Most people are able to wear contact lenses. Contacts can correct visual difficulties due to presbyopia, myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism and to also target specific eye problems like dry eyes and eye diseases like keratoconus. With newer technology, contact lenses are now more comfortable than ever. At John O’Connor Optometrist we are focused on getting you the best comfort and vision.
What are the best contact lenses for me?
There are a number of options available. See which ones you think may suit you best and then discuss your choices with your vision specialist at John O’Connor Optometrists. We sell most of the international brands of contact lenses including Johnson & Johnson, Bausch & Lomb, Ciba and Cooper Vision. If you are interested in wearing contact lenses, let our optometrist know and we can recommend the best type of lens for your unique visual requirements.
Soft Contact Lenses
Soft contact lenses are made of soft, flexible plastics that allow oxygen to pass through to the cornea. Extended wear lenses, and most brands of disposable lenses, contain silicone hydrogel which makes the lenses more breathable and therefore healthier for the eyes. These contact lenses allow more oxygen through to the eye, reducing the appearance of red eye. This was an issue in the older lenses that did not contain silicone hydrogel.
For some users, soft contact lenses may be easier to adjust to and more comfortable than rigid gas permeable lenses. Soft contact lenses come in a variety of types.
Our Auckland optometrists prescribe disposable lenses that vary in the length of time they can be worn: 1 day daily disposables which you don’t need to clean but just remove and dispose at the end of the day, fortnightly disposables which are removed at the end of each day and need to be cleaned and disinfected then disposed after 2 weeks and monthly disposables which have to be removed and cleaned after wearing and then disposed of after 1 month.
Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Contact Lenses
Rigid gas permeable contact lenses (RGPs) are more durable and resistant to deposit build up. They are easier to handle and less likely to tear. They tend to be less expensive since they last longer than soft contact lenses. Initially, however, some users do not find they are not as comfortable as soft contact lenses and it may take a few weeks to get used to wearing RGPs.
Rigid gas permeable lenses often provide the sharpest vision for astigmatism and for high prescriptions.
Multifocal contact lenses
As we get older, the lens in the eye loses its focussing abilities and we become presbyopic and need reading glasses. There are now multi-focal contact lenses with different focussing areas on the lenses to provide clear vision in the distance and up close. Multifocal contact lenses are available in soft contact lenses and rigid gas permeable lenses. Please ask your John O’Connor optometrist for more information.
Orthokeratology lenses or ortho-k lenses can correct your vision while you sleep and allow you to see well without glasses or contacts during the day. Ortho-k lenses are also prescribed for myopia control (to reduce the rate of myopia progression) in children. Read on for more information on orthokeratology.
Contact Lens Subsidy
You may be eligible for government funding for your contact lenses if you meet certain criteria such as high myopia or hyperopia or have an eye condition such as keratoconus. Our Auckland optometrists will be able to advise if you qualify.
When you book your eye test, make sure you tell your optometrist about any work or leisure visual requirements you have. We can then recommend the most appropriate lenses to suit you.
Contact Lens Solutions
John O’Connor optometrists stock a range of eye drops and contact lens solutions for soft lenses, rigid gas permeable lenses and orthokeratology lenses. The brands include Boston, Menicon, Aosept, Biotrue, Eyeye, Celluvisc,Theratears, Sterilid, Optimel, Bausch & Lomb and others. Your optometrist will be able to advise on which solutions or eye drops are most suitable for you.
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