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Contact Lens Options for Myopia

Once considered an annoying refractive error, myopia is emerging as a fast-growing condition that increases the chance of vision-threatening eye conditions. Cases of myopia, or nearsightedness, are on the rise. Eye doctors are finding themselves on the front line when it comes to fighting this epidemic.

Pediatric optometrists, primary eye care physicians, and contact lens experts examine patients with myopia every day. Nowadays, optometrists can treat this condition through contact lenses, atropine therapy, or a combination of the two. Additionally, new spectacle lenses are being developed and may be available soon. Your eye doctor will consider certain factors before recommending the best option.


About Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are a medical device that touches the eye and are an effective choice for people who need vision correction. They are also ideal for those who do not want to wear eyeglasses or undergo LASIK surgery. If your eye doctor considers contact lenses to be the best option for your specific vision problem, they will recommend the most appropriate type of contact lens for you.


Types of Contact Lenses for Myopia

There are many different types of contact lenses to choose from. Each type comes with specific advantages and disadvantages. If you have a vision problem, contact lenses are an almost invisible solution. They fit over the cornea to correct various vision problems. These include myopia, astigmatism, and farsightedness.


Rigid Gas-Permeable Contact Lenses

Although Rigid Gas-Permeable Lenses are less popular with the advent of soft contact lenses and many doctors do not fit them often, they are a great option for some people both for comfort and cost-effectiveness. It would be easy to stop fitting RGP lenses, but the eye doctors at Madeira Optical continue to fit regularly RGP lenses where it makes sense for the patient. Scleral lenses are a version of rigid lenses. Made from a special type of flexible plastic, these lenses allow oxygen to pass through to the cornea. This design property makes them quite comfortable to wear. Also, they can help keep your cornea healthy.

When your cornea does not get enough oxygen, it can turn cloudy or swell. This can lead to blurry vision or a more serious problem. In addition to correcting vision, these lenses have a short adaptation period and are easy to put on and care for.


Extended-Wear Contact Lenses

You can wear this type of lenses overnight under the approval and supervision of your eye doctor. Depending on the brand you purchase, you can wear some of these contact lenses up to 30 nights consecutively. However, you need to consult your eye doctor to determine whether your eyes are healthy enough to have your lenses on while you sleep. Keep in mind that Cincinnati is in a river valley and high in pollens and allergens when considering extended-wear lens options. Cleaning lenses is vital to successful wear.

Although you can wear them for a longer period, they are still disposable lenses. Your contact lens fitter or eye doctor will help you determine the right replacement schedule. Extended-wear lenses require regular monitoring and office visits for follow-up care.


Daily Disposable Contact Lenses

When it comes to correcting shortsightedness, daily contact lenses are one of the most effective and healthiest options for your eyes. You get to enjoy the feel of a fresh lens every day without having to worry about cleaning regiments or protein deposits. Furthermore, they are quite comfortable and convenient, in addition to being ideal for people with busy schedules and lifestyles.


Spherical Lenses

These are the most common lenses designed to correct nearsightedness/myopia and farsightedness. If your eyeglass prescription CYL number is 0.75 or lower, you will likely not see a CYL number in your contact lens prescription.

To learn about contact lens options for people with myopia, visit Madeira Optical at our office in Cincinnati, Ohio. You can call (513) 561-7076 today to schedule an appointment.

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