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Contact Lenses

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Blue Ridge Eye Associates in Harrisonburg offers many options for 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 and goggles, or the convenience of not having to worry about misplacing your glasses. If you have a high prescription or astigmatism, contact lenses may provide more enhanced vision correction than glasses. Today, you can even replace your bifocal glasses with multifocal contact lenses.

Your eye care provider can prescribe the best contact lenses for you based on a complete eye examination and a review of your visual needs both at work and play. Since many people can wear more than one type of lens, it’s important to know what the choices are and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Soft Lenses

ContactLensThese lenses are comfortable to wear and must be replaced monthly, weekly, or daily depending on the type prescribed by your optometrist. Soft lenses are often recommended for sports because they fit closer to the eye and are more difficult to dislodge. They can provide correction for most prescriptions including nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. Today, with the introduction of newer materials like silicone hydrogels which allow more oxygen to 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 correct most vision problems. 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

Multifocal (progressive) contact lenses offer presbyopic patients both distance and near vision correction just like a pair of bifocal glasses. This can mean freedom from reading glasses! Ask your optometrist if you are a candidate for multifocal contact lenses.

Monovision Contact Lenses

With monovision for presbyopia, one eye is corrected with a distance contact lens, and the other eye is corrected with a near lens, providing clear vision for both distance and near. As with multifocal contact lenses, this can mean no more reading glasses!

Colored Contact Lenses

Enhance your eye color or even change it completely. Colored contact lenses are fun and come in a variety of colors for both light and dark eyes, including green, blue, hazel, brown, honey, turquoise, gray, and lavender.

Daily Contact Lenses

Daily disposable contact lenses are the healthiest, most comfortable, and most convenient design of lens.  Just put on a fresh, new pair each morning and toss them at night. Ask your optometrist if you are a candidate for daily contact lenses.

Regardless of the type of contact lenses you wear, an annual eye exam is recommended to ensure the continued good health of your eyes. Schedule an appointment for an assessment and advice at Blue Ridge Eye Associates in Harrisonburg, and we will be in touch with you shortly.