IN DULUTH, GA (NORTH OF ATLANTA) AT GEORGIA EYE PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS
For patients who lead particularly active lifestyles, who need to maintain exceptionally clear peripheral vision, or who simply prefer not to wear eyeglasses, Georgia Eye Physicians and Surgeons also offers a wide selection of prescription contact lenses. While not necessarily suitable for all patients, or for the treatment of all vision problems, contact lenses can safely address a wide variety of difficulties, including myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism, and keratoconus. There are several different types of specialized contact lenses available, including:
- Disposable Contact Lenses: The most common type of contact lenses, disposable contact lenses are designed to be worn for a specified period of time then discarded and replaced. They are recommended for patients with allergies or whose eyes are prone to forming deposits, require no cleaning, and may carry less risk of transmitting eye infections.
- Gas Permeable Contact Lenses (“Hard” Contact Lenses): Unlike soft contact lenses, gas permeable contact lenses do not contain water, which makes them more resistant to dry eye, mineral deposits, and bacteria. Because the more rigid lens maintains its shape, vision stays focused and unaffected when the patient blinks. They can also be highly effective in correcting certain ocular diseases as they can reshape the front of the eye and in correcting for corneal irregularities like scarring or protrusion. With proper care, gas permeable lenses can be used for up to two to three years before they need to be replaced.
- Multifocal and Toric Contact lenses: When the cornea of the eye is conical or irregularly shaped, as is the case in patients with astigmatism or keratoconus, contact lenses must be custom designed to provide different levels of vision correction at different points. The experienced team at Georgia Eye uses the most advanced technology available to individually design each contact lens so that it precisely fits the specifications of the patient. Toric and multifocal contact lenses are available in a wide variety of styles and options.
- Bandage Contact Lenses: After a patient has sustained corneal damage due to injury or disease, bandage contact lenses are often used to promote healing and reduce discomfort. Custom designed to fit an individual eye, a bandage contact lens moves less when the patient blinks, so there is less painful friction on the eye’s surface or cornea, and medication can be added to further promote healing. These lenses are often prescribed to patients who are recovering from some forms of refractive eye surgery.
A comprehensive medical eye examination and contact lens consultation with Dr. William Segal or Dr. Marc Lay can help determine the best contact lenses and a suitable replacement schedule for you.