A Guide to Lenses for Eye Disorders and Refractive Errors


Do you have an eye condition that requires you to wear lenses? In this blog post, we'll give you a rundown of the different types of lenses Eye and Contact Lens Center our optometrist may prescribe for different eye disorders and refractive errors in Kirkland, WA.

Myopia (Nearsightedness)

A common type of vision correction prescribed for myopia are glasses, which can correct for both near and far vision. If you have a mild case of myopia, you may only need to wear glasses as needed. However, if your myopia is more severe, you'll likely need to wear glasses all the time.

There are several types of contacts that can correct nearsightedness, including soft contacts, gas-permeable contacts, and hybrid contacts. Ortho-k lenses can correct myopia overnight.


A type of vision correction prescribed for astigmatism is a toric lens, which has different curvatures to correct for the unevenness of the cornea. Toric lenses come in both hard and soft varieties; our optometrist will be able to help you decide which type is right for you. You can also benefit from wearing other types of contact lenses. Gas permeable and hybrid contacts are both good options.

Hyperopia (Farsightedness)

Often, farsightedness can be corrected with a simple pair of reading glasses. For people with hyperopia, there are different types of contact lenses that can be used, including soft contacts and gas-permeable contacts. Soft contacts are usually recommended for people with hyperopia, while gas-permeable contacts are usually reserved for those who might have dry eye syndrome.


For those with keratoconus, scleral lenses may be the best choice for vision correction. Scleral lenses are bigger than traditional contact lenses and can be more comfortable for those with keratoconus.

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The best type of lens for you will depend on factors like the severity of your condition and your personal preferences. If you have any questions about which type of lens is right for your needs in Kirkland, WA, contact us at the Eye and Contact Lens Center.

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