Choosing the Best Contact Lens | Long Island Eye Doctor
I often get asked, “What is the best contact lens?” Unfortunately, there is no one correct answer. Contact lenses are almost as individual as people. That is to say, there are many types of contact lens materials, sizes, curves, shapes, water content, stiffness, edge designs, and more.
There are soft lenses for those who are near-sighted, far-sighted and who have an astigmatism. There are soft lenses for those that need bifocals or multifocals. Gas permeable rigid lenses are another material and these are custom designed per individual. We can make them very small (7mm in size) or we can make them very large. These would be called scleral lenses. Another type of lens is a hybrid. The center of the lens is a gas permeable rigid material and the surrounding edge is a soft lens material.
Each is used for a different reason and each contact lens has unique properties. Certain lenses are better suited to an individual with dry eyes while others are better for those whose eyes are more moist. Some are better for eyes that are shaped like a football and others like a baseball. Some work best for surgically treated eyes or allergy eyes or dark eyes or light eyes.
So how do you know which contact lens is right for you? It all starts with a comprehensive eye examination. The refraction, the part of the exam that checks your eyeglass prescription, is only one small part in determining the best contact lens. Medical history, including medications, is an integral factor in the doctor’s decision making. Other testing for tear quality and quantity, eye curvature, internal and external eye health, eye coordination, and tightness of the eyelids against the eye are also taken into account.
There are probably close to 100 companies that manufacture contact lenses. Some are major players and others are smaller, lesser known companies. Each has a unique niche to fill. Your eye doctor will usually work with up to as many as 10 contact lens manufacturers as usually within those 10, there is a lens material that can be designed for a patient, no matter what their needs.
So are you still thinking, “What’s the best contact lens?” The answer is …………………………..Consult your Eye doctor. Don’t rely on advertising, social media or your friends. The optometrists at Optix Family Eyecare Center are here to help if you need us. Just give us a call, send us an email or a text. Book an appointment to get an eye exam, select your best contact lens and more
Dr. Joel Kestenbaum