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Specialty Contact Lenses for Specific Needs: Astigmatism, Presbyopia, and More

Specialty Contact Lenses for Specific Needs: Astigmatism, Presbyopia, and More

Specialty Contact Lenses for Specific Needs: Astigmatism, Presbyopia, and More

Specialty Contact Lenses for Specific Needs: Astigmatism, Presbyopia, and More

Most consider contact lenses unsuitable for people with vision problems or advanced eye conditions. The idea of achieving clear vision without eyeglasses is a dream to many. Now, they can make it a reality. For that, they can thank the innovators for coming up with advanced lenses, specialty contact lenses, that can fit various needs.

Specialty Contact Lenses


Specialty lenses are for patients who cannot otherwise get vision correction results and comfort. They desire conventional lenses, but certain health conditions make it difficult to achieve.

Every individual's eye shape is different. Contact lenses must be designed to suit the shape for the best results. Specialty lenses can be custom-designed for the individual's unique cornea shape. They help to support the desired treatment outcomes.

When Specialty Contacts Are Necessary


Many patients can benefit from specialty contacts. These lenses are for patients whose eyes cannot support regular soft lenses. Conditions treated with the lenses include:

  • Progressive myopia.

  • Astigmatism.

  • Keratoconus.

  • Irregular corneas.

  • Dry eyes.

  • Corneal scars.

Years ago, people with these conditions were deemed not ideal contact lens wearers. These days, contact lenses are available for people with hard-to-fit eyes.

Types of Specialty Contact Lenses


There are various types of specialty contact lenses. The common types include the following:

  • Scleral lenses.

  • Rigid gas-permeable (RGP) lenses.

  • Orthokeratology lenses.

  • Toric lenses.

  • Multifocal lenses.

  • Myopia control lenses.

  • Prosthetic contact lenses.

In the past, people with astigmatism or presbyopia could only wear eyeglasses. Astigmatism is a condition characterized by an irregular cornea. This condition causes distorted or blurry vision. Presbyopia is age-related farsightedness that affects many people over the age of 45. Multifocal contacts available as soft or rigid lenses treat astigmatism and presbyopia.

Benefits of Specialty Contacts


Specialty contact lenses work with the patient's cornea shape and eye condition. They are ideal because they provide safe and comfortable wear. They help correct vision while correcting conditions such as astigmatism.

They are more comfortable and functional than regular contacts. What is more, they do not aggravate symptoms of eye conditions. These lenses accommodate corneal irregularities that make it difficult to wear regular contacts.

Talk to your optometrist at one of our Patel Vision Group locations about specialty lenses. You can get customized lenses that fit, regardless of your eye shape. A contact lens exam will help determine the type of lens that provides the best function and comfort.

For more on specialty contact lenses, contact Patel Vision Group at one of our offices in Visalia, Fair Oaks, Fresno, Redding, Roseville, Sacramento, Monterey, and Salinas, California at (559) 739-8550, (916) 966-4700, (559) 229-7955, (530) 221-6557, (916) 788-2960, (916) 629-8033, (831) 375-7755, or (831) 443-5250 to schedule an appointment today.

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