Contact Lenses By Conditions
For Nearsighted (Myopic) and Farsighted (Hyperopic)
There are suitable contact lenses that can correct almost all prescription and to suit your needs, regardless if you are nearsighted (myopic) – when distant objects appear blurry or if you are farsighted (hyperopic), when near and occasionally distant objects appear blurry.
Astigmatism is a common condition that can result in blurred or distorted vision at all distances, varying with the amount of astigmatism.
Having astigmatism does not mean you can’t wear contacts. Toric lenses are made specifically for people with astigmatism.
TORIC CONTACT LENSES
What are Toric Contact Lenses?
Toric contact lenses are designed to correct astigmatism and custom made to fit the eye of the patient. Rather than having a perfectly spherical surface like standard contact lenses, toric lenses have a more oblong shape made to accommodate the shape of the astigmatic eye. Toric lenses can be made of either soft or rigid gas permeable (RGP or GP) lens material, however the soft toric lenses are more common.
Toric contact lenses are also designed in such a way that the lenses stay in place on the eye to maintain proper vision. Sometimes as the eye moves or blinks the lens can rotate considerably on the eye. If this rotation continues with a soft toric lens, a rigid gas permeable lens might be more effective. Rigid gas permeable lenses have a longer initial adjustment time, but once this has passed, they are usually just as comfortable as soft contact lenses, and they are often easier to care for.
Toric lenses are available in every wearing schedule from daily disposable to long-term wear. In some cases, you may even find colored toric contact lenses. Due to the customization required, toric lenses tend to be more expensive and may take more laboratory time to make than traditional lenses.
If you have astigmatism, finding the right fit for your contact lenses is essential. Speak to our optometrist today for a full assessment to determine which type of toric lenses will work best for you to help you see and feel your best.
Presbyopia is age-related eye condition, which results in a reduced ability to see near.
Multifocal contact lenses provide good functional vision at distance, intermediate and near.
PRESBYOPIA & MULTIFOCAL CONTACT LENSES
Presbyopia is a natural process as the eye ages and affects the majority of people from age 40 and upward. Individuals with presbyopia are often familiar with the need to hold reading materials such as newspapers an arm’s length away from their eyes in order to see clearly and reading glasses with bifocal or multifocal (progressive) lenses can help.
Fortunately for those who don’t like the look, feel or inconvenience of reading glasses, there is another option. Bifocal and multifocal lenses are also available in contact lenses in both soft and Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) varieties.
Multifocal contact lenses give you added freedom over glasses and they allow you to be able to view any direction – up, down and to the sides – with similar vision. People wearing progressive lenses in glasses on the other hand have to look over their glasses if they want to view upwards or into the distance.