Contact lenses are medical devices and as such need to be fit and evaluated frequently to maintain healthy eyes. When fit well and used correctly, contact lenses offer significant advantages. At Horizon Eye Care & Optical, we fit contact lenses for common vision conditions such as near sightedness, far sightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia (when your reading becomes challenging). Our eye doctor, Dr. Somji, also specializes in specialty contact lenses such as Corneal Refractive Therapy, and gas permeable and scleral contact lenses used to correct medical eye conditions such as high myopia, keratoconus, irregular corneas and many other conditions.
Below are several modalities of contact lenses:
Daily Disposable Soft Contact Lenses
Dr. Somji is big proponent of daily disposable contact lenses. Do you like that fresh lens feeling when you open a new pack of contact lenses? Daily disposable contact lenses are for you! Pop them in in the morning, remove and throw them away in the evening; it’s as simple as that. Wear a fresh lens everyday. No cleaning or solution is necessary, and there’s no risk of contact lens overwear. Daily disposable contact lenses are available at our Sugar Land office for all refractive conditions (near sightedness, far sightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia).
Bifocal and Multifocal Soft and Gas Permeable Contact Lenses
Sometime around the age of 40, most of us will begin to notice that our near vision is getting worse. We have to hold objects further away to see them clearly. This is a condition called Presbyopia.
For contact lens wearers in Sugar Land, TX, there are basically 4 options: see distant objects well in both eyes and wear reading glasses, see well far away with one eye and close up with the other (called monovision), multifocal soft contact lenses, or bifocal contact lenses. The best options are multifocal or bifocal contact lenses.
Bifocal contact lenses are available in rigid gas permeable materials and provide the clearest vision.
Multifocal contact lenses are available in both rigid gas permeable and soft contact lens materials. They allow you to see well at all distances with good depth perception.
Scleral Contact Lenses
Scleral contact lenses are made of a rigid gas permeable material and significantly larger than soft contact lenses. They cover most of your eye and are a great contact lens for irregular corneas such as those with keratoconus; a condition where the front of the eyeball is curved very differently. Scleral contact lenses are also a very good option for patients suffering from debilitating dry eyes. Dr. Somji specializes in fitting scleral contact lenses and will patiently work with you to ensure your fit is optimal.
Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT)
Corneal Refractive Therapy (also called CRT and Orthokeratology) is a nonsurgical method of correcting vision without the use of glasses, daytime contact lenses, or surgery.
This safe and painless technique utilizes a special contact lens device that is worn at night while asleep.
During the night, the cornea (the clear covering of the eye) is gently reshaped so that light will focus correctly on the retina when the lenses are removed in the morning, clear vision remains throughout the day.
CRT is an ideal treatment option for children, swimmers, and for those for whom LASIK is not an option. It is less expensive than LASIK, it is safe, and it is reversible! Current research also indicates CRT slows down the progression of nearsightedness and Dr. Somji often fits these on children who’s nearsightedness is increasing at a rapid rate.