Types of Contact Lenses

There are several different types of contact lenses. Whether you are currently wearing contact lenses or are interested in trying them for the first time, Elmquist Eye Group in Cape Coral and Fort Myers can help you decide which ones are right for you!

Types of Contact LensesE. Trevor Elmquist, DO, his partner, Kate Wagner, OD, and his associates Nina Burt, OD and Sarah Eccles-Brown, MD, provide a wide variety of eye care services, from routine eye exams for corrective lenses to bladeless laser-assisted cataract surgery, LASIK laser vision correction, and glaucoma laser surgery.

Dr. Elmquist and Dr. Brown are board certified ophthalmologists and fellows of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Wagner and Dr. Burt are board certified optometrists.

Full-Service Optical Boutique

Elmquist Eye group offers the latest in contact lens technology in our full-service optical boutique.

Contact lenses can be hard, soft or somewhere in between. They are an excellent choice for individuals who need vision correction but do not want to wear eyeglasses full time or undergo LASIK surgery.

Elmquist Eye Group provides a wide selection of contact lens options, such as those described below, and will help you make the best choice based on the health and shape of your eyes, the type of correction you need, your tear production, and your lifestyle.

Soft Contact Lenses

Today, most contact lens wearers choose soft lenses. They are made of soft plastic polymers and water, and allow oxygen to pass through the lens to your cornea. They are generally very comfortable and are available in many different prescriptions and designs.

Disposable Contact Lenses

Disposable contact lenses are soft lenses designed to be removed nightly and replaced daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. They are available in most prescriptions. They are convenient and sometimes recommended for people with allergies and those who tend to form protein deposits on their lenses.

Extended Wear Contact Lenses

Extended wear contact lenses are soft or RGP lenses that can be comfortably worn both night and day for as long 30 days. Sleeping in them, however, may increase the risk of developing infections, corneal ulcers and abnormal blood vessel growth in the cornea. Disposable extended-wear lenses can be worn for one to six days and then discarded.

Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Lenses

These are the most commonly prescribed type of rigid lenses. Made of pliable silicone, they are designed to let oxygen pass through to the cornea. RGP lenses can correct most vision problems, including substantial astigmatism, and can offer sharper vision than soft contacts. They are available in numerous bi-focal and multi-focal designs.

Monovision, Bifocal & Multifocal Contact Lenses

Monovision lenses correct one eye for distance and the other eye for near or reading vision. Bifocal and multifocal lenses have more than one power to allow an individual to have clear vision, near and far. They are available in both soft lens and RGP designs. Both of these lens types may take longer for the patient to adapt to them.

Toric Contact Lenses

These lenses are designed to correct for astigmatism, and are available in both soft and RGP designs. They have cylindrical lenses that rely on gravity and lid interaction to rotate to the right angle and center correctly on the eye.

The specialists at Elmquist Eye Group know everything about the different types of contact lenses.  No matter what type of lens you may need, we have the skills, knowledge and experience to solve your vision problem. Call us at (239) 936-2020 to find out more about our services.