Contact Lenses

Types of Contact Lenses Available at Lawrence Eye Care Associates

Today, wearing eye contacts is more convenient than ever. Millions of people rely on contact lenses for clear vision without glasses. At Lawrence Eye Care Associates, we help our clients in Lawrence, Topeka, Ottawa, KS, and surrounding areas select the type of contact lenses that best suit their needs. Contact us for more information on our services and check out the information below regarding different types of contact lenses. 


Soft Contacts

Our ophthalmologist conducts an exam prior to fitting you for any kind of contact lenses. Soft contacts are by far the most typical choice type of contact lenses. Made of soft plastic polymers and water, they let oxygen through the lens to reach the cornea. You can get them in a variety of styles and prescriptions. 


Many people enjoy tossing their contacts every day, week, or month. There is less protein build-up with short-term usage. These low-maintenance lenses are more convenient than soft lenses and are available for most prescriptions.

Extended Wear

Gas-permeable lenses last up to 30 days. You don't have to take them out at night. However, there are risks. If you decide to sleep with them, you may have a higher risk of infection, abnormal blood vessel growth and corneal ulcers. Some ophthalmologists do not recommend extended wear contacts.

Tinted or Cosmetic Lenses

Whether you need them for vision correction or not, cosmetic lenses are available in a variety of colors and styles. Choose a dramatic or subtle change for a new look. Everyday wear isn't recommended. Check with your Lawrence Eye Care doctor whether your prescription is available in tinted or patterned lenses. 

Gas Permeable Lenses

Gas Permeable lenses are more rigid than soft contacts and allow more oxygen to reach the cornea than soft contact lenses. Since they don't change shape when you blink, your vision may be sharper while wearing them. They are more durable than soft lenses and come in bifocal or multifocal prescriptions. It takes about three to four days to get used to GP lenses and are smaller, meaning they might dislodge more easily than soft contacts.

Toric Contact Lenses

You can wear toric contact lenses to correct astigmatism. Available in soft and GP designs, they have different vertical and horizontal powers. They are more difficult to fit and require a period of adjustment for most wearers.

Bifocal Contact Lenses

Bifocal contact lenses have multiple powers. They deliver clear near and far vision and come in soft and gas-permeable options. They're also available in monovision, where one eye is used for near vision and one is used for far vision.

Contact Lawrence Eye Care Associates today to make an appointment with one of our experienced ophthalmologists, including:

  • Bilal Farhat
  • Curtis R. Brown
  • Michael L. Mulhern
  • Mary Pat Lange

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Some people enjoy contact lenses right away and others need a longer adjustment period. Call Lawrence Eye Care Associates today to get the help and support you need for this important decision about your optical health. We help residents in Lawrence, Topeka, Ottawa, KS, and surrounding areas. 

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