Contact Lenses at Louisiana Eye Care
Some people prefer to wear contact lenses instead of eyeglasses as their primary means of vision correction because they prefer a more natural appearance, or because they are active in sports. Contact lenses do offer many benefits!
The most common contact lenses are soft lenses, and the wear schedule for soft contact lenses may be daily or extended. Soft contact lenses are made of soft plastics that allow oxygen to pass through to the cornea. While soft contact lenses are the most common, they may not be the best option for everyone. In cases of keratoconus, dry eye, or other conditions in which a person is advised against wearing contact lenses, specialty contact lenses can be a suitable alternative.
Specialty Contact Lenses
Regular contact lenses fit the surface of the eye. If you have an abnormally shaped cornea or suffer from an eye condition like dry eye or keratoconus, regular contacts will not work well.
Specialty contact lenses are intended to treat specific vision problems or correct certain refractive errors. They can be designed to help people with unique visual needs, such as those with keratoconus, a disease that causes the cornea (the clear window at the front of your eye) to thin and change shape.
If you’ve ever been told you can’t wear contact lenses due to unique visual needs or challenges, you may be able to wear specialty contact lenses!
Rigid gas permeable contact lenses
If you have dry eye, wearing regular contact lenses can feel uncomfortable. Gas permeable contact lenses can be an effective way to lessen the symptoms so that you can comfortably wear contact lenses. These contacts are made from material that helps enough oxygen pass through them to keep the eyes comfortable and can reduce the risk of corneal abnormalities over extended periods of use.
Scleral contact lenses
Scleral contact lenses are larger than conventional contact lenses. Scleral contacts are large-diameter gas permeable contact lenses specially designed to vault over the entire corneal surface and rest on the sclera, otherwise known as the “white” of the eye. In doing so, scleral lenses functionally replace the irregular cornea with a perfectly smooth optical surface to correct vision problems caused by keratoconus and other corneal irregularities. Scleral lenses can help address issues that may make wearing conventional or regular contact lenses impossible.
If you have been told in the past that you cannot wear contact lenses due to dry eye, keratoconus, or other ocular issues, consider scheduling an appointment with us to see if you are a good candidate for specialty contact lenses.
Order Contact Lenses Online from Louisiana Eye Care
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