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Contact Lenses

Dr. Aleksandra Wianecka in Babylon & Valley Stream offers many options for contact lenses.

There are a number of reasons why you might prefer contact lenses to standard eyewear: a glasses-free look, hassle-free vision correction, wearing non-prescription sunwear and goggles, or the convenience of not having to worry about misplacing your glasses. If you have a high prescription or astigmatism, contact lenses may provide more enhanced vision correction than glasses. Today, you can even replace your bifocal glasses with bifocal contact lenses.

Your eye care provider can recommend the best contact lenses for you based on a complete eye examination and a review of your visual needs both at work and play. Since most people can wear more than one type of lens, it’s important to know what the choices are and the advantages and disadvantages to each.

Soft Lenses

These lenses are comfortable to wear and must be replaced monthly, weekly or daily depending on the type you choose. Soft lenses are often recommended for sports because they fit closer to the eye and are more difficult to dislodge. They can provide correction for most prescriptions including astigmatism. Today, with the introduction of newer materials like silicone hydrogels, which allow more oxygen to the eye, patients find it easier than ever to wear soft lenses comfortably.

Gas-Permeable (GP) Lenses

Made of moderately flexible plastics, GP lenses offer sharp vision and correct most vision problems. They are more durable than soft contact lenses and can be easier to handle and care for but require a longer adaptation period and consistent wear to maintain adaptation.

Multifocal Lenses

In both soft and GP designs, multifocal lenses offer patients both distance and near vision correction just like a pair of bifocal glasses.

Color Contact Lenses

Enhance your eye color or even change it completely. Colored contact lenses are fun and come in a variety of colors for both light and dark eyes.

Silicone Hydrogels

Silicone hydrogels are soft contact lenses that have high oxygen permeability and are comparable to GP lenses.

Scleral Lenses

Scleral lenses are large diameter hard contact lenses which provide clear vision for patients with irregular corneas, very high prescriptions or ocular surface diseases. Scleral lenses are an excellent alternative for patients who are intolerant to smaller diameter hard lenses or are looking for a more comfortable option. These lenses can also be used to treat dry eye disease because they vault over the cornea bathing the eye in saline solution all day long, maintaining a moisturized ocular surface and creating an environment ideal for healing.

Orthokeratology lenses

Ortho-K or CRT lenses are hard lenses which are worn to sleep and change the shape of the cornea over night to correct the prescription. The lenses are removed in the morning and no contact lenses or glasses are needed all day. An additional benefit of these lenses is that they reduce the progression of near-sightedness in children making them an excellent alternative to glasses and conventional contact lenses.

Regardless of the type of contact lenses you wear, an annual eye exam is recommended to ensure the continued good health of your eyes. Schedule an appointment for an assessment and advice at Dr. Aleksandra Wianecka in Babylon & Valley Stream, and we will be in touch with you shortly.