Contact lens technology is changing rapidly, demonstrating significant improvements to vision, comfort, and availability in complex or high prescriptions.
Improvements in lens material have increased comfort and breathability meaning almost anybody can achieve a successful fit into contact lenses. Soft contact lenses can be fit for most prescriptions including myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism, and presbyopia (aging eye). Your eye doctor in Walnut Creek will help you achieve the right fit.
Daily disposable contact lenses
Daily lenses, or one-time use lenses offer the greatest convenience, comfort, and vision of any other lens modality. Ask your optometrist about daily lenses at your next exam.
The fastest-moving sector of contact lens technology has been in the field of daily disposable lenses. This lens modality has alleviated most of the concerns associated with contact lens wear. Since lenses are worn only for a single day, they no longer build up deposits that can lead to end-of-month discomfort and significantly reduce the sensation of dry eye. Therefore they are optimal for patients with dry eye and allergies, and have the lowest incidence of corneal infection, making them the healthiest wearing schedule. No more cleaning and storing lenses. Due to their flexible wear schedule, it is now feasible to wear contacts just for weekends, evening outings, or to play sports.
Contacts lenses for astigmatism
Soft contacts that correct for astigmatism are now widely available in monthly, biweekly, and daily varieties. Where previously hard contact lenses were previously better suited to correct astigmatism, for most prescriptions we can not fit daily disposable lenses for increased comfort without sacrificing vision. Some complex prescriptions may still require hard contact lenses or custom soft lenses for optimal correction.
Multifocal contact lenses for presbyopia
Multifocal contacts are a new alternative to monovision (optimizing one eye for distance and the other for near) and readers. Unlike multifocal glasses which require you to look down to see clearly at near, multifocal contacts working by displaying both your distance and near powers in your visual axis at all times. Multifocal lenses work best when both eyes are being used simultaneously, preserving depth perception and giving those who just need an extra boost the ability to see near.