6 Benefits of Soft Prosthetic Contact Lenses
Soft prosthetic contact lenses are intended to provide cosmetic, therapeutic, and psychological benefits. Patients who require these contact lenses often have congenital eye abnormalities or have experienced traumatic injuries that have disfigured their eyes or corneas in some way. By fitting these patients with custom-made soft prosthetic or cosmetic lenses, we can provide a solution that is comfortable and offers a long list of significant benefits.
Here are six of the biggest benefits that these lenses can provide:
- They deliver cosmetic enhancement. The patients who come to us seeking soft prosthetic contact lenses are often interested in the cosmetic benefits. These patients are living with eye scars, disfigurements, or congenital defects that are visually noticeable. Using the right prosthetic lens can often render these injuries much less noticeable.
- They look natural. We work closely with patients to make sure that our prosthetic and cosmetic soft lenses match the look of their natural eyes as closely as possible. We have several methods—ranging from transparent tinting to custom hand-painting—that allow us to create lenses that closely mimic the look, shape, size, color, and even patterning of your real eyes. We’ve been told more than once by our patients that our cosmetic lenses are functional works of art.
- They boost confidence. Sometimes, the aesthetics or feel of a prosthetic contact lens are not the most important factors—one of the less tangible assets that these lenses can provide is a greater feeling of confidence and self-esteem in our patients. Because eye injuries or defects are so visible, they can affect how patients feel when they are out in public or interacting. Cosmetic lenses that mimic the look of a natural eye give patients the ability to feel more at home in their own skin.
- They help with excessive light sensitivity. Eye trauma often causes problems with photophobia, or light sensitivity. By damaging or affecting the iris in a way that creates excess pupil dilation or irregular pupil opening, an eye injury can reduce the ability of the eye to filter light properly. Our soft prosthetic lenses can help simulate a more normal pupil size and dilation, which helps with light sensitivity.
- They can address problems with double vision. Another issue that can often accompany eye trauma is double vision—either chronically or short-term during recovery. Wearing an eye patch is one way to address this problem, but it can have long-term consequences for vision development and recovery and is neither the most comfortable option nor the most subtle. We can design occluder prosthetic lenses for this purpose, which prevent double vision by incorporating a black pupil that blocks out light to one eye.
- They can enhance contrast and color vision. Have you ever put on a pair of sunglasses and been amazed at how the special tinting on the lenses enhances your vision in certain ways? The right color and tint of sunglasses can help with color deficiencies in your eyesight, maximize contrast, and deliver other advantages. Whether you are struggling with partial color blindness or looking for a way to improve your visual performance during sporting events, we can provide colored prosthetic lenses that will help.
Many patients believe that their options for contact lenses are limited to a few standard varieties. Custom-made specialty lenses allow eye doctors to deliver a very broad range of benefits for their patients. Our soft prosthetic lenses are proof of this fact, with benefits ranging from the aesthetic to the therapeutic.
If you would like to learn more about this contact lens, or if you are ready to get fitted for a custom set of lenses, contact us today.