Contact lens technology is changing rapidly, demonstrating significant improvements to vision, comfort and availability for higher prescriptions. The fastest moving sector of contact lens technology has been in the field of daily disposable lenses. This lens modality has alleviated most of the concerns associated with contact lens wear. Since the lenses are worn only for a single day, they no longer build up deposits that can lead to end of month discomfort and significantly reduce the sensation of dry eye. Daily disposable contact lenses also reduce the possibility of corneal infection, making it the healthiest wearing schedule.
Contact lenses that correct astigmatism are now widely available in monthly, biweekly, and now in daily varieties. Where hard contact lenses were previously better suited to correct astigmatism, for most prescriptions we can now fit daily disposable lenses for increased comfort without sacrificing vision. Although some complex prescriptions still require hard contact lenses for optimal correction the availability of custom soft lenses has improved dramatically in recent years.
Multifocal contact lenses are slowly increasing in popularity as an alternative to monovision correction which optimizes one eye for distance and the other eye for near. Multifocal lenses allow both eyes to simultaneously view distance and near objects, and increase binocularity, or the ability of the eyes to work together in tandem, which subsequently improves depth perception and overall comfort in a wide variety of viewing environments. Multifocal contact lenses have recently been introduced a daily option for low reading powers.
Now that contact lenses are now an option for almost any prescription and improvements in lens material have increased comfort and breathability, almost anybody can successfully be fit into contact lenses. Daily disposable lenses have made it feasible to wear lenses just for weekends, evening outing or playing sports. No more cleaning and storing lenses, just use them when you need them. Ask us about which options would work best for your lifestyle at your next appointment at For Your Eyes Only Optometric Center.