What are contact lenses?
Contact lenses are thin, disc-shaped plastic devices that are worn directly on the surface of the eye for vision correction. These lenses offer an effective, convenient way to treat refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), presbyopia (age-related vision loss), and astigmatism (abnormally shaped cornea). At West County Ophthalmology, we offer a wide selection of contact lenses, including soft lenses, hard lenses, and even specialty lenses for corneal conditions. Our vision professionals will determine your ideal prescription lens strength and then assist you in choosing the ideal lenses to fit your lifestyle, vision needs, and budget. If you are looking for contact lenses or want to know more about the various options available, contact one of our ophthalmology centers in either Chesterfield or O'Fallon, MO.
Types of Contact Lenses
Generally speaking, there are two categories of contact lenses: soft lenses and rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses. Within these categories, there are several options for contact lenses. At West County Ophthalmology, we want you to get the lenses that are right for you and your lifestyle, which is why we offer some of the latest options in contact lenses. Some of our popular lens options include:
- Soft contact lenses: These lenses are made out of a soft, flexible plastic material. This material allows oxygen to flow to the cornea and is generally more comfortable than RGP lenses.
- Rigid gas permeable: These lenses are considered more durable and are resistant to deposit buildup, meaning you'll likely experience clearer and crisper vision overall. They generally last longer than soft contact lenses and may be easier for you to handle; however, they may not be as comfortable as soft lenses.
- Extended-wear contact lenses: Many people like extended-wear contact lenses because they can be worn overnight. In fact, continuous-wear lenses can be worn for up to 30 days. Like soft contact lenses, these lenses are made out of a flexible plastic that easily allows oxygen to get to the cornea. While it's important for the eye to have periods without lenses so they can rest, these are a convenient option for someone who has a busy lifestyle or doesn't want to fuss with contacts on a daily basis. Within this category, there are different options based on material; our team can help you choose the best one for your need.
- Bifocal contacts: If you have presbyopia, these lenses may be a great option as they work like bifocal glasses and have two functions to correct near and distance vision. They come in both RGP and soft lenses.
- Toric contact lenses: Toric contact lenses are a great option for people with astigmatism. Like bifocal lenses, they have two functions — one for astigmatism and another for myopia or hyperopia, as necessary.
What should I expect with contact lenses?
Before choosing your ideal contact lenses, our vision professionals will perform a comprehensive exam to identify your specific refractive error and assess your eye health. Once our team has determined your prescription needs, you may choose from a wide selection of different options, including daily lenses, monthly lenses, single or multifocal lenses, and more. For brand-new contact lens users, we can offer in-depth instructions for lens insertion and removal, as well as contact lens care and hygiene. Contact lenses are more comfortable and convenient than ever before, but they will not fit the needs of every patient. Please discuss all your options for treating your refractive error with our vision professionals.
Explore Your OPtions for Contact Lenses
For many people, contacts are the easiest way to get their best vision. Contact lens design has advanced over the years, offering patients with refractive errors the chance to experience their best vision with convenient, nearly invisible, corrective lenses. We invite you to schedule an eye exam and consultation at West County Ophthalmology with one of our skilled eye specialists. Seeing life clearly can help you perform your daily tasks with more confidence and greater ease. Talk to our ophthalmology team about whether or not contacts are right for you. We have offices in Chesterfield and O'Fallon, MO, staffed with compassionate, experienced personnel who can help you attain your best vision.
Contact Lenses Reviews
"I go to the office at St Luke's hospital to see my Dr. I go to winghaven to get my glasses adjusted for fit. They're always very helpful getting me and my wheelchair situated. The only reason for the four star is they take a marathon lunch like 11:30 to 1:00"- J.K. / Google / Dec 10, 2021
"I go to the office at St Luke's hospital to see my Dr. I go to winghaven to get my glasses adjusted for fit. They're always very helpful getting me and my wheelchair situated. The only reason for the four star is they take a marathon lunch like 11:30 to 1:00"- J.K. / Google / Dec 09, 2021
"My night vision was failing & fonts seemed to be shrinking by the minute.A friend recommended Dr. Raja for Ophthalmology care & I am so glad she did! I have poor vision & have worn glasses or multi-focal contacts since third grade.It could be overwhelming when considering the number of choices one has with corrective surgery. Dr. Raja listened with compassion & understanding to my lifestyle needs while considering the health & medical aspect of my individual case. Her "sound recommendation" was to begin by removing the cataracts in my dominant eye & replace it with a lense for distance & wear cheaters for reading. Her recommendation was SPOT ON. The surgery was easy, & the follow-up care has been wonderful! I can see better now than I ever have, & can't wait for the second eye to be treated! Dr. Raja could have recommended a more expensive treatment, but instead she recommended what was best for me!"- A.F. / Healthgrades / Jan 12, 2023
"I go to the office at St Luke's hospital to see my Dr. I go to winghaven to get my glasses adjusted for fit. They're always very helpful getting me and my wheelchair situated. The only reason for the four star is they take a marathon lunch like 11:30 to 1:00"- J.“. / Google / Jan 28, 2022
"Took my daughter in for issues she was having. I was so grateful she was able to be seen by an ophthalmologist. They were also able to update her contacts and glasses during the same visit. Best of all, they were able to put new lenses in her old, favorite frames. Everyone was very helpful and professional. Thank you for great healthcare!!"- K.L. / Google / Jun 27, 2023