Contact lenses are for everyone – everyone!
Contact lenses are thin, curved lenses that sit on the tear film, that covers the front surface of the eye. They correct refractive error such as myopia (short sightedness), hyperopia (long sightedness), astigmatism and presbyopia. Many other uses include: correcting especially high prescriptions, irregular astigmatism, complex corneal conditions such as keratoconus, or after corneal graft surgery, and as bandage contact lenses to assist with the healing of the corneal epithelium (superficial layer of the front of the eye) and reducing pain. Cosmetic contact lenses can even be used to change your eye colour temporarily.
Open your eyes to a Bright Future with Contact Lenses
For those who have had to wear glasses all their life, the possibility of being fitted with contact lenses here in Brisbane can seem like a breath of fresh air. These lenses help you see clearly without worrying about losing your glasses, even in more active situations. They are especially useful for sports, since they provide a full field of unobstructed peripheral (side) vision. Despite their small size, they can have a significant impact on the way you live your life, providing flexibility and freedom from spectacles.
Modern contact lenses suit a wide variety of prescriptions. Age is no limit either, with all age groups from children through to retirees being able to enjoy the benefits of contact lens wear.
Types of Contact Lenses
Here at Fresh Vision Optometrists, we like to think of ourselves as the go-to people for contact lenses. ALL types of contact lenses, and there are more than you think:
- Extended wear – you can sleep in these ones!
(Rigid Gas Permeable or RGP)
- Single vision lenses
- Multifocal lenses
- Keratoconus lenses (to manage the condition keratoconus – a thinned and irregular corneal surface)
- Orthokeratology lenses – these ones are really cool, read on to Ortho-K section
Soft Disposable Lenses
These are the mainstay of contact lenses these days. You can think of them either in terms of how often do you change them (typically either daily, fortnightly or monthly) or what they do optically:
- Spherical lenses to correct hyperopia (long sightedness) or myopia (short sightedness)
- Toric lenses to correct astigmatism (that’s when the eyeball is shaped like a football instead of a soccer ball)
- Multifocal lenses for patients over 40 years who need help with both reading and seeing clearly in the distance
There have been significant technological advancements in the past few years to improve the comfort of the contact lens materials and enhance the optical performance of contact lenses, especially the multifocal lens designs.
With materials, there has been a big shift towards daily disposable lenses (worn for the day then discarded). These provide slightly lower complication rates, meaning they are healthier for your eyes. Since they are changed daily, the comfort does not deteriorate over time, which may be an issue for some monthly or fortnightly lenses.
Contact lens discomfort is a major reason for people stopping contact lens wear. Modern technologies have focused on using newer materials such as silicone hydrogels, which are more breathable for your eyes than traditional hydrogel lenses. The chemistry behind modern day contact lenses has focused on improving their wettability on the eye, meaning they remain more hydrated and comfortable, all day long.
Children and Contact Lenses
Fresh Vision Optometrists have a keen interest in helping slow the rate of myopia progression in children. We offer CooperVision Misight daily disposable contact lenses, which are FDA approved for myopia management. In addition, other options include orthokeratology and new spectacle lens options including Hoya MiyoSmart.
Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) Lenses
As for those Ortho-K lenses we mentioned earlier, well hold onto your hat… Ortho-K lenses are small, hard lenses that you wear while you sleep, and remove daily on waking. Overnight, they temporarily reshape the corneal epithelium (front layer of the cornea- the first outermost layer of your eye), to allow your vision to focus clearly during the day WITHOUT LENSES!
Ortho-K is a brilliant solution for:
- Swimmers, surfers and water sports
- Children to slow down myopia progression
- Anyone concerned about losing their contact lenses or glasses whilst participating in active sports or hobbies
- Anyone who works in a dusty environment (tradies, miners, gardeners)
- Anyone who is in-and-out of the car all day and doesn’t want to swap glasses constantly
There are limitations for Ortho-K, as people with higher prescriptions or underlying eye conditions like keratoconus generally aren’t suited. But if you have a prescription between about +2.00 and -6.00 and want to be glasses free, these awesome lenses are the answer. Fresh Vision Optometrists will conduct a comprehensive eye examination and provide advice on whether you are a suitable candidate for these lenses.
Other related services for Contact Lens wearers
We provide a full suite of optometry services for our patients. Visit us for any of the following:
- Eye examinations for both children and adults. A comprehensive examination will check for any signs of eye disease, and ensure your vision is optimised with contact lenses and/or spectacles as needed
- A large variety of vision correction options, including a wide range of contact lenses and spectacles. Select from our stylish, high-quality frames and sunglasses so that you can look as good as you see. We carry popular brands such as Bollé, Nike, Jaguar, Nicola Finetti, and Charlie Brown.
- Specialised screenings for macular degeneration and glaucoma. As we get older, it’s essential to take the time and ensure that we catch these conditions early. Medical science is continually advancing, so the sooner you know about a condition, the more likely we can provide a helpful treatment.
Why Trust Fresh Vision Optometrists for your Contact Lens fitting
Fresh Vision Optometrists has been a fixture in the community for over 30 years. Australian families have continually turned to us for ocular care, trusting us to treat parents and children alike. We value the opportunity to build lasting and meaningful relationships with our clients, so we’ll always provide the personal touch you need to feel comfortable and welcome at our clinic. Contact us today to book an appointment and learn more about the exciting possibilities of Contact Lens wear.