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Why Get Custom Gas Permeable Contact Lenses?

Woman with contacts lying on the groundWearing regular contacts not working for you? Are they uncomfortable or do you feel them slipping when you blink? You can get a closer, more comfortable fit and see better with custom contact lenses.

What Are Custom Gas Permeable Contact Lenses?

Imagine how well a pair of shoes would fit if a podiatrist measured the exact dimensions and curves of your foot and then made a pair of shoes that fit perfectly.

Custom Gas Permeable contact lenses work on a similar principle. Instead of trying to make standard contact lenses fit patients who have irregularly-sized corneas, an optometrist will first measure your cornea to fit your eyes perfectly.

How an Optometrist [Customizes] Gas Permeable Contact Lenses

Regular contact lenses are designed and fitted for standard cornea shapes. When you get a pair of regular contacts, your optometrist will use an instrument called a keratometer to measure the curve of the front section of your cornea. Knowing these 3 measurements allows your optometrist to choose and fit the best ready-made contacts for your eyes .

However, if you have an irregularly-shaped cornea, it can be difficult and even impossible to comfortably wear standard contacts. If you’re getting fitted for custom contact lenses, your optometrist will use a device called a corneal topographer. This instrument maps out the precise curvature of your cornea using multiple data points in the eye for more accurate measurement and a close fit.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Custom Gas Permeable Contact Lenses?

If you have any of the following conditions, custom gas permeable contact lenses may be the right choice:

  • Astigmatism and other vision problems caused by an irregularly-shaped cornea
  • Keratoconus–weakness in the cornea that causes it to bulge forward into a cone shape
  • Eye injury or eye sensitivity
  • Presbyopia–age-related farsightedness caused by a hardening of the eye’s lens
  • Dry eye syndrome–lack of eye moisture which causes dry, reddish, and itchy eyes

Where Can You Get Custom Gas Permeable Contact Lenses?

Want to know more about custom gas permeable contact lenses?  Contact us today at Drs. Farkas, Kassalow, Resnick & Associates to learn whether custom gas permeable contact lenses are right for you. We are proud to serve patients in Manhattan.

Our practice serves patients from New York City, Roslyn, Long Island, and Nassau County, New York and surrounding communities.

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