Specialty Contact Lenses
Standard contact lenses may not be the best option for everyone. In cases of keratoconus, dry eye, or other conditions in which a person is advised against wearing contact lenses, specialty contact lenses can be a suitable alternative.
What Are Specialty Contact Lenses?
Specialty contact lenses are designed for people who cannot wear standard contacts. Available in several types, they are used for various vision correction needs. An individual’s unique eye health needs will impact the specific type of specialty contact lens they wear.
- Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses
Rigid gas permeable lenses, also known as RGP lenses, are firm, more durable than soft contact lenses, and provide sharper vision correction. When properly cared for, they can last up to one year. A downside to rigid gas lenses is that they can be difficult to adapt to for those new to wearing contact lenses.
- Scleral Contact Lenses
Scleral lenses, another type of rigid gas lens, are generally more comfortable than regular RGP lenses. They are larger and rest on the sclera, hence the name scleral lenses. The sclera is a less sensitive part of the eye than the cornea.
- Prosthetic Contact Lenses
Prosthetic lenses are special contact lenses which cover the cornea if there are irregularities in the coloration of the eye due to birth defects, eye diseases, or trauma. These lenses can improve the appearance of an affected eye and can also block excess light and glare for increased comfort.
Finding the Right Fit with Specialty Contact Lenses
At Accent Vision Care, our team of doctors is experienced in determining what contact lenses are best for you. They also will fit you for your specialty contact lenses to ensure your comfort.
If you are interested in contact lenses, our doctors will perform a contact lens exam. During this exam, they will evaluate a range of metrics and eye health markers, including the size and shape of your cornea, taking into consideration your corrective vision needs and the overall health of your eyes. Upon gathering the information needed, our doctors will offer recommendations on specialty contact lenses that may be right for you, followed by a specialty contact lens fitting to ensure that your contacts rest correctly on your eyes and provide a comfortable fit.
If standard contact lenses are not a suitable option for you, specialty contacts may be a good alternative. Contact our eye care center to schedule an appointment for your specialty contact lens consultation.