Clear & Comfortable Vision with Contacts, in Flagstaff, AZ
Everyone has their own reason for preferring contact lenses. Some people – especially those with an active lifestyle – love the convenience of being able to see sharp without bulky eyewear slipping down their nose. Others appreciate the way contact lenses provide acute peripheral vision and a crisp, unhindered view of the world. Contacts also allow your natural beauty to show, with no accessories on your face.
Modern technology and engineering has led to the development of new contact lens materials and types. Gone are the days when people were told they couldn’t wear contacts. Nowadays, there is a contact lens out there for almost every vision condition! We stock an extensive range of premium contacts in our Flagstaff, AZ, eye care clinic, with many types of soft contact lenses and rigid gas permeable lenses. If you have a current prescription, we’ll be pleased to replenish your supply with the lens you need. If you’re just starting out with contacts or you need to update your vision prescription, contact us to schedule a contact lens eye exam today!
Contact Lens Eye Exam
Our eye doctor is qualified and experienced in performing thorough contact lens eye exams and fittings. We will use cutting-edge optometric technology to measure your vision and your eyes precisely.
In addition to ensuring you have the ideal size and power of contact lenses, we will evaluate your ocular health. Some pre-existing eye conditions, such as keratoconus and dry eye, require a specific type of lens for clear and comfortable vision. We equip our Flagstaff, AZ, office with all the diagnostics and devices necessary to determine the ideal contact lens for your eyes!
A trial process may be necessary to identify the most appropriate lenses. Our team will teach you proper insertion techniques, as well as the recommended care and hygiene to promote healthy eyes. We won’t send you home with your new lenses until we’re confident that they provide the best fit and optimal vision!
Intro to the Types of Contacts
Each particular type of contact lens has a unique set of characteristics, features, pros and cons. Learn the basic differences between soft lenses and rigid gas permeable lenses, as well as the wide array of specialty contacts available.
Soft Contact Lenses
Soft lenses are the most popular type on the market. Generally, they are comfortable within moments after you first insert them. Made from a flexible material, they will conform smoothly to the shape of your eye. We sell many soft contact lenses Flagstaff, AZ, from all the top brand-name manufacturers.
The wearing schedule of soft lenses varies – there are daily disposables, daily wear lenses, weekly, monthly, and extended wear versions. People with a variety of vision prescriptions, including farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia can benefit from the supreme comfort and vision quality of soft contact lenses.
Rigid Gas Permeable Contacts (GP)
Hard lenses excel at providing acute vision for many complex vision conditions. In addition, they have a high oxygen permeability, which reduces your risk of eye infections. The adaptation period until rigid gas permeable lenses are comfortable is typically much longer than with soft lenses, yet they are comfortable once you get used to them. With proper care, these durable contacts can last a long while – up to a few years.
Specialty Contact Lenses Come in Soft & Rigid Gas Permeable Types
Many of our patients have a more challenging vision condition, such as keratoconus, dry eyes, astigmatism, or presbyopia, that requires specialty contact lenses. Depending upon the results of your contact lens exam, our Flagstaff eye doctor may prescribe toric lenses, multifocal contacts, hybrid lenses, or scleral contacts. If you’ve always dreamed of a new eye color, ask us about cosmetic tinted lenses!
Follow-up with Your Flagstaff Eye Doctor
Follow-up exams are essential. Eyes and vision can change, and therefore a change in the type or fit of your lenses may be necessary. We will assess the health of your eyes and the condition of your lenses. Contact us to reserve your contact lens eye exam, or stop by anytime to purchase more lenses!
Specialty Contact Lenses:
- Gas Permeable (GP) Contact Lenses
These rigid lenses aren’t as popular or well-known as soft lenses, but they offer the advantages of durability, crisp vision and high oxygen permeability.
- Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses
If you need correction for presbyopia but dislike the idea of bifocal eyeglasses, you have many contact lens options.
- Contact Lenses for the "Hard-to-Fit" Patient
Challenges such as astigmatism, presbyopia, keratoconus and dry eyes needn’t be a barrier to contact lens wear, but they do require more time and patience.
- Toric Contact Lenses for Astigmatism
“I can’t wear soft contacts; I have astigmatism.” This once-true statement is now simply a myth.