Catonsville Eye Group
Optometrists located in Catonsville, MD
Contact lenses are an excellent option to correct refractive vision errors like nearsightedness and farsightedness. The expert optometrists and opticians at Catonsville Eye Group provide contact lens exams and prescriptions as well as a wide range of brands for you to choose from including Vistakon®, Alcon, Bausch + Lomb, and CooperVision®. If you live in or around Catonsville, Maryland, and need a new contact lens prescription, new contacts, or want to try contact lenses for the first time, call the practice or schedule an appointment online today.
Contact Lenses Q & A
How do contact lenses work?
Contact lenses correct your vision by focusing the light coming into your eye to make up for the weakness or distortion in your natural lens. Contact lenses rest on your tear film and move with your eye to correct your vision in all directions.
If you don’t need corrective lenses, it’s because the light that enters your eye and passes through a natural lens is focused properly onto your retina, where it’s converted into an electrical signal that travels along your optic nerve to your brain. However, if you’re nearsighted or farsighted (myopic or hyperopic), your intraocular lens focuses the light incorrectly, causing blurry vision.
What kinds of contact lenses are available?
The optometrists at Catonsville Eye Group provide a variety of contact lens options to ensure comfort and clear vision for everyone. Depending on the strength of your prescription and vision needs, they may recommend a specific type or brand of lenses.
Soft contact lenses
Soft contact lenses are made of soft plastic and are usually provided as disposable lenses. They’re available in daily, weekly, and monthly varieties to fit your lifestyle and budget.
Gas permeable lenses
Rigid gas permeable lenses (RGP) are made of hard plastic and are slightly smaller in diameter than soft contact lenses. They’re called gas permeable because they allow oxygen to pass through them to reach your eye. RGP lenses are resistant to bacteria and the protein deposits that form on soft lenses. If your prescription doesn’t change and you care for your RGP lenses properly, they can last for a year or longer, providing clear, crisp vision.
Toric lenses are an excellent option if you have astigmatism. The lenses are weighted to help them stay in the correct position on your eye.
Multifocal lenses are the contact lens version of bifocals. Each lens combines two prescriptions and is used when you need different strengths of correction to see far away and close-up. The prescription transitions gradually and prevents the need to wear reading glasses.
What are the benefits of contact lenses?
Many people choose to wear contact lenses because they don’t like the appearance of glasses. Also, contact lenses correct your vision in all directions and often provide more accurate vision correction. They don’t get foggy like glasses and won’t get in the way of physical activities or exercise.
Call Catonsville Eye Group or schedule an appointment today to find out if contact lenses are right for you.