Specialty Contact Lenses

Specialty Contact Lenses Specialist

If you’ve never been able to wear contacts comfortably due to astigmatism or other eye abnormalities, the team at In Focus Vision Center & Eyecare in Piscataway, New Jersey can help. Top optometrist Ray Corbin-Simon, OD can get you fitted for modern specialty contact lenses right away. Book your contact lens exam by requesting an appointment online, or by calling the office.

Specialty Contact Lenses Q & A

Why do I need specialty contact lenses?

Regular contact lenses tend to come in specific shapes and measurements that are more of a one-size-fits-all solution. They don’t work for everyone, though.

Specialty contact lenses are specifically designed for hard-to-fit eyes. You might need specialty contact lenses if you have:

  • Astigmatism

  • Chronic dry eyes

  • Keratoconus

  • Presbyopia

  • Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC)

In some cases, it’s common to need specialty contact lenses after post-refractive surgery, including LASIK. You don’t always need specialty contact lenses for both eyes. If you have astigmatism in just one eye, for instance, you might be able to wear a traditional lens in the other eye.

Are there different types of specialty contact lenses?

Yes. Specialty contact lenses are designed to correct your vision while accounting for the abnormality in your eye. Some of the most common types of specialty contact lenses are described below.

Gas permeable

Gas permeable contact lenses are made from rigid oxygen-permeable material that helps them keep their shape, without conforming to the shape of your cornea. These contacts are ideal if you have keratoconus. You may need piggybacking contact lenses to provide cushioning so your gas permeable lenses are more comfortable.

Daily wears

Daily wear contacts are made from soft, thin materials that allow oxygen to breathe through, but these contacts shouldn’t be worn for more than a day. If you suffer from papillary conjunctivitis, daily wears are an ideal option.


Toric contact lenses are designed to correct the abnormal curvature of astigmatism, so you can see more clearly. They’re available in both soft and rigid gas permeable materials.

Or if you have issues with dry eyes, your optometrist at In Focus Vision Center & Eyecare can find specialty contact lenses that are made of materials that retain moisture.

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How long does it take to get specialty contact lenses?

The optometry team at In Focus Vision Center & Eyecare carries many lines of specialty contact lenses right in the office. In many cases, you can go home with a trial pair the same day as your contact lens exam to ensure your contacts fit comfortably.

It’s generally recommended to come back in for a follow-up visit after a few days to ensure your new specialty contacts are fitting correctly. As long as they’re working for you, the team can either fill your prescription on the spot or if needed, order your set of specialty contact lenses.

If you need specialty contact lenses, schedule an eye exam at In Focus Vision Center & Eyecare. Click on the online scheduling feature to book, or call the office.

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