Soft disposable contact lenses are continuing to improve, with new products being released every year. Ask us about new lenses that enable patients to wear contact lenses for more hours of the day with minimal dryness, as we strive to provide our patients with the latest lens technology.
However, in some eyes soft contact lenses are not the best solution, and one of the following options needs to be explored:
Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Contact Lenses:
These small hard contact lenses are ideal for the patient who can never seem to get clear vision out of soft contact lenses due to a high prescription, particularly with a lot of astigmatism. These fully customizable lenses offer some of the best optics overall and are also great for patients who are tired of putting reading glasses on and off.
Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) Contact Lenses:
Primarily used in pediatric patients as young as 5 year old in Myopia Control, think of these contacts as retainers for the cornea. CRT lenses are only worn at night, where they reshape the cornea before being removed upon waking up in the morning. This provides the patient with clear vision for the entire next day without having to wear contacts or glasses! Upon going to bed, the patient (or parents of the patient) puts the contact back in, repeating the process for the next day. These lenses are ideal for patients who work in very dusty environments as well.
Hybrid Contact Lenses:
If you have tried hard contact lenses but unable to achieve good comfort throughout the day, then these contact lenses are for you. The center of the hybrid contact lenses are comparable to RGP lenses in clarity for patients with high prescriptions, but have a soft lens skirt to greatly improve comfort. Hybrid contact lenses are also available in multifocal options, allowing patients of age to ditch the reading glasses.
Scleral Contact Lenses:
Some patients have been told in the past that they will never be able to achieve clear vision with glasses or contact lenses due to the shape of their corneas. Peak Eyecare has technology that can provide a highly detailed topographic map of the cornea, and if it looks like the San Juans with many peaks and valleys, no pair of glasses will ever provide good vision. Many of these patients have had prior surgery on their cornea, or irregularly shaped corneas from keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, or other diseases. If this is the case, the best option for clear vision is a scleral contact lens. The bowl of this large hard lens is filled with saline solution before being applied to the eye, and smooth edges of the lens rests solely on the sclera, which is the white part of the eye. The lens completely vaults over all of the irregularities of the cornea, masking the peaks and valleys and providing much clearer vision than glasses ever could for these patients. There have been numerous patients that were unable to pass the DMV vision test in glasses and were on the verge of losing their license that Dr. Capaccioli was able to successfully fit in scleral lenses, restoring their vision and enabling them to drive safely and keep their independence. Finally, scleral lenses can also be used in patients with severe dryness, as the eye is constantly bathed in a gentle solution throughout the day.
Dr. Capaccioli and the entire staff at Peak Eyecare love working with hard to fit contact lens patients, as the best part of our job is to share the joy with our patients when we are able to improve their vision beyond what they ever thought possible. We can’t wait to help!