Corneas are the most anterior transparent part of your eyes, and because of their steep curvature, they are one of the primary refracting eye components. People with keratoconus, however, have irregularly shaped corneas, which become thinner and bulge to a cone-like shape. In the early stages of this eye disease, the patient may experience blurry vision and increased sensitivity to glare and light. Astigmatism and nearsightedness are also indicators of keratoconus.
Fortunately, this vision disorder can be treated. AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care, an eyeglasses specialist, discusses the different types of contact lenses that can correct keratoconus.
1. Custom Soft Contact Lenses
This contact lens variant can correct mild-to-moderate keratoconus. It’s made based on the detailed measurements of the affected eye. For some people, soft contact lenses are more comfortable to wear than other types of contact lenses.
2. Gas Permeable Contact Lenses
For some people, keratoconus can’t be corrected by wearing eyeglasses and soft contact lenses. Eye specialists may advise gas permeable contact lenses as an alternative. This type of contact lens vaults over the cornea for better light refraction and improved vision.
3. Hybrid Contact Lenses
Your eye doctor may recommend using hybrid contact lenses with a highly oxygen-permeable rigid center and a soft peripheral skirt. These provide the crisp optics of a gas permeable contact lens and wearing comfort similar to soft lenses.
4. Scleral Lenses
This type of contact lens covers a large portion of the white of the eye (sclera), which makes them more comfortable to wear than ordinary gas permeable lenses. Scleral lenses also don’t shift positions even when a person is blinking, unlike other contact lenses.
AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care provides high-quality contact lenses and eyeglasses to help correct different eye conditions. We also offer LASIK management service. Call us today at (757) 772-0086 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment. We serve residents of Norfolk, VA.