Which Type of Contact Lenses are Right for You?
Looking to make the switch to contact lenses? We can help. At Kopolow and Girisgen Doctors of Optometry located in Las Vegas, you can find answers to all your contact lens questions.
The first step in finding the right lenses is an evaluation. Our optometrist team will look at things like refractive error (nearsightedness or farsightedness) and astigmatism by measuring how your eyes focus under the influence of different lenses. Next up is a designated contact lens exam, which gathers measurements specific to wearing contacts.
Contact lenses come in several different forms and are offered by many different brands. The main types are the following:
Hard Contact Lenses: While traditional hard contacts are all but obsolete, Rigid Gas-Permeable (RGP or just GP) lenses are not. These lenses are particularly recommended for those with astigmatism, though they can be a little tough to adjust to. They provide sharper focus, and can also be beneficial for those with allergies who tend to get protein deposits on their lenses.
Soft Contact Lenses: Most people prefer soft lenses, largely because they are more comfortable to wear. There are several types of soft contact lenses, namely:
- Daily Wear: Safe to wear all day but must be removed when you sleep. Some of these are designed to be worn only once, while others need to be changed only once or twice a month.
- Extended Wear: These lenses can be worn while you sleep, though there are increased risks--talk to our optometrist to see if this is a safe option for you.
- Toric: These soft contacts are designed to correct astigmatism. While more comfortable, they aren't quite as effective as GP lenses.
- Cosmetic: Colored or decorative contacts are designed purely for cosmetic purposes.
If you live near the Las Vegas area and think you're ready to try contacts for the first time or looking to switch types, Kopolow and Girisgen Doctors of Optometry can answer your questions. Call us or request an appointment today.