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About Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are not as simple as you might imagine. A lot of information goes into prescribing contact lenses. It’s not just as easy as putting a lens on your eye. Your eye doctor will use several different measurements to help choose the right lens for your eyes. Because all eyes are different, not all contacts fit the same. Having a contact lens fit too tightly can cause just as many problems as having a contact lens fit too loosely. Many times you as the wearer may not know if the contact is too tight or too loose. That’s why it is important to have your eye doctor look at the contacts on your eyes to ensure a proper fit.

Contact lenses are medical devices to help correct your refractive error. Because they are in direct contact with your eye, they pose a risk for infection, which can potentially damage your eyes or your vision. Your doctor will instruct you on the proper way to care for your contact lenses, and when these instructions are followed properly, you are not likely to have problems wearing them. Usually infections can be traced back to not following your doctor’s instructions on good contact lens wear, care and hygiene.

There are several types of contact lenses. This section will give you information on the different types on contact lenses available today that your doctor may use to help correct your vision.

CRT Lenses

Paragon CRT Lenses Corneal Reshaping lenses or CRT lenses are used to help correct myopia or nearsightedness. They are a good choice for those who do not want to wear contacts, glasses, or have refractive surgery. Your eye doctor will perform special measurements to fit you with these lenses. It will take several follow-up appointments …



Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses

Rigid lenses Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) contact lenses are smaller than soft lenses. They are often called “hard” lenses, but this is not to be confused with the actual hard lenses that were made of a hard plastic many years ago. The older hard lenses did not allow air to pass through the lens, which …



Soft Contact Lenses

Soft Contact Lenses Soft lenses have been around in the United States since the early 1970s. They were originally used much like hard lenses in that you would replace them annually or longer. These lenses were great in that they were softer feeling in the eye. The type of soft lenses originally made, called hydrogel …



Specialty Contact Lenses

Specialty lenses There are special types of lenses used for different eye conditions. Below is a list of the most common eye conditions that require specialty lenses. Keratoconus - This condition occurs when there is thinning of the cornea in an area that creates a cone shaped bulge. There are special types of rigid lenses available …