Contact Lenses Specialist

Visionaire Eye Consultants at Sterling Ranch

Optometrists & Opticians located in Sterling Ranch, Littleton, CO

Contact lenses do more than free you from eyeglasses. In addition to correcting your vision, they also treat some eye problems, and if you’re active in sports, they easily accommodate goggles and headgear. Nicole Wellensiek, OD, and the experienced team at Visionaire Eye Consultants at Sterling Ranch in Littleton, Colorado, specialize in helping each patient find the best contact lenses for their eye health. To learn more about your contact lens options, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Contact Lenses Q & A

What vision and eye problems are corrected with contact lenses?

Contact lenses correct the same vision problems as eyeglasses, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and presbyopia. With today’s technology, however, contact lenses can do more than correct those common refractive errors.

Specialty lenses can improve or treat many different vision and eye problems, such as:

  • Toric lenses, which correct astigmatism
  • Scleral lenses, which treat keratoconus
  • Multifocal lenses, which correct near and far vision at the same time
  • UV-inhibiting lenses, which protect your eyes from sunlight

If you suffer from dry eyes, you can also get several types of contact lenses designed to help retain eye moisture and keep your eyes comfortable.

What are the different types of contact lenses?

Dr. Wellensiek explains the different types of contact lenses so you can make an informed choice. Many patients can choose the type of contact lens based on their personal preference. In some cases, Dr. Wellensiek makes a specific recommendation based on the severity of your problem and your overall eye health.

This list gives you an idea of the different choices you encounter when getting contact lenses:

Hard contact lenses

Gas permeable lenses are hard contact lenses that are rigid and hold their shape while also allowing oxygen to flow through the lens to your eye.

Soft contact lenses

Soft lenses are made from gel-like plastics called hydrogels. These contacts are thin and pliable, so they conform to the surface of your eye.

Wearing time

You can get daily wear lenses that you put in when you awaken and take out at night. Extended wear lenses stay in while you sleep, and you can use them for up to 30 days, depending on the brand.

Disposable contacts

Daily disposable lenses are discarded after one day of use, while other disposables are tossed out every two weeks. By comparison, traditional contacts are replaced about every six months.

How do I care for contact lenses?

Your risk of an eye infection increases when bacteria, dirt, and other substances accumulate on your lenses. Tips for contact lens cleanliness include:

  • Washing your hands before handling your contacts
  • Cleaning your lenses every time they’re removed
  • Using fresh cleaning solution
  • Cleaning and rinsing your storage case
  • Replacing your storage case every three months

When you get contact lenses, the team at Visionaire Eye Consultants at Sterling Ranch teach you all the details you need to know about caring for your contact lenses.

If you’re ready to get contact lenses, book an appointment online or call Visionaire Eye Consultants at Sterling Ranch.

We are Optometrists & Opticians located in Sterling Ranch, Littleton, CO. Call us to book your appointment today.