Contact lenses are a great alternative to glasses. At 512 Eye, we have a wide selection of contact lenses including daily disposable, monthly, 2-week, multifocal, and contact lenses for astigmatism. We carry popular contact lens brands such as Acuvue Oasys, Air Optix, Bausch and Lomb Ultra and Biofinity.
Extended Wear Contact Lenses
Extended wear contacts are economical soft contact lenses that are worn for either 2 weeks or 30-days. Most extended wear contacts require patients to remove them at night, although several brands such as Air Optix Night and Day allow for night time wear. Extended wear contacts are generally disinfected daily for at least 6 hours in contact lens solution such as Opti free, Biotrue, and Clear Care solutions. Extended wear contacts come in a wide selection of powers and colors. Most patients are very happy with extended wear contact lenses. Those with sensitive or dry eyes may benefit from a different type of contact lens.
Daily Disposable Contact Lenses
If you’ve ever experienced dry, irritated, itchy eyes when wearing contact lenses, daily disposable lenses may offer you relief from these symptoms. Daily disposable lenses are contact lenses that are worn for one day and then discarded. The benefit of this is that every morning you can put on a brand-new pair of contacts, which can vastly improve comfort. Daily disposable contacts are also made of thinner, light weight material than extended wear lenses, so many patients don’t even feel them in their eyes.
Over time, extended wear contacts develop deposits and films on them, even when properly cleaned. These films and deposits can make the lenses uncomfortable, especially for those with sensitive eyes. Some patients develop allergic reactions to these deposits over time, causing severe discomfort with contact lens wear. Many patients either tolerate wearing uncomfortable contact lenses or discontinue contact lens wear altogether. Daily disposable contact lenses can offer improved comfort for these patients.
Other patients prefer to only wear contact lenses on special occasions, and wear their glasses most of the time. For these patients, daily disposable contacts are a more economical option, as each lens stays sealed in its packaging and does not expire for a year or more. Plus, with daily disposable contacts, there is no need to purchase additional lens disinfectants or supplies.
Older Children and teenagers often have trouble complying with proper contact lens care—wearing lenses too long, sleeping in them, not using proper cleaning techniques, etc. This can lead to eye infections and corneal ulcers. Daily disposable contact lenses have greatly reduced the number of eye infections we see in teens and children, as we see a much higher rate of compliance with proper contact lens care. Daily disposable contact lenses are very simple to care for compared to other lens modalities, leading to healthier eyes and happier patients.
We carry a large selection of daily disposable contact lenses. Some of our favorite daily disposable lenses are Dailies Total 1 and Acuvue Oasys 1 day. Schedule an appointment and see the difference in comfort for yourself!
Contact Lenses for Astigmatism
Astigmatism is a very common type of prescription that causes things to look distorted. For a patient with astigmatism, a “B” may look like an “E”. When contact lenses were first introduced, there weren’t many options to correct astigmatism and the options that were available didn’t work well. Since then, technology has advanced and contact lenses for astigmatism, or “toric” lenses became available. Toric lenses come in extended, daily 2-week, and rigid gas permeable contact lenses modalities. Recently introduced in 2017, the Biofinity Toric XR contact lens corrects high amounts of astigmatism. It is made of silicone hydrogel, a very comfortable and breathable material that previously wasn’t available to patients with large amounts of astigmatism. We have a large selection of toric lenses for patients with astigmatism.
Multifocal Contact Lenses
Multifocal contact lenses are contact lenses that provide both distance and near vision to patients who are presbyopic and have been prescribed bifocal/progressive glasses. These contacts are great for those looking for alternatives to wearing reading glasses over their contact lenses to see clearly at near. They are available in both extended wear and daily disposable modalities. The downside to multifocal contact lenses is that they are not available in all powers. Additionally, in some cases, vision is not quite as crisp as patients typically see out of distance only contacts. Most patients are very satisfied with multifocal contact lenses. We have a large selection of multifocal lenses including Biofinity Multifocal, Bausch and Lomb Ultra for Presbyopia, Biotrue ONEday for Presbyopia, and many more.
Rigid Gas Permeable lenses
Rigid Gas Permeable lenses, also known as “RGP” lenses are hard conventional lenses that can be worn for up to one year with proper care. These lenses are custom made to order and can offer improved vision to patients with corneal eye diseases or with very large prescriptions. RGP lenses take a bit of an adjustment period to get used to, but in some instances can provide superior vision to soft contact lenses.
If you are a new contact lens wearer, we are happy to teach you how to insert and remove contact lenses. There have been many advances in contact lens materials in recent years. Dr. Langer keeps up with the latest advancements in contact lens technology to offer you the most options in comfort and clarity. If your current contact lenses are uncomfortable or are causing you to see poorly, Dr. Langer can often re-fit you into more comfortable and clearer contact lenses.