Aucello EyeCare Center: Specialty Contact Lenses
Certain eye conditions can make comfortable contact lens wear more challenging. These include astigmatism, presbyopia, dry eye syndrome, giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC), and keratoconus. Some patients also have “hard-to-fit” eyes as a result of refractive surgery such as LASIK. For such cases, your eye doctor may prescribe one or more types of specialty contact lenses.
Check out the following pages for more information on scleral and corneal reshaping (ortho-k) contacts:
- Scleral Contact Lenses
- Ortho-K Contact Lenses
Soft Contact Lenses
Soft lenses are made from hydrogels or silicone hydrogels, pliable materials that conform to the shape of the eye. They allow oxygen to pass through to the cornea and are more comfortable to wear than other contact lens types.
Soft lenses may be prescribed to correct a wide range of vision conditions. In some keratoconus cases, they may be used in conjunction with rigid lenses in a technique called “piggybacking” to maximize comfort.
Rigid Contact Lenses
Also called gas-permeable (GP) lenses, rigid contact lenses provide sharper optics and are more durable than soft lenses. Unlike conventional hard lenses, they allow oxygen to pass through and can therefore be worn closer to the eye.
Some eye doctors prefer GP lenses for mild to moderate cases of keratoconus.
Hybrid Contact Lenses
Hybrid lenses are large-diameter lenses with a GP lens at the center and a silicone hydrogel “skirt” at the periphery. They combine the sharp optics of rigid lenses with the comfort of soft lenses and are often used to correct myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism in healthy eyes. Specially-shaped hybrid contacts can also be prescribed for people with keratoconus and other corneal irregularities.
Toric Contact Lenses
Toric lenses have a distinctive shape specifically designed to correct high amounts or unusual types of astigmatism. Their shape allows them to provide different refractive powers in different meridians. They are most often made of soft lens material, although GP toric lenses are available as well.
Toric lenses may be prescribed for patients who have a lesser degree of astigmatism remaining after LASIK.
Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses
Like bifocal and multifocal eyeglass lenses, these contact lenses provide clear vision at all distances for people who have presbyopia or other types of refractive errors. They come in both soft and GP materials. Because of their complex design, precise fitting can be challenging and time-consuming.
The eye doctors at Aucello EyeCare Center can determine which specialty lens type is appropriate for you and help you achieve the clearest vision possible.
Request an Appointment
To schedule an appointment with an eye care practitioner with special expertise in contact lens fitting, call (860) 644-4362 to reach our South Windsor office or (860) 667-2020 to reach our Newington office. You can also fill out our online appointment request form today. We accept most major insurance plans.