The Best Prescription Contact Lenses For Your Eyes

Woman putting in contactsYour Vision Source Eye Care professional carries a broad range of prescription contact lenses to ensure our patients benefit form the possible fit and highest level of comfort.  When fitting contact lenses, you long term eye health is also a major consideration so proper care is essential when wearing contacts.  Today, most eye care professionals will recommend daily contacts as they are best for your eye health. Since Vision Source practices are independently owned and operated, you may find any one of these major contact lens brands:

  • Alcon Optix & AquaComfort Plus dailies
  • Fresh Day Contact Lenses
  • Johnson & Johnson Acuvue
  • Bausch & Lomb Pure Vision
  • CooperVision Proclear and Biofinity

Type of Contact Lenses and What is Best For You

If you are already wearing prescription contacts or if you are considering contacts, your Vision Source eye care professional can help you make the proper selection. Keep in mind that contact lenses are medical devices and that you must be examined by an eye care professional to determine the contacts that are best for you and to ensure a proper prescription and fit. Below are the types of contact lenses and advantages and disadvantages as outlines by the American Optical Association (AOA).

Lens Type

Advantages

Disadvantages

Rigid gas-permdable (RGP) Slightly flexible plastic that allows oxygen to pass through to the eyes.

Excellent vision and comfortable to wear. Corrects most vision problems. and easy to care for.  Durable with a relatively long life. Available in tints and bifocals.

Requires regular wear to maintain adaptation. Can slip off center of eye more easily than other types. Debris can get under the lenses. Requires follow up care.

Daily-wear soft lenses Soft, flexible plastic that allows oxygen to pass through to the eyes.

Very short adaptation period… more comfortable and more difficult to dislodge than RGP lenses… available in tints and bifocals… great for active lifestyles.

Do not correct all vision problems… vision may not be as sharp as with RGP lenses… require regular office visits for follow-up care… lenses soil easily and must be replaced.

Extended-wear Available for overnight wear in soft or RGP lenses.

Can usually be worn up to seven days without removal.

Do not correct all vision problems… require regular office visits for follow-up care… increases risk of complication… requires regular monitoring and professional care.

Extended-wear disposable Soft lenses worn from one to six days and then discarded.

Require little or no cleaning… minimal risk of eye infection if wearing instructions are followed… available in tints and bifocals… spare lenses available.

Vision may not be as sharp as RGP lenses… do not correct all vision problems… handling may be more difficult.

Planned replacement Soft daily wear bi-weekly, monthly or quarterly lenses.

Require simplified cleaning and disinfection… good for eye health… available in most prescriptions.

Vision may not be as sharp as RGP lenses… do not correct all vision problems… handling may be more difficult.