Contact lenses are a great alternative to conventional eyeglasses but we do have some patients who have had difficulty with the transition. Our Jackson Heights optometrist, at Lens Lab Express, has had great success fitting contact lenses in patients who may have a hard time wearing them. When thinking about contact lenses, we will perform the standard eye exam that tests your visual clarity using an eye chart. Once our eye doctor has finished the standard exam, your eyes will be measured to make sure that lenses sit properly over your corneas. Using “corneal topography”, a tool that maps out your cornea, we can help fit contact lenses for our patients with high astigmatism and corneal issues. You may also be asked to wear trial lenses during the visit to see how your eyes handle them.
Our Jackson Heights optometrist is able to provide you with several contact lens options, choosing between multifocal, bifocal, rigid or soft lenses. We also give you the choice to change the color of your eyes with colored lenses. Because of the varied choices of contact lenses, it’s important to know the difference between all the available contact lenses. Soft contact lenses are made of soft, flexible plastics that allow oxygen to pass through to your cornea. The newer, soft lens materials include silicone-hydrogels that provide more oxygen to your eye while you wear your lenses. Rigid gas permeable contact lenses (RGPs) are more durable and resistant to deposit buildup, and usually give a crisper, clearer vision. RGP’s tend to be less costly over the life of the lens since they last longer than soft contact lenses. Extended wear contact lenses are available for overnight, or continuous, wear ranging from one to six nights or up to 30 days. These extended wear lenses are usually soft contact lenses made of flexible plastics that allow oxygen to pass through to the cornea.
The length of continuous wear depends on the lens type and the contact lens exam done, which will show your tolerance for overnight wear. It’s important for the eyes to have a rest without lenses for at least one night following each scheduled removal. Disposable lenses mean “used once and discarded”. Traditional contact lenses correct vision in the same way that glasses do, except that they are in contact with your eye. Our Jackson Heights optometrist is patient-focused and uses the latest computerized exams to give you accurate results and the most personalized care.