If you have ever watched a movie, you know Hollywood excels at bringing on special effects. Whether it be a thriller or comedy you may notice a character who has supernatural, misdirected or aged eyes, if so, chances are (s)he is wearing prosthetic contact lenses. The ability to create these illusions using contact lenses is finding other useful purposes beyond the big screen. Optometrists are utilizing prosthetic contact lenses with patients and changing their lives in the process. There are several benefits to using these lenses including helping those who have suffered an eye injury, congenital, or infectious disease.
What are Prosthetic Contact Lenses?
Similar to conventional soft contact lenses, prosthetic ones are made from the same materials and require the same type of care. The difference is in their colors which can range from transparent, opaque to hand-painted shades. Specially designed to help those with imperfections of the eye, prosthetic contact lenses are customized to match the color and appearance of the healthy eye. They are prescribed by an ophthalmologist/optometrist after a full eye exam.
What Conditions Can They be Used For?
There are numerous reasons a patient may want to use these specialty lenses. Whether you suffer from a disfigured cornea as a result of a congenital defect, surgical complication, infectious disease, poor nutrition, accident or injury, prosthetic contact lenses can potentially be of benefit to you. Other therapeutic uses include eliminating diplopia, or double vision, photophobia, which is an intolerance to light, or color deficiencies. It is essential to seek out a qualified eye doctor if you are considering using these contacts.
Am a Candidate?
In order to determine if you can benefit from these special lenses, you must contact your optometrist or ophthalmologist. (S)he will discuss your situation and what your expectations are for the lens. You must understand going into your appointment that although these therapeutic contacts are designed to match a healthy eye, it is not possible to match them perfectly. Because a prosthetic fitting requires additional considerations that vary from a standard soft lens fitting, your eye doctor will record numerous measurements to help ensure a proper fit.
How Long Do These Lenses Last?
Both standard and custom prosthetic contact lenses can fade over time, so you must be prepared for the fact they will not last forever. You must follow the cleaning and disinfecting instructions given to you by your ophthalmologist or optometrist to maintain their quality as long as possible. On the other hand, soft lenses that are hand-painted will have the color bonded within the matrix of the lens so fading should not be an issue when using the proper care solution.
We at ReVision Optometry understand how important prosthetic contacts can be to one’s self-esteem. If you or a loved one is considering these necessary contact lenses, please give us a call to set up an appointment and let us discuss how we can help you with your vision needs.