Contact lenses are an effective and attractive alternative to glasses. At Optic Gallery The District in the District neighborhood of Henderson, Nevada, Alaina Lavine, OD, Tiffany Nguyen, OD, and the optometry team performs various tests to help you find the most appropriate contact lenses that match your prescription and lifestyle. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about contact lenses.
Contact lenses are clear devices that cover the surface of your eyes. They sit on the cornea, the clear layer on your eye’s surface that helps focus light toward the retina, the light-sensitive tissue in the back of your eye that transmits information to the brain.
Contact lenses are available in two varieties: soft and hard.
Soft contact lenses
Soft contacts are the more common of the two types. Made of silicone hydrogel, these soft lenses are flexible for enhanced comfort.
Hard contact lenses
Made of gas-permeable plastic, hard contacts are slightly rigid to maintain their shape for maximum durability.
After a thorough eye exam, the Optic Gallery The District team can determine which type of lenses are right for you.
There are multiple types of contact lenses:
Rigid gas-permeable (RGP)
RGP is a hard yet flexible type of lens that can correct most vision problems. Most options are comfortable and long-lasting, though they may shift away from the eye’s center more frequently than softer types.
Available in soft and RGP options, extended-wear lenses can last for up to seven days before you need to change them. They don’t correct all vision problems, so a comprehensive eye exam is critical to determine whether extended-wear lenses are right for you.
These soft lenses last for up to six days before you can throw them away. Some options can last for up to 30 days.
Planned replacement lenses are soft lenses that you wear daily. You replace them on a schedule, usually once every two weeks to one month.
Each type of contact lens has their own unique benefits and drawbacks. The team works with you to find the right type.
The Optic Gallery The District team performs comprehensive eye exams to determine your prescription. Once they know your prescription, the team can make the appropriate recommendations. They take your budget, lifestyle, and prescription into account when recommending contact lenses.
Contact lenses aren’t the best option for everyone; some individuals are better suited for glasses. Others use glasses and contact lenses. The team can help you decide whether contact lenses, glasses, or a combination of both are right for you.
Call Optic Gallery The District or schedule an appointment online to learn more about contact lenses.