Contact lenses have made tremendous advances in the last several years! Both soft and oxygen permeable designs are now available for the correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Today contact lenses are manufactured in virtually all prescriptions including bifocals.
Computerized Contact Lens Designs
This allows the custom fitting of each patient's unique requirements, even if you've been told you have "difficult to fit" eyes.
Disposable soft contacts are extremely popular and are available for daily, weekly, or monthly replacement cycles. They are even manufactured for people who have astigmatism or dry eyes! Patients love the convenience, ease of care, comfort and health benefits these lenses offer!
Contact Lens Frequently Asked Questions
Am I A Contact Lens Candidate?
Only in the rarest circumstances are patients truly not contact lens candidates. If you have ever considered wearing contact lenses, almost anyone can be fit with a contact lens, even if you have a high prescription or corneal condition. In fact, many patients with high prescriptions or corneal disease will see much better with contact lenses than they will with glasses!
Is that still true?
I’ve tried to wear contact lenses before, but I was told I couldn’t because of my high prescription or astigmatism.
If, in the past, you have been told you are not a contact lens candidate because of your high prescription or astigmatism, you’re in luck! At Philadelphia Eye Associates, we have the ability to design 100% custom soft, hard, and scleral contact lenses capable of fitting almost any eye and correcting nearly any type of prescription!
What can I do?
I used to wear contact lenses, but as I got older I needed glasses in order to read up close with my contact lenses. I tried “monovision” and didn’t adapt well. I was told that bifocal contact lenses didn’t work, or that I couldn’t get a bifocal with my astigmatism correction.
There’s no better time to be a contact lens wearer over the age of 40. In the past decade, advancements in materials and manufacturing have made it possible to put your bifocal correction in your contact lenses and give you excellent distance and near vision without the need for glasses!
Are there other options?
I have an eye condition called keratoconus. I have worn contact lenses for many years, but they have become uncomfortable.
The advent of hyper-oxygen permeable materials and digital manufacturing technology has made it possible to fit larger diameter hard contact lenses known as “scleral” lenses on patients with many different types of eye conditions, including keratoconus. These larger lenses are extremely comfortable and offer excellent vision. Many scleral lenses can also be made with a bifocal!
Are there any contact lenses I can wear?
I want to wear contact lenses, but my eyes are so dry I don’t tolerate them well. I was told there was nothing that could be done.
The same scleral contact lenses used to correct the vision of patients with corneal irregularities are filled with a preservative free saline prior to insertion that bathes the eye in a therapeutic hydrating environment all day while you wear the lens. Many patients with severe dry eye, recurrent corneal erosions, exposure keratitis, or neurotrophic keratitis benefit dramatically from wearing scleral contact lenses, and are able to wear them with excellent vision and all day comfort!
Is this true?
I have a corneal condition preventing me from seeing well. I was told that specialty contact lenses might help.
Patients with many different eye conditions, such as keratoconus, post-LASIK ectasia, neurotrophic keratitis, herpetic keratitis, recurrent corneal erosions, Sjogren’s disease, severe dry eye, exposure keratitis, irregular astigmatism, or corneal scarring may benefit from wearing specialty contact lenses. Often, patients with these types of eye conditions can achieve their best vision, only with the help a specialty contact lens.
Are contact lenses ever covered by insurance?
I’ve wanted to try contact lenses in the past, because I was told they would probably improve my vision significantly, but the lenses are expensive.
The cost of fitting and contact lenses is often covered in part or in full by medical and/or vision insurances for patients who have medical eye conditions that require the use of a contact lens to achieve functional vision. If you have a medical eye condition causing reduced vision that is only correctable with contact lenses, the use of contact lenses is not considered “cosmetic,” and these services may be covered by your insurance.