At Fusion Eye Care, we offer a wide range of specialty contact lens services. Dr. Bassiri has been designing specialty lenses for his patients for years now and takes great pride in his work. Some of the types of specialty lenses we make may include complicated prescription soft contacts and gas permeable lenses. We often make these for patients who have special conditions such as eye diseases, those who have had eye surgery, and those that have other kinds of conditions that prevent them from being able to wear soft contact lenses but can often be comfortably fitted with gas permeable lenses.
It takes more time and expertise to design a set of contact lenses to treat some of those types of conditions and it takes longer to make and fit them correctly. If you have one of these specialty conditions, it means you will need to come into our Raleigh optometry office several times to get the lenses just right. The types of lenses that are required for these situations are of course higher priced than just regular soft contacts. This means that the fees overall are also higher. Call The Office For Additional Details.
If you have a condition called astigmatism it means that your eyes are more egg-shaped than round and this could mean you need contacts that are specially designed. Toric contacts come in both rigid gas permeable and soft lenses. The majority of patients who want or need toric contacts go with the soft toric lenses.
Bifocal And Multifocal Lenses
These types of lenses are designed to help those that are presbyopic. This usually happens after a person is over the age of 40 and they begin losing their ability to focus up close. A sign of this happening is when you hold something as far away from your face as possible when trying to read. When lenses are multifocal they give the user the ability to see optimally at different distances.
These types of lenses come in both gas permeable materials and soft lenses. It is fortunate that there are now a number of designs when choosing bifocal or multifocal contacts. When you come in for an eye exam the doctor can help you decide if these types of lenses are best for you.
These lenses are larger in diameter allowing them to cover the entire surface of the corneal and they rest on the white part of the eye. These are used for those who have certain eye diseases or have had surgery and need this type of lens. Some of the conditions that this type of contact lens is used for include corneal ectasias, dry eye, Sjogren’s Syndrome, and post LASIK surgery.
Rigid Gas Permeable Contacts
RGP contact lenses are hard and made of durable plastic that is able to transmit oxygen. Other names used for this type of contact lens include rigid gas permeable, and oxygen permeable lenses. These lenses are able to transparent more oxygen than other types of lenses which helps the eyes. They will usually help patients to have better vision and these types of lenses are highly durable and they resist deposits. They will usually last one or two years because of their durability which makes them last longer than ordinary soft contacts.
Most soft contacts contain water but these do not and this means that lipids and protein don’t adhere to the lenses as much. These types of lenses can be used for almost all types of prescriptions but are most commonly used for those with irregular or high prescriptions and those that have irregularly shaped corneas or eye disease.
Keratoconus is a fairly uncommon condition of the eye that causes the cornea to become thinner and makes it bulge forward. One of the common treatment options for this is gas permeable contacts for those that have mild or moderate levels of this condition. Because these lenses are rigid they can better help keep the shape of the cornea and stop it from bulging. They also correct the vision in ways that eyeglasses or other types of contacts cannot.
There are some situations where regular soft contacts would be worn under the GP lens to increase the comfort of these contacts. This is often called piggybacking. In other situations, a hybrid lens is used that has the GP features in the center and the outside of the lens is traditional soft contacts.
To learn more about the specialty contact lenses we provide, please call us today at (919) 977-7480. Dr. Bassiri and the Fusion Eye Care team look forward to ensuring you get the specialty contact lenses you need.