Contact Lenses Vision Without Eyeglasses
Bifocal Contact Lenses
Are you having trouble reading text on your smart phone? Is reading a menu in a dimly lit restaurant becoming a nuisance? If you are in the fourth decade of life or beyond, reading glasses are not your only option. Bifocal contact lenses may be the perfect solution to allow you to experience the world both distance and near with greater clarity. Bifocal contact lenses come in both soft and rigid gas permeable. Both have their advantages, depending on your particular correction needs.
At Primary Eye Care Associates, OD PA, we believe in providing you the best in contact lens technology on the market to allow you to achieve the functional vision you need. In the past, many doctors would advise monovision, whereby one eye is fit for distance and the other eye is fit for near. Bifocal contact lenses offer much more normal depth perception and with advancing presbyopia, usually offer you more comfortable reading compared to monovision. We now can offer you several options to help you with your computer, work or social visual demands. Dr. Satterfield has over 25 years experience fitting bifocal contact lenses. Call our office for an appointment to explore your options. Are you having dry eyes? We can help that too.
Corneal Refractive Therapy
Would you like to be free of your glasses or contact lenses during working hours? Did you know LASIK surgery is not your only option? Corneal Refractive Therapy or CRT is a technologically advanced, non-surgical, and non-invasive process that reshapes the cornea while you sleep. Just imagine putting in a contact lens before bed and being able to wake up with 20/20 vision that next morning! Patients who are a candidate wear uniquely designed oxygen permeable contact lenses while you sleep and remove the lenses in the morning. During the day patients enjoy the benefits of clear vision without correction.
This procedure is ideal for people with mild to moderate amounts of myopia and astigmatism. Corneal Refractive Therapy is ideal for dry eye patients, athletes, teenagers. Dr. Satterfield is an FDA certified specialist in this process. The cost is only one third the cost of LASIK surgery. Now you have a safe and non-surgical means to correct your vision. Click the link below to learn more about the Paragon CRT lenses: www.paragoncrt.com
Keratoconus Contact Lenses
Keratoconus is a degenerative process of the cornea (the clear front part of the eye) that occurs when the normally round cornea begins to thin at the center and becomes irregular and cone shaped. This distorted and irregular shape of the cornea prevents the light that enters the eye from being focused correctly on the retina and causes distortion of vision. Usually individuals with keratoconus cannot wear glasses and obtain good vision so contact lenses are often considered a medical necessity.
At Primary Eye Care Associates, OD PA, Dr. Satterfield has many years experience fitting these complex cases. We have special diagnostic equipment such as ocular coherent tomography to image the cornea, and other ways contact lens in Asheville, NC to follow progression. We also offer the latest advancements in contact lens design and treatment. The newest treatment is corneal crosslinking, a procedure that stabilizes the weakened cornea and can help keep the cornea from becoming more distorted.
The symptoms of keratoconus usually begin in the late teens or early 20s. The patient may often experience blurring, distortions and light sensitivity Often keratoconus may progress for 10-20 years and then slow in its progression. Specially designed rigid contact lenses help create a clear image and correct for the higher order optical aberrations. In rare cases a corneal transplant may be the final solution, so it is important to have either the new corneal cross-linking procedure, which involves special drops placed onto the eye and exposing the cornea to certain wavelengths of light to strengthen the collagen bondings, or special contact lenses may provide you years of clear vision. Dr. Satterfield can help advise you which condition is better for your case and your budget.