Patients choose contact lenses over glasses for many reasons. Some want a glasses-free look or to wear nonprescription sunglasses, but most like the convenience of hassle-free vision correction. In some instances, contacts may even provide better vision correction than glasses.
If you have been considering contact lenses but aren’t sure where to start, or if you don’t know whether contact lenses are right for you, Dunes Eye Consultants can help. As an expert resource for eye care in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, we’re happy to review your options, evaluate possible solutions, and ensure your eye care needs are completely met. Contact us today to schedule a consultation, and let us show you what high-quality eye care looks like.
Drs. Ferguson and O’Neal will recommend the best contacts for your vision needs after a thorough well-vision exam. Our clinical team will review your vision correction needs, as well as your job and lifestyle, to determine the best outcome.
Contacts aren’t a one-size-fits-all process. We work one-on-one with our patients to ensure a perfect, comfortable fit. We are pleased to offer four distinct contact lens options for those in need.
Soft contact lenses are a popular choice and provide all-day comfort. Due to their comfort and close fit to the eye, they are often recommended if you play sports, as they are harder to dislodge. This means they’ll stay securely in your eyes during a variety of activities. Depending on the type of soft contacts you choose during your appointment at our Dakota Dunes, SD location, your lenses will have to be replaced monthly, weekly, or daily. Soft contact lenses can provide correction for most prescriptions, including astigmatism. As technology advances and new materials, like silicone hydrogels, are introduced, soft contacts become even more comfortable to wear, as they allow more oxygen to reach the eye.
Gas-permeable contact lenses are a more durable alternative to soft lenses. They are made from a hard, oxygen-permeable material, allowing oxygen to still reach the eye. Though they are often the less popular option, gas-permeable lenses provide many benefits. The material used in their creation is much more durable and they hold their shape when in use and even when you take them out of your eye. This means you won’t have to worry about tearing or breakage as much as you would with a soft lens. The hard construction of the lenses and their ability to retain shape in your eye also allows for crisper, more precise vision correction.
Multifocal lenses help your eyes focus and see clearly in all directions. They are some of the best contact lenses for aging eyes, as well as for younger individuals who are both near- and far-sighted. If you are over 40, you may have noticed a difference in your ability to see items close to you. Reading menus and the paper may be hard unless you hold the object at arm’s length. This is a natural aging process known as presbyopia where the eyes lose their ability to focus on close objects. If you already have glasses or contacts for another reason, this can create an issue as you now need lenses for help with two different conditions. Multifocal lenses solve this problem because they help the eyes see both near and far, as well as help eyes focus when looking up, down, left, or right. Not to mention, they eliminate the need for reading glasses.
Hydrogel lenses are a type of soft contact lens made from a special material called hydrogel. This type of contact lens was developed to increase the amount of oxygen able to reach the eye when wearing the lenses. Hydrogel has higher oxygen permeability than other materials used in soft lenses, allowing more oxygen through to the eye. They are an excellent option for you if you feel like your standard lenses cause dry, red, or irritated eyes after hours of wear.
Contact lenses are an excellent alternative to wearing glasses and offer patients much-needed flexibility. Whether you want to wear contacts full-time, part-time, or only for workouts and special occasions, they can help give you the freedom glasses cannot. The team at Dunes Eye Consultants is here to help you find the perfect new contact lenses to meet your needs. We offer specialized eye exams and contact lens fittings to ensure your new contacts fit precisely and provide all the features you need. Our contact lens exams include a comprehensive eye exam to check your overall eye health, as well as a general vision prescription and a contact lens consultation. Please reach out to us today to schedule your appointment!
Dunes Eye Consultants is the leading provider of well-vision and vision-medical in the region. As your full-service optical resource, our contact lens consultants can help you make the best choices for clear, precise vision.
To recommend the best contacts for your vision correction needs, an annual well-vision exam is important. Schedule your exam today.