Types of Contact Lenses

There are over 28 million contact lens wearers in this country. The vast majority of these wear soft lenses. The overwhelming majority of soft lenses are disposable or frequent replacement lenses. They correct virtually every type of problem: nearsighted, farsighted, astigmatism and presbyopia.

The population is rapidly aging, while the demands we place on our eyes are increasing. Manufacturers have responded by creating highly effective soft and gas permeable multifocal contact lenses that enhance the quality of life for those age 40 and above.

Those seeking convenience find daily disposables and extended wear lenses that may be worn for up to 30 days of continuous wear. Some of these lenses pass more than ten times the amount of oxygen available in earlier lenses, making lenses even more comfortable.

The practice of orthokeratology to temporarily reverse nearsightedness has been improved by a host of FDA-approved techniques such as Corneal Refractive Therapy or CRT. Hybrid lenses are part soft and part hard. They create options for patients who may have experienced failure with all other forms of contacts and/or glasses.