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  • Gas Permeable Lenses

    Gas Permeable lenses are also referred to as GPs or RGPs.  These lenses are smaller in diameter than a soft contact lens.  They are made of a firm, durable plastic material that transmits oxygen.  Although it can take some time to get used to the comfort of the lens, they provide excellent optics.  Because they do not contain water like soft lenses, they resist deposits moreso than soft contacts and are less likely to harbor bacteria.  They can be easier to handle than soft lenses because they do not fold over.  These lenses are removed nightly and cleaned and reused over a longer period of time than a soft contact lens.  GPs are essential for some eye conditions such as keratoconus, corneal dystrophies and high astigmatism.  These lenses are custom made for you and typically last at least a year before updates need to be made.  

  • Soft contact lenses initially have much better comfort than a gas permeable lens, and the majority of contact lenses used in the United States are soft contact lenses.  These are disposable in different durations depending on the brand and type.  There are lenses that you replace daily, biweekly, monthly and quarterly.  The majority of these lenses require removing at night, disinfecting and re-inserting in the morning.  There are extended wear options that can allow you to sleep in the lenses, but only when fit in the proper lens.  

    Soft contact lenses are available in single vision, monovision, multifocal, toric and multifocal toric varieties.  New lenses hit the market routinely, so there is always something new to try if you had problems in the past or not 100% happy with your current lenses. 

     

    Daily Disposable

    This is Dr. Bauder's preferred method of use.  These single use lenses provide you with a brand new lens in your eye every single day.  For patients with ocular allergies, his is hugely beneficial.  She also recommends this strongly for kids, teenagers and first time contact lens wearers.  In these instances, it gives peace of mind that the lenses are being taken care of properly to avoid complications. Dr. Bauder's favorite single use lenses are Aqua Comfort Plus, Total Dailies 1, Clariti and MyDay lenses.  

    Biweekly Lenses

    These lenses are changed every two weeks.  Some patients benefit from more frequent replacement of lenses.  Acuvue Oasys is the lens of choice in this category. 

    Monthly Replacement

    Dr. Bauder routinely fits Air Optix and Biofinity lenses in this category.  Monthly lenses tend to be easier for compliance as we are used to operating on a monthly cycle.   

    Extended Wear Lenses

    There are two brands that are approved for continuous wear.  Purevision2 and Air Optix Night and Day Lenses have a high breathability factor and are safe for use IF approved by your doctor.  Not all patients are good candidates for an extended wear situation.  Sleeping in lenses is strictly prohibited unless the patient approved for this by the doctor and in one of these lenses. It is recommended that a contact lens followup be made mid-year to monitor the ocular health for these patients. 

    Options for Presbyopia

    Patients who need reading glasses or bifocals historically had very few options.  In today's modern world with such high near demands, this is unacceptable.  There are many multifocal lens designs on the market, and they all work very differently. In addition, many patients are successful with monovision: using one eye for distance and one eye for near.  Talk to Dr. Bauder about what would work best for your visual needs and prescription.  Contact lens fittings for our presbyopic patients often require a lengthier exam and multiple visits to finalize the prescription.  These visits are all included within your evaluation fee. 

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  • Dr. Bauder's recent go to lens of choice is the Clariti family of single use lenses.  This family has a spherical, toric and multifocal prescriptions.  Until the last year, the majority of single use lenses were of a typical hydrogel material.  Recently, companies have been developing silicone hydrogel daily disposable lenses.  This allows the lenses to be more comfortable and much more breathable than the typical lenses.  Most of the monthly replacement lenses that we fit are made of silicone hydrogel.  This upgraded material also brought higher prices for the single use lenses.  However, Clariti is the best of both worlds.  It is silicone hydrogel material, super comfortable, very breathable, but not significantly more expensive than the previous daily options.  With toric and multifocal counterparts, it allows great versatility for our patients.  

    From Cooper's website:

    Whiter, Brighter Eyes and a Healthier Lens-Wearing Experience

    CooperVision clariti® 1 day is the world’s first and only family of silicone hydrogel, daily disposable contact lenses. Silicone hydrogel lenses are a healthier alternative to hydrogel daily disposables. That’s because they allow more oxygen to pass through to your corneas than hydrogel lenses.

    Silicone hydrogel creates a highly “breathable” lens that promotes whiter, brighter eyes and helps keep your eyes healthy. Whether you’re nearsighted or farsighted, have astigmatism or presbyopia, clariti 1 day has you covered.

     

    Excellent All-Day Comfort You Can Count On

    All clariti 1 day lenses feature high water content—a key feature for comfort. WetLoc® technology makes it possible. The WetLoc®process creates a lens that naturally attracts and binds water molecules to the lens surface, so your eyes can stay moist and comfortable throughout your day.

    Ask your eye care professional about the healthy advantages and daily convenience of clariti 1 day, the world’s first and only family of silicone hydrogel, daily disposable contact lenses (pronounced “klar-itee”).