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Types of Lenses

Soft contact lenses are made of a hydro-gel polymer and are oxygen permeable. Since they contain up to 80% water, they are easy to adapt to and very comfortable to wear. These lenses are used by the majority of patients. Depending on your prescription and lifestyle, the optometrist may recommend soft contact lenses that are disposed of daily, weekly or monthly.

Toric soft contact lenses are designed for patients with astigmatism.

Bifocal soft contact lenses are designed for those over age 40 who need correction for both near and far vision.

Cosmetic and colored soft contact lenses are available in several shades for those who wish to change the color of their eyes.

Rigid gas permeable contact lenses are made of firmer plastic. Although there is a slightly longer adaptation period, many patients find that they offer crisper vision than soft contact lenses. Because rigid gas permeable lenses are more durable, they are replaced yearly.

SynergEyes Lenses for Kerataconus

SynergEyes lenses, a new option for hard-to-fit patients, are hybrid contact lenses with a rigid gas permeable center and soft silicone skirt. These lenses are a good choice for patients with kerataconus, corneal surgery or other cornea abnormalities.

SynergEyes uses innovative technology to combine the crisp vision of a rigid gas-permeable contact lens with the all-day comfort of a soft contact lens. They are more comfortable than traditional contacts, stay centered, and are less likely to become dislocated. High oxygen transmission and tear flow promote excellent eye health. The lenses are replaced every six months.

Benefits include:

  • Sharper vision
  • Increased comfort and lens stability
  • Increased wearing time
  • Less glare and light sensitivity

Dr. Geoffrey Kaplan is among the limited number of optometrists selected to receive special training on prescribing and fitting SynergEyes lenses. If you are interested in this new option for correcting your keratoconus, call 215.672.3960 for an appointment with Dr. Kaplan.

CRT Overnight Contact Lenses

Conventional contact lenses are worn during the day and removed at night, however, CRT, or Corneal Refractive Therapy, uses specially designed oxygen permeable lenses to reshape the cornea overnight, while sleeping. Patients simply remove the lenses when they wake up, and are able to go through the day with clear vision.

CRT is ideal for swimmers, boaters and active people who often lose contacts or break their glasses during sports, and is also a good choice for those who work or play in a dusty environment that may irritate daytime contact lenses.

CRT treats nearsightedness with or without moderate astigmatism. There are no age restrictions, making CRT an option for adolescents too young for LASIK vision correction surgery. The $1,500 fee for CRT includes an examination, fitting, lenses and follow-up visits for one year. A free pair of spare lenses (a $250 value) is also included in the fee. Financing is available.

Geoffrey Kaplan, OD, is certified to fit the Paragon brand of CRT lenses, which have been approved by the FDA for nighttime use. For a free CRT consultation with Dr. Kaplan, call 215.672.3960.