Contact Lenses

Accent Vision Specialists

Optometric Physicians & Dry Eye Disease Specialists located in Santa Fe, NM

About 41 million Americans use contact lenses as a safe and effective form of vision correction. All contact lenses, even cosmetic ones, are medical devices that need to be prescribed by a doctor. Dwight Thibodeaux, OD, and Paul Tachau, OD, at Accent Vision Specialists offer professional contact lens fittings along with individual instructions for wear and care. If you need prescription lenses but are tired of wearing glasses, call the Santa Fe, New Mexico, office to make an appointment today.

Contact Lenses Q & A

What are contact lenses?

Contact lenses are thin, curved lenses placed directly on the film of tears on the surface of your eye. Patients usually use contact lenses to correct their vision when they don’t want to wear glasses all the time or are reluctant to have their vision surgically corrected.

Accent Vision Specialists addresses different vision conditions and offers a wide selection of contact lenses that include:

  • Multifocal lenses
  • Monovision lenses
  • Astigmatic lenses
  • Cosmetic lenses
  • Medically necessary lenses

The expert staff examines you and maps out the surface of your eye so they can precisely align the contact lens to each individual cornea for the best possible fit.

What if you’re not a good candidate for contact lenses?

The staff at Accent Vision Specialists are trained in difficult lens fittings. In addition to common contact lens designs, the practice also offers:

  • SynergEyes®
  • Post-surgical lenses
  • Scleral lens designs
  • Piggyback systems
  • Keratoconus specific lenses
  • Soft and rigid gas-permeable multifocal lenses

The practice is known for its expertise in scleral lenses that are notoriously difficult to fit. They’ve also had great success treating patients with irregular corneas from a disease such as keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, or post-surgical complications.

How are scleral lenses different from regular contact lenses?

Scleral contact lenses are considerably bigger than other contacts and rest on the sclera — the whites of your eyes — instead of only a portion of your cornea like normal contacts do.

Scleral contacts leave a small gap of tears between the lens and your eye, which keeps you more comfortable and allows better vision. Since they are larger than regular contacts, patients find scleral contact lenses more stable and less likely to move out of place.

Patients with irregularly shaped corneas, severe dry eyes, or irregularities on their eyes that make it impossible to see well with regular contacts or glasses can benefit from scleral contacts.

What is Corneal Refractive Therapy with Paragon CRT®?

Corneal Refractive Therapy is a non-surgical process that temporarily corrects myopia and/or moderate amounts of astigmatism. This is done by reshaping the cornea while the patient sleeps.

Recent clinical research combined with the latest corneal surface mapping technology, computerized manufacturing, and new, more breathable materials have brought new science to corneal reshaping. 

Similar in appearance to standard contact lenses, Paragon CRT therapeutic lenses gently reshape the corneal surface during sleep and provide clear, natural vision when the lenses are removed upon waking.

This technology can offer freedom from glasses and the irritation of wearing contact lenses during the day. Paragon CRT can enhance enrich the lives of those wearing prescription eyewear. 

This is great for people in sports without the worry of breaking their eyeglasses or losing their contact lenses. Decrease eye irritation and dryness often associated with wearing contact lenses outside due to dust and pollutants.

To learn more about contact lenses, schedule an appointment at Accent Vision Specialists today.