Wearing contact lenses is a great alternative to glasses if you need help with your vision. But they are not one-size-fits-all. If you have a specific condition, such as keratoconus, dry eye syndrome, astigmatism, or Pellucid Marginal Degeneration, or if you experience discomfort or complications when using traditional soft contact lenses, you may need to wear specialty contact lenses. Our eye doctors can help you figure out which lenses are best for you. Schedule an appointment at Pathway Eye to discover which option is appropriate to improve your vision.
Types of Specialty Contact Lenses
Toric lenses: These lenses are good for individuals with astigmatism. These lenses are customized to meet the individual’s sight needs, so fitting is an especially important part of the process.
Scleral lenses: These lenses often work well for patients who struggle with keratoconus, which means your cornea is thinner than normal and bulges outward. Scleral lenses are rigid gas permeable contacts with an extra-wide diameter.
Monovision lenses: These lenses provide each eye with different prescriptive strengths.
Multifocal lenses: These lenses correct both your near and distance vision in both eyes. Multifocal contacts are available in both soft and rigid gas permeable lens materials. They can be designed for daily wear or overnight wear.
Hybrid lenses: Hybrid lenses bring together the visual correction that gas permeable lenses provide and the comfort that soft lenses provide. While most patients can wear this type of lens, they are a great option for patients with corneal astigmatism and come in various styles, including multifocal. They are also good options for patients that have trouble with their soft toric lenses moving.
Gas permeable contact lenses: Gas permeable contact lenses are rigid lenses made of durable plastics that allow oxygen to pass through the lens. These lenses help reduce instances of an eye infection.
Color contact lenses: Color contacts are designed to change the color of your iris. Even though this is a non-permanent enhancement, these contacts still require a prescription from a doctor.
Get Your Contact Lenses at Pathway Eye
Are specialty contact lenses the answer to help you see better? Contact one of our six locations to schedule an appointment with an eye doctor. We have offices in Athens, Madison, Rogersville, Huntsville, Chattanooga, and Collegedale. We have the lenses you need and will help you get them every step of the way.