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Contact Lenses

Disposable

  • Depending on the brand, they're disposable daily or on a planned schedule of one to two weeks
  • Disposables are now the most common type of contact lens, because of their convenience and health benefits
  • A thorough evaluation by Dr. Shettle can help determine the best wearing schedule and replacement schedule for you

Extended Wear

  • Extended wear contact lenses can be worn safely overnight, unlike daily wear, or disposable contact lenses, where you must remove the lenses before sleeping
  • Extended wear lenses are FDA approved and can be worn from seven to thirty days, without removal
  • Dr. Shettle will let you know which type of lens is the best to suit your needs.

Silicone Hydrogel

  • Silicone hydrogel lenses are the latest in contact lens technology
  • Allows much more oxygen, than a traditional contact lens, to pass through the lens. This is essential for a healthy cornea
  • Creates a balance of breathability and comfort for all day wear
  • Available in Disposable and Extended Wear

Toric

  • Now people with astigmatism can also enjoy the freedom of contact lenses
  • Toric contact lenses are designed in a way that compensates for an irregular shaped cornea. They are made from the same materials as regular ("spherical") contact lenses, so they can be either soft or RGP
  • Toric contact lenses are weighted along the bottom to help keep the contact lens relatively stable on the eye when you blink or look around
  • Provides steady, crisp vision

Multifocal

  • Finally there is an alternative to bifocal glasses
  • Available in both soft and rigid gas permeable materials
  • Bifocal contact lenses are used to correct presbyopia, a condition where the eye loses the ability to focus on objects both at a distance and nearby
  • Bifocal contact lenses work much like bifocal glasses. They have two powers on one lens: one to correct distance vision, if that's needed, and the other to correct near vision

Color Enhancing

Available in a broad range of prescriptions, so you can wear them daily or just for those special occasions.

Enhancement Tint

  • Enhancement tint is meant to enhance the existing color of your eyes
  • Usually best for people who have light colored eyes and want to make their eye color more intense

Color/Opaque Tints

  • Colors or opaque tints are deeper tints that can dramatically change your eye color, even if you have dark colored eyes
  • Color contacts come in a wide variety of colors, including hazel, green, blue, violet, amethyst and gray

Rigid Gas Permeable

  • If you have very specialized prescription needs, RGP (Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses) contacts may be right for you
  • RGP are made of flexible plastics, which allow oxygen through to your cornea. They provide excellent vision, especially for patients who have a high degree of astigmatism
  • RGPs can also provide better visual acuity, durability, and deposit resistance than soft contact lenses
  • RGPs can be easier to clean
  • RGPs last longer; therefore they can be less expensive in the long term than soft lenses