West Michigan Eyecare Associates offers many options for contact lenses. Your doctor can recommend the best lenses for you based on a complete eye examination and review of your visual needs both at work and play. Most people can wear more than one type of lens, so it’s important to know the choices available and the advantages (or disadvantages) of each.

SOFT LENSES: These lenses are comfortable to wear and are replaced monthly, weekly or daily depending on the type prescribed to you. Soft lenses are often recommended for sports because they fit closer to the eye and are more difficult to dislodge. They can provide correction for most prescriptions including astigmatism and multifocal. Today, with the introduction of newer materials like silicone hydrogels, which allow more oxygen to the eye, patients find it easier than ever to wear soft lenses comfortably.

RIGID GAS-PERMEABLE LENSES (RGP) RGP Lenses offer sharp vision and correct most vision problems. They are more durable than soft contact lenses, and smaller in diameter. They typically require a longer adaptation period and consistent wear to get your eyes used to them. RGPS are a more custom product with extended parameters, and therefore can be a good option to for complex prescriptions or certain eye conditions like Keratoconus.

Regardless of the type of contact lenses you wear, and annual eye exam is required to ensure continued good health for your eyes. Contact lens prescriptions expire every 12 months. Schedule your appointment with West Michigan Eyecare today.