Contact Lenses

There are a number of reasons why you might prefer contact lenses to standard eyewear: a glasses-free look, hassle-free vision correction, wearing non-prescription sunwear or sports goggles, the convenience of not having to worry about misplacing your glasses, or the need to clean them.  If you have a high prescription or astigmatism, contact lenses may provide enhanced vision correction as compared to glasses.  You can even replace your bifocal glasses with bifocal contact lenses.

Dr. Katie Edwards can recommend the best contact lenses for you based upon a complete eye examination and a review of your visual needs, both at work and play. Since most people can wear more than one type of lens, it’s important to know what your choices are, and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Soft Lenses

These lenses are comfortable to wear and must be replaced monthly, weekly or daily depending on the type you choose. Soft lenses are often recommended for sports because they fit closer to the eye and are less likely to dislodge while you are being active.  They can be prescribed to provide correction for most prescriptions, including for people with astigmatism.  With the introduction of newer materials like silicone hydrogels, which allow more oxygen to reach the eye, patients find it easier than ever to wear soft lenses comfortably.


Gas-Permeable (GP) Lenses

Made of moderately flexible plastics, GP lenses offer sharp vision and correction for most prescriptions. They are more durable than soft contact lenses and can be easier to handle and care for, but require a longer adaptation period and consistent wear to maintain adaptation. 

Multifocal Lenses

In both soft and GP designs, multifocal lenses offer patients both distance and close-up vision correction, just like a pair of progressive or bifocal glasses.

Color Contact Lenses

Color contact lenses allow you to enhance your eye color or to even change it completely. Colored contact lenses are fun and come in a variety of colors for both light and dark eyes.

Silicone Hydrogels

Silicone hydrogels are soft contact lenses that have high oxygen permeability and are comparable to GP lenses.

Regardless of the type of contact lenses you wear, an annual eye exam is recommended to help ensure the continued good health of your eyes.  For a comprehensive assessment and advice by Dr. Edwards at Green Eye & Midtown Optical, call our office today at (601) 268 – 5144.