The Colorado Eye Consultants Contact Lens Service provides the highest quality patient care. We offer a complete range of lenses from elective contact lenses to the most specialized medically necessary contact lenses. As a medical device that touches the surface of the eye, contact lenses can certainly impact the health of the eye, and proper preventative assessment and care must be taken to maintain successful contact lens wear.
There are two categories of contact lens patients; elective and medically necessary.
Elective Contact Lenses
Most contact lens wearers fall under the “elective” category. Patients in this category have chosen to wear contact lenses for cosmetic, fashion, or vocational reasons.
Our contact lens specialist will take into consideration your ocular health, refractive error, and lifestyle to recommend the best type of contact lens for your eyes.
We offer the following types of elective contact lenses:
- Soft contact lenses
- Multifocal contact lenses
- Toric (Astigmatism) contact lenses
- Gas Permeable contact lenses
- Hybrid contact lenses
Specialty Contact Lenses
Some patients cannot achieve clear, comfortable vision with spectacles due to certain eye diseases or very high prescriptions. However, custom, medically necessary contact lenses can be worn by these patients to help them achieve good vision.
Our contact lens specialist specializes in fitting patients that require specialty contact lenses for such conditions as:
- Corneal Transplant
- Pellucid Marginal Degeneration
- Prosthetic Contact Lenses
- Ocular Albinism
When compared to soft lenses, Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses (RGP’s) are more durable, more resistant to deposit buildup and generally provide clearer, crisper vision. RGP’s tend to be less expensive over the life of the lens since they last longer than soft lenses. RGP’s are also easier to handle and less likely to tear, although they are not as comfortable as soft lenses and may take longer for the wearer to adapt to.
What is a Contact Lens Fitting?
- A comprehensive eye exam is required within one year of a contact lens fitting to ensure proper eye health.
- At the contact lens fitting you will be examined to see if you are a contact lens candidate. This examination includes the measurement of the corneal curvature, health assessment of the eye, and an in-office fitting with diagnostic lenses. Proper insertion, removal, and care of contact lenses are also demonstrated.
- Contact lens fitting fees and contact lens prices vary depending on the type of lens used and the patient’s specific needs. Our contact lens specialist will work with your doctor to ensure the best choice of lenses for your unique needs
Other Services That We Offer
Corneal Reshaping Therapy (CRT)
CRT is a sophisticated, non-surgical option that utilizes specially designed contact lenses for the correction of nearsightedness. CRT contact lenses are worn overnight to gently reshape the cornea. Upon awakening, the contact lenses are removed to allow for clear, uncorrected vision during the day. The corneal reshaping is temporary and can be adjusted for prescription changes. If the contact lenses are not worn for several days, the vision will return to its original state.
Now considered a major health concern, myopia (nearsightedness) has increased by 66% in the United States since 1971. Onset can begin as early as age 6, and early detection is the key to prevention and reduction of potentially serious complications later in life.
When left undiagnosed and untreated, myopia (nearsightedness) can lead to a host of complications, such as reduced ability to learn, and later in life
- Cataracts tend to develop sooner in nearsighted eyes.
- Nearsighted people are 2 to 3 times more likely to get glaucoma.
- Myopia increases the risk of retinal detachment.
What Causes Myopia?
Genetics is the primary cause of myopia. Also, how a person uses their eyes such as frequently performing detailed up-close work, or regular use of computers, tablets and cellphones.
How CRT Contact Lenses Treat Myopia
Studies have shown that for children that are myopic, CRT can slow or stop the progression of myopia. Essentially, when the cornea is reshaped with a CRT lens, a secondary ring of power is created around the edges of the pupil. This secondary ring of power changes how the peripheral light lands on the retina. In a myopic eye, light rays from glasses or contact lenses combined with the light rays of our environment, land in the back of the eye out of focus. These defocused light rays send a signal to elongate the eyeball, which in turn can cause more myopia. Therefore, by changing the peripheral light ray defocus, we can slow or stop the signal to elongate the eye!
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