Wythe Eye associates can help you find the best fitting contact lenses for your needs. Visit our eye doctor in Wytheville, Pulaski, & Bluefield, VA.
Silicone Hydrogel Lenses
Another category of lenses that are fairly new to the market are the silicone hydrogel lenses. These lenses can provide many times more oxygen to the eyes compared to other category of lenses. These lenses are actually providing some patients with a second chance to remain in soft contact lenses. If there is a significant risk of failing ocular health due to lack of oxygen to the cornea, then these lenses may provide the needed oxygen and therefore may extend a patient's ability to remain in soft lenses.
If the options above do not provide the vision or comfort levels needed to be a successful contact lens wearer, then we also have a hybrid lens called Synergeyes. This lens provides the good vision of a hard lens with comfort more similiar to that of a soft lens. It is design with a hard center to provide good vision, but has a soft skirt around it giving it more of a soft feel. This lens comes in a few designs, including Multifocals, Astigmatism, Keratoconus and Post Surgical lenses. To learn more you can visit their website at www.synergeyes.com.
Corneal Refractive Thearapy (CRT)
Corneal Reshaping with CRT Contact Lenses can be an ideal vision correction method for active children, especially those involved in sports, or children who are genetically prone to having their nearsightedness progress year after year. The principle is similar to the use of a dental retainer used by an orthodontist to realign crooked teeth. The vision retainers are similar to contact lenses and are only worn at night while sleeping. They are then removed upon awakening to provide clear vision without using glasses or contact lenses! The retainers are comfortable and very easy to care for. CRT does not work on everyone and needs to be performed in a very exact and meticulous manner.
For those patients that have had a difficult time finding lenses that provide good enough vision for their lifestyle, there are RGP or "hard" contacts. These lenses do provide better vision in most cases, but are usually a bit more diffcult to adjust to comfort wise. There are many patients in these lenses that are completely happy and unwilling to switch to soft contact lenses.
Some of the most popular soft contact lens brands available today are:
- CooperVision (Biofinity, Frequency)
- CibaVision/Alcon (Air Optix, Air Optix Night and Day)
- Vistakon/Johnson & Johnson (Acuvue)
- Bausch + Lomb (Pure Vision, SofLens, Optima)