the lens and the front surface of your eye keeping the eyes lubricated and protected from our dry environment throughout the day. When fit properly scleral lenses are very comfortable for the wearer and provide excellent vision. Scleral lenses have been proven to significantly reduce the symptoms of dryness that patients commonly experience such as burning, excessive tearing, and the sandy, gritty sensation often present with dry eyes.
Irregular Corneas: Scleral lenses may also be fit for a variety of corneal disorders such as keratoconus, or post refractive keratotomy (RK) patients. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with keratoconus these lenses may be an excellent option, particularly if glasses no longer provide adequate vision correction. Scleral lenses often provide superior comfort and vision to many of the previously available lens options for patients with moderate to severe keratoconus. Many patients who had RK surgery to correct their vision now suffer from high prescription cost, fluctuating vision, and hazy vision. Using a scleral lens can stabilize the vision, improve visual acuity, and improve your overall quality of life as it relates to your vision.
If you suspect any of these wonderful technology advances could be of benefit to you, we would love to see you for a consultation at EyeTech Optometry in Frisco for a specialty contact lens fitting or discussion of other treatments for dry eye or vision correction.
You may book appointments online, or by calling 970-262-9272 and speaking with one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members!
Dr. Chuck Philpy