Medical Uses of Contact Lenses

 

Author: Christine B. Wisecarver, O.D., See Clearly Vision

As Contact Lens Specialists, we are often asked to fit our patients with contact lenses beyond the basic disposable contact lenses for distance vision. Intermediate and near vision have become a tremendous priority for contact lens patients over the age of 40. Monovision correction (one eye is corrected for distance and the other eye is corrected for near, and multifocal lenses are available with an increase in demand.

In addition to the customary contact lenses, we are also called upon to fit irregular or diseased corneas. Patients with keratoconus (a thinning and protrusion of the cornea), corneal dystrophies, those who have had a cornea transplant, and patients with excessively high amounts of nearsightedness are enjoying the comfort and vision provided by rigid scleral prosthetic lenses. Scleral lenses create a smooth, rounded optical surface that drastically improves vision through the otherwise distorted surface.

For patients with traumatic injuries, we are able to create custom soft prosthetic lenses that can match the iris color of the patient’s fellow eye. These lenses may also help improve the cosmesis and comfort in a non-seeing eye.

If you are having trouble with the fit or vision of your current contact lenses, please schedule an appointment with one of our Contact Lens Specialists to discuss options that may be available for your unique circumstances.

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