A contact lens is a thin, curved lens placed on the film of tears that covers the surface of your eye. The lens itself is naturally clear, but is often given the slightest tinge of color to make them easier for wearers to handle. Today’s contact lenses are either hard or soft. Most people wear the latter form now, but it wasn’t too long ago that contact lenses were even glass blown!
Contact lenses are an excellent option for nearly anyone who needs vision correction and doesn’t want to wear eyeglasses full time or undergo LASIK surgery.
The first choice when considering contact lenses is which lens material will best satisfy your needs. There are five types of contact lenses, based on the type of lens material they are made of:
Soft lenses — are made from gel-like, water-containing plastics called hydrogels. These lenses are very thin and pliable and conform to the front surface of the eye. Soft contact lenses are a great option for patients with normal corneas. However, in patients with irregular corneas, specialty contact lenses may be necessary to maximize vision and ocular health. These include gas permeable, hybrid, and scleral lenses. Using the most up-to-date imaging and lens technologies, Atlantic Eye custom tailors every specialty lens for each individual eye to ensure the perfect fit and prescription.