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Contact Lenses Q&A

Q: If I need bifocal glasses, could I still wear contact lenses?

A: In many cases, the answer is, “yes!” If you need correction for presbyopia, (loss of near focusing ability after the age of 40), but dislike the idea of bifocal eyeglasses, there may be several options available that can allow you to wear contact lenses successfully in order to reduce or possibly eliminate the need for reading glasses or bifocals.

Q: Do some people still wear gas permeable contact lenses?

A: Yes, but due to advancements in soft contact lens technology, gas permeable lenses aren’t as common as they used to be. However, for individuals who are unable to successfully wear soft contact lenses, GPs can be an option that offers the advantages of durability, clear vision, and high oxygen permeability.

Q: My previous eye doctor told me that my eyes were hard to fit with contact lenses. Does this ever happen?

A: Yes, but challenges such as high amounts of irregular astigmatism, presbyopia, and keratoconus needn’t be a barrier to contact lens wear, but they do typically require more doctor time and office visits. However, it is important to remember that some patients are not able to successfully wear contact lenses for a variety of reasons. Although rare, this does happen from time to time.

Q: What is orthokeratology?

A: Ortho-K is the non-surgical process of reshaping the surface of the cornea with specially designed contact lenses. This reshaping of the cornea occurs overnight while you sleep. This then allows you to see clearly throughout the day without wearing the lenses. It may sound like magic, but it’s a safe time-tested reality for the right candidate.

Q: I have astigmatism, can I wear contact lenses:

A: Yes, in most cases even patients with high amounts of corneal astigmatism can often times successfully wear contact lenses.