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Dr. Melman’s Eyeland in Voorhees offers many options for contact lenses.

There are a number of reasons why you might prefer contact lenses to standard eyewear: a glasses-free look, hassle-free vision correction, wearing non-prescription sunwear and goggles, or the convenience of not having to worry about misplacing your glasses. If you have a high prescription or astigmatism, contact lenses may provide more enhanced vision correction than glasses. Today, you can even replace your bifocal glasses with bifocal contact lenses.

Dr. Edward Melman can recommend the best contact lenses for you based on a complete eye examination and a review of your visual needs both at work and play. Since most people can wear more than one type of lens, it’s important to know what the choices are and the advantages and disadvantages to each.

Soft Lenses

These lenses are comfortable to wear and must be replaced monthly, weekly or daily depending on the type you choose. Soft lenses are often recommended for sports because they fit closer to the eye and are more difficult to dislodge. They can provide correction for most prescriptions including astigmatism. Today, with the introduction of newer materials like silicone hydrogels, which allow more oxygen to the eye, patients find it easier than ever to wear soft lenses comfortably. Here are soft lens insertion and removal video instructions and step by step written instructions.

Gas-Permeable (GP) Lenses

Made of moderately flexible plastics, GP lenses offer sharp vision and correct most vision problems. They are more durable than soft contact lenses and can be easier to handle and care for but require a longer adaptation period and consistent wear to maintain adaptation.  Here are video instructions of insertion and removal techniques and a video for proper care of your GP contacts.

Multifocal Lenses

In both soft and GP designs, multifocal lenses offer patients both distance and near vision correction just like a pair of bifocal glasses.

Color Contact Lenses

Enhance your eye color or even change it completely. Colored contact lenses are fun and come in a variety of colors for both light and dark eyes.

Specialty Contacts- Sclerals, Orthokeratology, Hybrids, Theatrical

Distorted irregular corneas found in keratoconus and after injuries may require special designs. Sclerals are large diameter rigid lenses that go beyond the cornea and bathe it in saline. This is often more comfortable than standard rigid lenses and may help dry eye problems as well. Here is an insertion and care video link. Here are also links to get the Saline ampules for your scleral lenses or you can get larger bottles from PuriLens.

Orthokeratology is using specially designed lenses to mold your corneas while asleep so no lenses are needed while awake. This has been shown to reduce the progression of myopia and is especially useful for kids. It’s sometimes thought of as ocular orthodontics. For more information, check the Orthokeratology page.

Theatrical or prosthetic lenses are colored lenses used to completely replace your natural eye color. If you ever wanted zombie whites or devil red eyes they are available. It is also used for injured and disfigured eyes that want a more normal appearance.

Regardless of the type of contact lenses you wear, an annual eye exam is recommended to ensure the continued good health of your eyes. Schedule an appointment for an assessment and advice at Dr. Melman’s Eyeland in Voorhees, and we will be in touch with you shortly.

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