Multifocal contact lenses are lenses that allow you to see well at all distances(multiple distances). They work well for most people and the goal is to allow you to see 85-90% of what you need to see. There are now multifocal lenses that can correct astigmatism and a good daily disposable option. There are soft and gas permeable multifocal options. Photo courtesy of Alcon showing their Air Optix Multifocal lens.
Toric contact lenses are used in people who have astigmatism. Astigmatism is where the front of your eye is essentially shaped more like the side of a football with two different curvatures, one steeper and one flatter. This causes significant distortion in the vision. Luckily we have great contact lens options which has improved dramatically over the last several years.
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Orthokeratology is a contact lens option for people with a low to moderate near sighted prescription. With this modality a rigid gas permeable contact lens is worn only at night while asleep. Once you wake up in the morning the lenses are removed and your vision is corrected. Dr. Ballard is certified to fit these lenses and actually has worn these lenses for over 3 years.
Monovision contact lenses are another option for people who have difficulty seeing at near. In the dominant eye you put a contact lens set for distance and in the non-dominant eye you put a contact lens set for near. Not everyone can wear multifocal lenses so this can allow good vision at distance and near as well.
Not caring for your contact lenses properly can lead to a variety of eye infections, including some that cause blindness.Actually, contact lens care is easier than ever. One-bottle care systems and disposable contact lenses mean that proper lens care involves much less time, expense, and trouble than it did years ago.
Gas permeable contact lenses are different from soft contact lenses because they are rigid and hold their shape. They usually require a longer period of adaptation but after that work great to correct vision. The insertion and removal of the lenses is different as well. Please follow the link below to a video provided by contactlenses.org on care of gas permeable contact lenses.