Make The Switch to Contact Lenses

Are you tired of losing your eyeglasses? Scratching the lenses or breaking the frames? Tired of glare from the sun or seeing the frame in your peripheral vision? There are a variety of advantages that contact lenses have over traditional eyeglasses, so if you’re interested in trying something new, Spectrum Eye Care in Colorado Springs can help! A contact lens fitting is a separate portion of your eye exam, which will include additional time for measurements, prescribing, training, and verification. A glasses prescription will be included with your contact lens examination.  


Spectrum Eye Care Offers a Variety of Contact Lens Options

If you’re getting contact lenses for the first time, there are a few things you will want to know and consider. To ensure that your appointment is as smooth as possible, here is some basic information about the different types of contact lenses that you can choose from.

  • Soft Lenses: If comfort is a concern, soft lenses may be a great choice. They are made with a gel-like plastic that contains water. They are thin, pliable, and are able to conform to the surface of your eye. 
  • Silicone Hydrogel Lenses: A popular type of soft lens, silicone hydrogel lenses are more porous, allowing more oxygen to reach the eye, which helps maintain eye health and improve comfort. 
  • Gas Permeable Lenses: These are rigid contact lenses, but they do allow oxygen to reach the eye. If you have astigmatism, they may provide sharper vision than soft or silicone hydrogel lenses.
  • Hybrid Contact Lenses: A combination of the above types, hybrid lenses offer comfort as well as sharp vision. However, they may be more difficult to adjust to and are one of the more expensive options.
  • Spherical Contacts: These lenses are spherical and are designed to treat myopia, hyperopia, and presbyopia.
  • Toric-Astigmatism Contacts: These lenses create different refractive, or focusing powers, which make them a great option for people with astigmatism.
  • Bifocal-Multifocal Contacts: These lenses are designed to help correct presbyopia by providing clear vision for both distant and close-up viewing. 
  • PMMA Lenses: A type of rigid plastic material, these lenses do not allow oxygen to pass through to the eye and can be fairly difficult to grow accustomed to. However, due to technological advances, not many optometrists offer this type anymore.
  • Contacts For Dry Eyes: If you suffer from dry eye, we may have a special kind of lens designed just for this issue. Dry, irritated eyes are a common problem with the Colorado climate, so just let us know if this is a concern for you.
  • Custom Lenses: Depending on your vision and the shape of your eye, custom lenses may be a solution when the above options aren’t providing what you need. After an eye exam, we can discuss your unique needs.

Even though there are several benefits to contact lenses, there is still a level of care that needs to be met in order to protect your vision. Contact lenses need to be replaced regularly, kept clean, and stored in a certain way. There are several popular brands to choose from as well, including Optix, FreshLook, Acuvue, and CooperVision. During your exam, we’ll make sure to discuss your vision and budget needs to ensure that you get a product that fits your lifestyle.

When you visit Spectrum Eye Care, we’ll go over all of these details with you before you purchase contact lenses so you understand the responsibilities. Schedule an eye exam and contact lens fitting with Spectrum Eye Care today!