What types of contact lenses are best for astigmatism?
Depending on the degree of astigmatism, there are soft or hard contact lenses to choose from. These lenses are designed for the unique cornea curvature created by astigmatism. These lenses differ from regular contacts, as they do not rotate like spherical contacts when you blink or look around.
What contacts work best for patients with keratoconus?
EyeHealth Northwest has specialists in the fitting of therapeutic contact lenses for the medical condition Keratoconus. Keratoconus is a corneal condition which causes the cornea to become misshapen resulting in progressive thinning of the apex of the cornea. Specially designed hard contact lenses are the traditional contact lens of choice, however new soft lenses for keratoconus are also an option.
Are Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) lenses available?
Yes. Specially trained & certified technicians are available for fitting & maintenance of RGP lenses.. These lenses may be recommended for patients with complex prescriptions, persons with allergies, or patients with increased tendency to form protein deposits on contacts.
Are there bifocal contact lenses?
Yes. This area of contact lenses is exploding with innovation. Daily, two week, monthly, quarterly soft contacts are now available. These lenses are designed to allow both distance and near vision in a single lens. Monovision is another option. In monovision, contacts are worn a specific way, whereby one eye is corrected to see distant objects and the other eye is corrected for near vision. At EyeHealth Northwest, our specialists in contact lenses are certified experts at fitting these more sophisticated lenses.
Can I get colored contacts?
Yes. Colored contacts fall basically into two categories; enhancers and opaques. Enhancers work best for light colored eyes, whereas opaques work best for dark hazel or brown eyes. The color options in both categories--especially opaques--have increased exponentially. If you are already a contact lens wearer, your EyeHealth Northwest doctor can advise you on the best option for your eyes.