Here at Sonoran Desert Eye Center, we are dedicated to finding the right type of contacts, even hard-to-fit ones, for our patients.
There are many different eye conditions that require specific kinds of contact lenses, so a standard lens doesn’t always work for everyone. There are lenses designed for certain eye conditions, such as an high or irregular astigmatism, dry eyes, keratoconus, post surgical, and more. However, we believe that comfort is also very important when it comes to giving you good vision.
Soft contact lenses are a great option for most people. They allow the eye to breath and are very comfortable. Most soft contact lenses are disposable, so you can change them regularly to keep your eyes healthy.
Corneal rigid gas-permeable contact lenses (RGPs) are small diameter hard contact lenses that create a smooth eye surface for clearer focusing in people with irregular corneas. However, they sit on the cornea so they can be somewhat traumatic over time, are not as comfortable, and may slide around easier. so adjusting to them can take a bit of time. They are durable and very good for people who struggle with bad vision.
Scleral lenses are large diameter lenses that breath a lot of oxygen and create a smooth focusing surface, but don’t traumatize the cornea or slide around. They are very comfortable and durable. These are great lenses for people that have highly irregular corneas that can’t be fit easily with a small diameter RGP.
Toric lenses are designed specifically for people with astigmatism. They come in both hard and soft contact lenses, which has been helpful for many people who have an astigmatism but have difficulty wearing hard lenses. They are the preferred contact lenses of people with astigmatism.
Multifocal contact lenses have zones for distance, midrange, and near. They provide adequate distance and near vision, enabling the wearer to function without glasses for most tasks. However, there are some mild vision compromises that are tolerable for most people. We can now fit people with astigmatism in multifocals as well!