About Contact Lenses
Some people enjoy making a fashion statement with eyeglasses, while others prefer their appearance without them. Contact lenses can achieve freedom from eyeglasses without irreversible refractive surgery. Contact lenses can also provide a full field of unobstructed vision, which is great for an active lifestyle. Today’s contact lenses are designed to be very comfortable. Most contact lenses are made of a soft material that is hardly noticeable, if at all.
An EyeCare Specialties of Colorado doctor can help you decide which combination of features is right for you. In addition to your preferences, the doctor will evaluate the eye structure, tears, and visual acuity to determine what lenses will be healthy and comfortable. We want patients to have a truly exceptional wearing experience – one that will let you enjoy the best in vision, health, and a truly remarkable level of comfort that lasts all day long.
If you enjoy wearing contact lenses, we are certain that we carry a lens that’s right for you. Whether you’re nearsighted, farsighted, have an astigmatism, or need help reading smaller type, EyeCare Specialties of Colorado is committed to fitting all of our patients in the most suitable prescription contact lenses.
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Specialized Contact Lenses
The doctors at EyeCare Specialties fit a variety of contact lenses including soft contacts, disposable daily wear, multifocal, bifocal and rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses. Most patients can comfortably wear contact lenses to correct their vision. However, there are a significant number of patients who require specialized contact lenses. We incorporate established expertise with the newest technologies to fit custom contact lenses including toric, bi-toric, scleral lenses and lenses for Ortho-k. At EyeCare Specialties, we strive to provide our patients with lenses that fit their individual needs. Whether you wear conventional contact lenses or advanced customized contact lenses, our goal is to deliver clear, comfortable vision.
Specialty and Customized Contact Lenses
Scleral Contact Lenses: Advanced Comfort and Clarity
Scleral lenses may be used to improve vision and reduce pain and light sensitivity for people suffering from a number of disorders or injuries to the eye, such as patients with Dry Eye Syndrome, Graft vs. Host disease, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, Microphthalmia, Keratoconus, Corneal Ectasia, Aniridia, Neurotrophic Keratopathy / Keratitis (anesthetic corneas). Patients who cannot close their eyes completely can experience improved comfort with the use of scleral lenses. Scleral lenses have been highly successful for patients with post-LASIK / RK / PRK, corneal transplant and corneal degeneration complications. Injuries to the eye such as surgical complications, chemical and burn injuries also may be corrected with the use of scleral lenses. Scleral lenses are custom-fit to address the patient’s individual needs. We bring established expertise and innovative technology to fit this highly-precise lens. Scleral lenses offer clarity and comfort for patients who have been previously told they were not good candidates for contacts or who have been unsuccessful with other types of contact lenses. If you suffer from dry eye, sensitive eyes, a medical condition or injury, ask the doctors of EyeCare Specialties if the large diameter scleral lenses are right for you.
Orthokeratology (Ortho-k) / Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT)
Orthokeratology (Ortho-k), also known as Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT), is the number one choice for myopia control in children and adults. Ortho-k is a process of fitting specially-designed gas permeable contact lenses that the patient wears overnight. While the patient sleeps, the lenses gently reshape the front surface of the eye (cornea) so the patient can see clearly without lenses during the day. Several studies have shown that Ortho-k/CRT lenses can slow the rate of progression of myopia (nearsightedness) in children. Many parents are choosing an Ortho-k/CRT treatment regimen to decrease the rate of progression of childhood myopia, eliminating the need for glasses or contact lenses. Ortho-k/CRT is also a great benefit for swimmers, athletes and patients who are around dust, pollen or other eye irritants. We invite you to schedule an appointment with the doctors at EyeCare Specialties to see if Ortho-k/CRT is the right choice for you or your child. This is also a great alternative for patients who want clear vision without surgery. For more information click here.
Contact Lens Tips
Wearing contact lenses will increase your risk of eye infections. All types of contact lenses reduce the amount of oxygen that reaches your eyes, which can promote infection. Proper cleaning and disinfection of your contact lenses is very important. Here are some tips:
- Always wash, rinse and dry your hands thoroughly before handling your contacts.
- While combination cleaning-disinfectant-storage solutions are convenient, use multi-purpose contact lens solutions with caution. If a solution has become discolored, do not use it. Discoloration might mean that the product is out-of-date or contaminated. To enhance the cleaning performance of the solution, gently rub the lenses for a few seconds.
- If you have daily-wear contacts, make sure to take them out before you go to sleep. Infections are more common if you extend the wear of your contacts.
- Follow your eyecare professional’s instructions for taking care of your lenses. Use only sterile products that are commercially prepared specifically for contact lens care, and make sure you use lens care products formulated for the type of lenses you wear.
- Replace your contact lenses as recommended. If one or both lenses bother you before you’re due to replace them, get them checked or try a new set — if you have a supply.
- Replace your contact lens case every three to six months.
- Rinse your contact lens case every time the lenses are disinfected. Don’t “top off” old solution that’s already in the case.