Contact Lenses Specialist

Specs Appeal

Optometry located in St. George, UT & Mesquite, NV

Contact lenses are an effective way to improve your vision and correct conditions like astigmatism and presbyopia. At Specs Appeal, experienced optometrists Chad Waggoner, OD, and Reed Gibb, OD, offer comprehensive contact lens exams to custom-fit lenses to your eyes. The optical store features a variety of contact lens brands and types so that you can order your prescription lenses on-site right after your exam. Call the office in St. George, Utah, today to schedule a fitting for contact lenses, or book a consultation online.

Contact Lenses Q & A

What are contact lenses?

Contact lenses are thin, plastic discs that you wear over the surface of your eye to improve your vision. The clear discs float on the natural tear film that covers your eyes and helps focus light properly on your retina in the back of your eye.

An alternative to eyeglasses, contact lenses correct refractive disorders like:

  • Nearsightedness (myopia)
  • Farsightedness (hyperopia)
  • Astigmatism (distorted vision)
  • Presbyopia (age-related vision changes)

In some cases, contact lenses can improve vision better than eyeglasses because the lenses sit directly on your eyes and move as your eye moves.

What types of contact lenses are available?

There are two primary types of contact lenses available at Specs Appeal: hard contact lenses and soft contact lenses.

Depending on your needs, Dr. Waggoner and Dr. Gibb can recommend the best type after a contact lens exam. Available contact lens options include:

Hard lenses

Hard contact lenses are made from plastic and other materials. These firm lenses hold their shape but allow oxygen to flow through your eye.

Rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses are a type of hard lens that can be beneficial for correcting astigmatism and keratoconus, a condition that causes your cornea to thin out and bulge. Both of these conditions lead to distorted vision that RGP lenses can help clear more effectively than other types of contact lenses.

Soft lenses

Soft lenses are a popular choice because they tend to be more comfortable than hard and RGP lenses.

Soft lenses are available in a variety of types, including daily wear, extended wear, and toric contacts. Toric lenses can correct astigmatism but often not as effectively as RGP lenses.

If you have presbyopia, an age-related condition that affects people over 40. This condition makes it more difficult for you to read or see things up close clearly. Different types of contacts are available to treat presbyopia, including bifocal and multifocal lenses.

Are contact lenses right for me?

Many people can wear prescription contact lenses comfortably to correct their vision. Before you order your contacts, Dr. Waggoner and Dr. Gibb need to perform a contact lens exam to custom-fit the lenses to your eye.

They can also evaluate your overall eye health and ensure your natural tear production will support comfortable lens wear.

Specs Appeal offers a wide range of contact lens brands and types so that you can purchase your new lenses in-office after your exam. The providers also provide routine contact lens exams to monitor your vision improvement and eye health in the long term.

Call the Specs Appeal office nearest to you today to schedule a custom fitting for contact lenses, or book a consultation online.