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Spectrum Eye Care is your one-stop shop for eye exams, contact lenses, and contact lens prescription services in Colorado Springs.
If you need vision correction and have generally healthy eyes, you have options to enable you to see your best, including eyeglasses, contact lenses, and refractive surgery.
Contact lenses are a popular option for vision correction. If you are looking for well-fitting contact lenses which provide clear, comfortable vision, the doctors at Spectrum Eye Care have the experience and knowledge to provide you with the right contact lens prescription for your eye health and visual needs.
Benefits of Vision Correction with Contact Lenses
While wearing eyeglasses for vision correction is fairly low maintenance, eyeglass lenses can get fogged up or rain splattered while outside. Eyeglasses may be difficult to keep in place if you play sports or are otherwise physically active.
Wearing contact lenses for vision correction offers many benefits, including the following:
- a more natural appearance
- wider visual access, better peripheral (side) vision
- not having to deal with eyeglass lenses fogging up
- freedom of movement while playing sports
Contact lenses can correct most vision problems, including myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia. Getting the right contact lenses for your eye health and visual needs and following your doctor’s instructions on taking care of your contacts and replacement schedule is vital to your success in being able to comfortably wear them and enjoy clear, sharp vision every day.
Soft Contact Lenses
Soft contact lenses are the most common type of lens among contact lens wearers. Soft contact lenses are made of soft, flexible plastics which allow oxygen to pass through to the cornea, the front surface of the eye. The wear schedule for soft contact lenses varies.
- Daily use soft contact lenses are worn for one day only. These lenses require no cleaning or maintenance.
- Weekly or monthly soft contact lenses may be worn for longer than daily use soft contact lenses, but must be removed before sleep, and cleaned, stored, and disinfected prior to wearing them.
Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses
Rigid gas permeable lenses, also known as RGP lenses, are firm, more durable than soft contact lenses, and provide sharp vision correction. They tend to be easier to handle than soft contact lenses and less likely to tear. When properly cared for, they can last up to one year. A downside to rigid gas lenses is that they can be difficult to adapt to for those new to wearing contact lenses. They also require a more complex cleaning process than soft contact lenses.
Decorative or Cosmetic Contact Lenses
Wearing cosmetic contact lenses can be a fun way to temporarily change the color of your eyes, either for daily life or for a special occasion, like Halloween. If you’d like to wear cosmetic contact lenses, keep in mind that all contact lenses are classified as medical devices, regardless of whether they provide vision correction or not, and require a valid prescription to wear them. Wearing cosmetic contact lenses purchased online or over the counter without a valid prescription poses serious risks to eye health and vision. If you are interested in cosmetic contact lenses, ask the doctors at Spectrum Eye Care about our options.
Get the Right Contact Lenses for Your Visual Needs and Eye Health
If you are interested in contact lenses, our doctors will perform a contact lens exam. During this exam, they will evaluate a range of metrics and eye health markers, including the size and shape of your cornea, taking into consideration your corrective vision needs and the overall health of your eyes. Upon gathering the information needed, our doctors will offer recommendations on the contact lenses that are right for you.