Astigmatism: Contact lenses to correct for astigmatism are available in both Soft and Gas Permeable designs. We have been very successful helping patients with large amounts of astigmatism wear contact lenses successfully. In addition, Hybrid or Scleral lenses (see below) can help patients with extreme amounts of astigmatism see clearly.
Hybrid Contact Lenses: Hybrid lenses combine the vision advantages of a gas permeable lens with the comfort advantage of a soft lens. The gas permeable portion of the lens is in the center and is bonded to a soft lens material surround. This covers the edge of the gas perm portion and the lid just slides over the surface of the lens rather than impacting the edge and causing discomfort. Hybrid lenses are available in multi-focal designs to help mature patients who need bifocal glasses.
Scleral Contact Lenses: Scleral Contacts are made of a rigid material but are far larger than tradition rigid lenses. The Scleral lens design vaults over the cornea and actually rests on the white part of the eye, the sclera, which is just beyond the edge of the cornea. These lenses are comfortable and are usually used for patients who have an eye disease like keratoconus, have very large amounts of astigmatism, or another reason a regular contact lens option will not work. We have available fitting sets of two of the most successful Scleral Lens designs if you need this type of lens we can help you.
Keratoconus Lenses: Keratoconus is a disease where the cornea becomes thin and the fluid pressure within the eye pushes outward. This causes the thinned cornea to bulge out creating a cone-shaped contour. In severe cases glasses won’t correct the vision well. Keratoconus is measured, diagnosed, and tracked utilizing our corneal topography instrument. Lens designs for correcting Keratoconus are available in Gas Perm designs, Hybrid Designs, and Scleral Lens Designs. If you have keratoconus come in and let us find your best solution for seeing clearly.