Many people prefer to wear contact lenses over standard eyeglasses to correct their vision. You might enjoy the freedom to wear non-prescription sunglasses and goggles while still having crystal clear vision. You may be one of those people who is tired of always misplacing their glasses. Or, you may just enjoy the opportunity to showcase your beautiful eyes with a glasses-free look.
What you might not realize is that if you have a high prescription or an astigmatism, then contact lenses may provide better vision correction than glasses in some cases. You can even get bifocal contact lenses instead of bifocal glasses.
We offer a variety of contact lens types so you’ll find the perfect match for your vision and your lifestyle needs right here in Owasso. A thorough eye exam will help us present the options that will best suit your situation. It’s important that you have an annual eye exam while wearing contacts to ensure continued good eye health.
Types of Contact Lens Materials:
Soft Contact Lenses. Soft contact lenses are made from gel-like plastics called hydrogels. They are very thin and conform to the front surface of your eye. Soft contact lenses are immediately comfortable for most people to wear as well as to insert and remove. They are disposable and are replaced monthly, because they fit closer to the eye and are less likely to be dislodged. They can provide correction for most prescriptions including astigmatism.
Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lenses. Silicone hydrogel contact lenses are an advanced type of soft contacts that allow even more oxygen to reach the cornea than regular soft contact lenses. They are currently the most popular type of contact lenses in the United States.
Gas-Permeable Contact Lenses. Gas-permeable contact lenses are rigid contact lenses that are porous enough to allow oxygen to pass through them. The advantages of gas-permeable contact lenses include being more durable and easier to handle than soft lenses and they can also offer sharper vision due to the rigid nature of the lenses. But they can require a longer adaptation period and they require consistent wear in order to maintain eye adaptation.
Contacts with Special Features:
Multifocal Contact Lenses. Multifocal contact lenses correct for both near and distance vision just like bifocal glasses. They are advanced soft lenses and can also correct astigmatism.
Colored Contact Lenses. You can enhance your own natural eye color or even change it completely with colored contact lenses. Colored contact lenses are fun and come in a variety of colors for both light and dark eyes. So whether you want to make your green eyes even more striking, your blue eyes even bluer, or change completely from brown eyes to blue, colored contact lenses can help you accomplish the look.
Contacts for dry eyes. If you struggle with uncomfortably dry eyes when wearing contacts, you may be a good candidate for specially designed contact lenses that reduce the risk of contact-related dry eye symptoms.