Two important factors when choosing the right contact lenses are vision and comfort. There are cases where contact lenses may not be preferred at all; however, the office of Shannon Chandler, O.D. and Lesa Davis, O.D., has acquired years of knowledge, education, and experience fitting patients with specialty contact lenses, including extended wear contacts, and have witnessed incredible changes throughout that time. It is very important that contact lenses are fitted correctly, based in part on your prescription, eye shape, and specific needs. With many different selections available, it is best to learn about the various advantages and disadvantages of contact lenses before making a final decision.
Rigid or hard contact lenses, also called “gas-permeable lenses”, are a shrinking segment of the industry, but a large number of patients do still wear them. They provide sharper vision and can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Soft contact lenses are the most frequently prescribed at our Las Vegas optometry office, due primarily to their tremendous comfort. They are now available for patients with dry eyes, astigmatism, and even for patients who require multifocal lenses. Once you’ve decided between hard or soft lenses, however, there still are many varieties within each type. Extended wear contact lenses, however, are one of the most popular types we offer our patients. Extended wear contacts are generally described as contact lenses that can be worn continuously for up to seven days and six nights. With the advent of silicone hydrogel lenses, which are better at letting oxygen through the lens to the eye, there are now continuous wear contacts that can be worn continuously up to 30 days. Extended wear contacts can be very practical for people with unpredictable or highly active lifestyles. This includes military personnel, outdoor enthusiasts, emergency and shift workers – essentially, anyone who isn’t always able to properly clean or handle their lenses may benefit from extended wear contacts. Additionally, some wearers with high refractive errors (near- or farsightedness or astigmatism) find it extremely beneficial to be able to see clearly at all times, especially when waking up unexpectedly at night.
Whether you prefer hard or soft lenses, extended wear or daily disposable lenses, it is important to first consult our optometry office on which type of contact lenses are best suited for your particular prescription, eye shape, and specific needs. If you would like to learn more about the types of contact lenses offered by our optometrists, we recommend that you visit our practice’s main website to obtain additional, detailed information that you might find useful. If you have any specific questions or concerns regarding extended wear contacts, please do not hesitate to contact the staff here in Las Vegas directly.