Posted on April 17th, 2016

What Are the Types of Contact Lenses Offered?

Contact Lenses From Our Plano Optometrist

At The Plano Eye Care Center, our optometrist and team take great pride in being your one-stop shop for all your eye and vision care needs. Whether you’re in need of a routine exam, new glasses or frames, or even treatment for an ocular condition, our experienced team is here to help. We also accept all major insurance plans and are always happy to welcome new patients.

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One of the more common optical services we offer is that of providing quality contact lenses to our patients. If you’ve been thinking about making the switch to contact lenses or are simply looking for quality lenses at competitive prices, you’ve come to the right place.

Types of Plano Contact Lenses Available

We understand that no two patients are exactly the same in terms of their optical needs, which is why we offer a wide range of Plano contact lenses to suit your specific needs and lifestyle. We even carry specialty contact lenses for those who are hard-to-fit. Below is a sampling of some of the most common types of contact lenses available in our office.

Soft Contact Lenses

Perhaps the most common type is the traditional soft contact lens, which is made of a flexible and soft plastic or silicone-hydrogel. These come in both re-usable and daily disposable options to suit your needs. This is the “default” contact lens and the type that is recommended for most people without any special eye or vision conditions, as they tend to be the easiest to insert/remove and get used to.

Rigid Gas-Permeable Lenses

Another common type of contact lens is that of the rigid gas-permeable (RGP) lens. This is a specialty type of contact lens that may be required for those with certain eye conditions, such as astigmatism in one or both eyes. These lenses are harder and therefore more durable than soft lenses. They also tend to be more resistant to build-up and are easier to clean, so they may provide better vision correction as well.

Disposable Lenses

Disposable lenses come in a variety of disposable schedule options and are especially popular among those who do not like dealing with the hassle of daily contact lens cleaning. Most disposable lenses are soft contact lenses, and disposal schedules can range from once a week to once a day.

Extended Wear Lenses

Extended wear contact lenses refer to those that can be worn continuously for up to 30 days at a time. These are made of a special material that allows oxygen to pass through the lens itself and to the cornea, which makes them safe for even overnight wear. 

Which Type of Lens is Right For You?

We highly recommend that those considering the switch to contact lenses for the first time schedule a contact lens exam with our optometrist here at The Plano Eye Care Center. This exam will allow us to evaluate your eye and vision health to ensure that you’re a good candidate for contacts. From there, we can make a specific recommendation on the type of contact lens that will be best suited for your needs and lifestyle. This is especially important if you are considered hard-to-fit for contacts, which means you may experience discomfort or trouble with traditional soft contact lenses. During this exam, we can also provide you with guidance when it comes to inserting, removing, and caring for your new Plano contact lenses.

Schedule an Appointment With Our Plano Optometrist

If you’re interested in switching to contacts or simply finding out more about the types of lenses we offer, contact our Plano optometrist today. You can reach The Plano Eye Care Center at (972) 964-3937 to schedule an appointment or find out more about the services we have to offer.

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