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Specialty Contact Lenses: What They Are and Who Can Benefit From Them

Contact lenses are a convenient way to correct refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. They can improve the patient’s quality of life. There are various types of contact lenses with different features.

Lens manufacturers design specialty lenses for individuals with specific vision needs or eye conditions. They offer benefits beyond vision correction. Learn more about specialty contact lenses, what they are, and who can benefit from them.


Enhanced Vision Correction

One benefit of specialty lenses over traditional contact lenses is improved vision correction. They help correct specific eye issues such as presbyopia and astigmatism. They also help people with irregular corneas (keratoconus) or corneal injuries. The lenses allow patients to enjoy sharp and clear vision. They can reduce the need for extra vision aids, such as reading glasses, for people with presbyopia.


Reduced Discomfort and Eyestrain

Specialty contact lenses help reduce the discomfort associated with regular contact lenses. People with conditions such as dry eye often experience discomfort after prolonged contact lens wear. Specialty lenses can help keep the eyes hydrated.
People who spend hours using digital devices can suffer from eyestrain. The lenses can reduce glare and other conditions that contribute to DES. They improve vision in low-light conditions.


They Offer Better Fitting Options

People who get specialty lenses require proper fitting for improved efficiency. Irregular corneas can make it hard to find lenses that fit accurately. The condition can make wearing contact lenses almost impossible.

Specialty contact lenses are customized to provide a stable and comfortable fit. Scleral contact lenses that vault over the cornea to rest on the sclera help protect the cornea. They help avoid constant contact and friction that can cause scarring.


Cosmetic and Prosthetic Lenses 

Some people wear contact lenses for aesthetic or therapeutic reasons. Colored contact lenses are a type of specialty lens that helps change the color of the eyes. Cosmetic contact lenses can improve the wearer’s appearance and hide eye flaws or injuries.

They can enhance or change the eye color for those looking for dramatic results. Eye specialists customize the lenses to match the eye shape and produce more natural results.


Help With Specific Visual Needs

Specialty contact lenses can help individuals with specific visual needs. Divers and people who participate in other activities can benefit from the lenses. They are ideal for people in sports, professional drivers, and others. Toric lenses can provide enhanced vision during various outdoor activities. People who require enhanced vision during close-up tasks like reading can get multifocal lenses.

Types of specialty lenses include rigid gas-permeable, scleral, hybrid, toric, and multifocal contact lenses. The lenses provide clear vision for people with hard-to-fit eye conditions. Proper care of the lenses is vital for maintaining healthy eyes and ensuring the longevity of the lenses.

If you experience discomfort with regular lenses, your eye doctor can recommend specialty lenses. An eye exam will help determine if you are a good candidate for the lenses. Ensure that you replace your lenses as recommended.

For more on specialty contact lenses, what they are, and who can benefit from them, visit Battleground Eye Care at our Greensboro, North Carolina office. Call (336) 564-6800 to schedule an appointment today.

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