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More Types of Contact LensesToric Contact Lenses
Toric contact lenses are for those with astigmatism, which is when the curvature of the cornea is not spherical. Light is focused on two places on the retina instead of just one, which results in blurry or even double vision. Mild astigmatism may not require a special toric contact lens, but if you are particular about crisp vision, toric lenses may be the answer. Toric contact lenses come in either soft or rigid gas permeable materials depending on how much correction you need. Because toric contact lenses require more expertise in fitting that regular contact lenses, the eye exam as well as the contact lenses themselves will be more expensive.

Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses

The changes in your eyes due to aging can affect everyone. After you turn 40, you may start to notice that you have a harder time reading menus, newspapers and books unless you hold them further away from your face. This is because as the eye ages, it has less flexibility and is unable to focus as well on close-up things. Bifocal contacts and multifocal contacts can help with this condition by having two (or more) powers in one contact lens. In bifocal contacts, you might have one power at the top of the lens and one at the bottom, which requires that the lens be weighted so it doesn’t move on the eye. Or the contact lens could be made with concentric circles. Both of these bifocal contacts might require adjustment time. Multifocal contacts have both powers mixed in together on one contact lens; the eye itself will chose which power it needs in any particular circumstance.

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Color Contacts
Color contacts are for tinting or even completely changing the color of your iris. Even if you don’t need vision correction, you can wear color contacts.

Crazy Contacts

If you’re in a dramatic production, have a Halloween costume party to attend, or just want to “wow” your friends, crazy contacts are available that can make you look like you have cat’s eyes, alien eyes, bloodshot eyes-your imagination is the only limit. Crazy contacts should only be purchased after you see your eye care professional for a prescription so you can be sure you have the right size and curve for your crazy contacts.