If you need corrective lenses and want to eliminate glasses, you may choose contact lenses to help you see more clearly. At Dr. Steven Lutz & Associates in Ann Arbor, MI, we provide eye exams to help determine which contact lenses would be best suited for your condition. Before visiting us, learn more about the various types of contact lenses below:request an appointment
What are Contact Lenses?
Contacts are a type of corrective lenses that help correct conditions like nearsightedness and farsightedness. The lenses are designed comfortably fit over the cornea of your eye.
Eye Exam for Contacts
If you are considering contact lenses, it is first important to receive a comprehensive vision exam. The exam helps our optometrist learn more about your vision, overall eye health, and the prescription that you will need. We will also discuss your medical history, lifestyle, and concerns that you may have with you.
Types of Contact Lenses
There are two main types of contact lenses, as well as specialty lenses for certain conditions. The two main types are soft and hard, also known as rigid gas-permeable lenses.
Soft Contact Lenses
Soft contact lenses are made from flexible hydrogel and are the most common type worn. Since these lenses stay in place, they are more comfortable to wear than hard contact lenses. Some soft lenses are tossed at the end of the day, while others can be worn 2 to 4 weeks before being replaced by a new set.
Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses
This type of lens is made from silicone, which allows oxygen to pass through and helps your eyes breathe. Some people achieve clearer vision with this type of contact, as they retain their shape. These lenses are removed and cleaned at night. You will use the same pair of contacts for a few years unless you need a new prescription earlier.
There are several types of specialty contacts you can consider. Bifocal lenses offer two different focuses, such as bifocal glasses, and can be beneficial if you have presbyopia. For those with astigmatism, our optometrist may recommend toric lenses. In addition to treating astigmatism, these contacts can provide clearer vision for those with nearsightedness and farsightedness.
You might also consider colored contacts. Most people choose this type because they want to change or enhance their appearance temporarily. These contacts can be cosmetic or prescription and are tinted, which can change your natural eye color.
Contact us for an Appointment Today
If you are considering contact lenses, our team at Dr. Steven Lutz & Associates in Ann Arbor, MI, is happy to help. We will perform an eye exam and suggest the lenses that will help you achieve a sharper vision. To schedule your appointment, contact us at (734) 769-2909 today.