Contact Lenses Specialist

Insight Eye Care

Optometrists located in Williamsville, NY & Lockport, NY

Have you been thinking of trying contact lenses but aren’t sure where to begin? The team at Insight Eye Care in Williamsville and Lockport, New York, can help you find the right contacts for your specific vision needs. To explore the available options, schedule a one-on-one consultation today. Online booking makes it easy to find a time that fits your schedule, and you can always call or stop by to check availability.

Contact Lenses

What are contact lenses?

Contact lenses offer customized vision correction without the inconvenience and altered appearance of traditional eyeglasses. They are medical devices that work directly over your cornea.

Contact lenses can correct the following vision problems:

  • Myopia
  • Hyperopia
  • Presbyopia
  • Astigmatism

There are various types of contact lenses to choose from, providing an option to suit virtually every set of vision correction needs.

What are the different types of contact lenses?

While there are multiple types of contacts, you’ll always have the guidance of an experienced optometrist to help you find the right options for your specific needs.

Soft lenses

The most popular type of lenses, these contacts are made of materials that absorb water, making them soft and flexible, and facilitating the transfer of oxygen to your cornea. There are various subtypes of soft contact lenses, including daily and weekly wear options, bifocal lenses, and lenses specifically designed to treat astigmatism.  

Gas-permeable lenses  

These lenses are made of plastic combined with materials that allow oxygen to move through the lenses to reach your eyes. They are rigid and can damage your eyes if the fit is wrong or if you wear them while sleeping. 

Scleral lenses

These lenses are larger than the other types and fit over your entire cornea as well as a portion of your sclera, the white area of your eyes. The several options of scleral lenses differ in how they sit on your eye, so finding a comfortable fit is possible. Dr. Jason MacLaughlin of Insight Eye Care specializes in scleral contacts.

Contact lenses aren’t a good option for everyone, but for many men and women, they offer a more convenient and enjoyable vision correction experience.  

Am I a good candidate for contact lenses?

If you’re able and willing to adhere to strict care guidelines and can adapt to the adjustments needed to switch to contacts, you could be well suited to wearing them. It takes a degree of patience to adapt to using contacts, but many men and women find the rewards well worth the effort.  

If any of the following conditions apply, however, you might not be a good candidate for contact lenses:

  • Severe allergies
  • Persistent dry eye
  • Frequent eye infections
  • A work environment that is dusty or dirty

 Speak with your optometrist to determine if contact lenses might work for your specific vision correction needs. You can book a visit online or over the phone, so don’t delay.