When thinking about contact lenses, our Dorchester optometrist, James Deavers, OD, PA, will perform the standard eye exam that will test your visual clarity using an eye chart. Once the doctor has finished the standard exam, he measures your eyes to make sure that lenses sit properly over your corneas. You may also be asked to wear trial lenses during the visit to see how your eyes handle them. Our eye doctors are able to provide you with various contact lens options, choosing between multifocal, bifocal, rigid or soft lenses. You also have the option to change the color of your eyes with colored lenses. Because there are so many lens choices, our educated doctors will listen closely to your goals and choose the lens that best suits your needs and lifestyle
Soft contact lenses are made of soft, flexible plastics that allow oxygen to pass through to the cornea. They may be easier to adjust to and are more comfortable than rigid gas permeable contact lenses (RGPs). The newer soft lens materials include silicone-hydrogels to provide more oxygen to your eye while you wear your lenses. RGPs are more durable and resistant to deposit buildup, and usually give a crisper, clearer vision. RGP’s also tend to be less expensive over the life of the lens since they last longer than soft contact lenses. Although they are easier to handle and less likely to tear, our Dorchester optometrist will explain that RGP’s are not as comfortable, initially, as soft contacts and it may take a few weeks to get used to wearing them.
Another breakthrough in contact lens technology is the toric lens. Our Dorchester optometrist, Dr. Deavers, is very happy to be able to offer our patients with astigmatism, the freedom of contact lenses. These amazing toric lenses are specifically designed in a way that balances the irregular shape of the cornea. Made from the same materials as regular contact lenses, they can be either soft or rigid gas permeable (hard) and provide the crispest vision. Conventional contact lenses correct vision in the same way that glasses do, only they are in contact with your eye.