Contact Lenses

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Advancements in contact lens materials and technology nowadays have made it possible to comfortably wear contacts even if you have certain chronic eye conditions. The specialized team of optometrists at Eye Associates of New York​​​​​​​ have extensive training in finding the best contact lens solutions for minor vision corrections, all the way up to severe cases of astigmatism. To find out which type of contacts are right for you, book a contact lens exam at this Midtown East, New York City-area practice. You can request an appointment online or call the office to schedule.

Contact Lenses Q & A

Which type of contact lenses is best?

The best type of contact lens depends on your eye health, your lifestyle, and your vision. During your comprehensive contact lens exam, your dedicated optometrist sits down with you and evaluates your overall eye health before prescribing contact lenses. After a thorough contact lens-focused eye exam, your optometrist may recommend:

Soft contact lenses

Soft contact lenses are the most common types of contacts on the market. They’re made of soft, flexible plastic that allows oxygen to easily pass through to your cornea. More modern soft contact lenses are made from silicone hydrogel, which allows for optimal oxygen flow. You can opt for daily, weekly, or monthly disposable soft contact lenses, depending on your needs.

Gas permeable contact lenses

Gas permeable contact lenses are much more resistant to protein deposit buildup – they’re more durable than soft contact lenses. These innovative long-lasting lenses are often ideal if you have keratoconus or giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC).

Extended wear contacts

If your eyes are generally healthy, you might want to select extended wear contacts. These lenses allow you to wear your contacts continuously or overnight for several days or weeks at a time.

Orthokeratology lenses

Orthokeratology (ortho-k) lenses are specialty contact lenses that not only help correct your vision, they also gradually change the curvature of your corneas. These rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses are primarily used for myopia (nearsightedness).

With so many different types of contacts available for a realm of eye conditions, it’s important to have a thorough eye exam at Eye Associates of New York​​​​​​​ to see which type of lens is ideal for your vision.

Should I wear contact lenses or glasses?

In many cases, the choice is up to you. For instance, some men and women prefer to wear contacts while exercising, but still want to be able to wear glasses while at home or at the office. In these cases, daily wear contacts may be best for you.

If you only want to wear contacts, though, you might want to request extended wear contacts, so you don’t have to take them out every day. Even if you weren’t a candidate for contact lenses years ago, you might be now due to ever-changing contact lens technology. The team at Eye Associates of New York​​​​​​​ offers the highest quality brands of contact lenses, including:

  • Johnson & Johnson

  • Bausch + Lomb

  • CooperVision

  • Alcon

  • Boston

  • BostonSight

These are just some of the brands of contact lenses that are known for improving vision while providing optimal comfort.

Do you treat urgent or emergency issues related to contact lenses?

Yes, we treat torn or dislodged contact lenses and pain after removing lenses.

What happens during a contact lens exam?

During your contact lens exam, your optometrist evaluates your overall eye health and checks your vision. They often use advanced corneal topography testing to determine the shape of your cornea, so you can get comfortably fitting contacts. Or if you have an imbalance in your eye color or want to camouflage eye discoloration, the team can order custom contact lenses to improve your vision and eye color.

The entire comprehensive exam doesn’t take long, so many men and women can quickly schedule their contact lens exam during their lunch. If possible, the team sends you home with a temporary set of contact lenses for you to try for a few days. Then if the lenses work for you, they can order a full set.

With improvements in contact lenses, you can get fitted for quality, comfortable contacts at Eye Associates of New York​​​​​​​. Schedule your contact lens exam either online or over the phone.

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