Contact lenses are one of the most common methods of vision correction. They are invisible, available in a number of different prescriptions and varieties, and can be worn by most people. Here at Urias Eyecare, our optometrist in Midland can help fit you for contact lenses.
Types of Contact Lenses
Contact lenses can be broken down into several groups. Most fundamentally, there are 'hard' and 'soft' lenses. Hard lenses, the modern version of which are called rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, retain their shape in the eye and are a better choice for some conditions because of this. Soft lenses conform to the eye and are more comfortable to wear, but they cannot correct as many vision issues.
As well as the general material the contacts are made out of, there are a variety of choices for length of wear, special eye conditions, and patient comfort:
- Extended wear contacts
- Daily disposables
- Toric lenses for correcting astigmatism
- Lenses with appropriate water content for people with dry eye
- Scleral lenses, which are large RGP lenses, for correcting keratoconus
- Bifocal or multifocal lenses for people with both near and distance vision issues
- Hybrid contacts with hard centers and soft edges for people who cannot tolerate RGP lenses
Your Contact Lens Fitting
During your contact lens exam, our optometrist in Midland will examine your eyes and measure the curvature of your cornea. Before we can prescribe contacts, though, we need to ensure that your eyes are healthy. This involves procedures that you are probably familiar with, such as dilating your eyes with drops and looking at your eyes through a microscope.
Once your eyes are checked for health problems, our optometrist will check the refractive error of your eyes. This is the measurement of how nearsighted, farsighted, or astigmatic you are. It determines your contact lens prescription. Then, we will use a process called corneal topography to measure the shape of your eye.
There are a variety of contact lenses on the market today, so our optometrist will also help you choose the right ones for both your eyes and your lifestyle.
Visit Urias Eyecare in Midland Today!
Whether you wear contacts but need a new prescription, or have never worn them in your life and are wondering about starting, we can help. Our optometrist in Midland can provide a contact lens exam and a new prescription on the same day, letting you start wearing your lenses as soon as possible. To make an appointment, call Urias Eyecare at (432) 368-4102 today!