Every patient is an individual and every patient has a very unique cornea, which is the clear, domed lens that covers the iris, pupil and anterior chamber of the eye. Although to the naked eye, all corneas may look the same, a microscopic look at them would reveal subtle differences that can have a significant impact on the way that contact lenses sit on the surface of the eyes.
WAVE contact lenses are computer-designed contact lenses that are customized to fit the specific shape and size of the patient’s cornea. This means that there are no two WAVE lenses that are alike.
WAVE contact lenses are created using a special map of the corneal surface that is created using a special camera called a topographer. This camera takes enhanced images of the surface of your cornea, which is then digitally described using numbers so that every curve or wrinkle is identified. The map is so accurate that it can identify as many as 10 curves onto an area the same size as the width of an individual hair from your head. By conforming to such tight specifications, WAVE contact lenses offer the patient a superior fit compared to alternative lenses and this results in sharper, crisper vision and unrivaled comfort.
The WAVE technique for the creation of contact lenses has been used across multiple types of lenses, meaning that there is a variety to suit every patient, meaning virtually everyone is a suitable candidate for WAVE lenses. These include:
Single vision lenses. The standard form of lens used in both contact lenses and glasses. These are recommended for patients who only need one prescription to help them to see clearly.
Bifocal vision lenses. As their name suggests, bifocal lenses are used when the patient needs two prescriptions – one to help them see nearby objects clearly, and another to have great distance vision.
Astigmatism. Astigmatism is the name used to describe a cornea that is shaped like a football rather a soccer ball. WAVE lenses for astigmatism take this abnormality into account into the design to ensure supreme comfort. This means that patients with this condition can benefit from superior contact lenses.
Keratoconus WAVE lenses. These lenses are designed specifically for patients with keratoconus – a condition that causes the progressive thinning and bulging of the cornea. Many people who have keratoconus find that they are unable to wear regular contact lenses. However, WAVE’s unique customization means that the lenses are created with your exact specifications, making it possible for patients with keratoconus to experience clear vision using contact lenses.
Orthokeratology lenses. Orthokeratology, or Ortho-K, is an innovative treatment that enables temporary correction of your vision so that you don’t need to wear glasses or contact lenses during the day. Ortho-K lenses are worn overnight where they gradually reshape the cornea into the position needed to see clearly. In addition to helping control patient vision during the day, the use of Ortho-K lenses has also been shown to be effective at slowing the progression of myopia – the most common refractive eye condition and the leading cause of wearing glasses/contact lenses. Again, WAVE Ortho-K lenses are bespoke, made precisely as you need them to help manage and control your myopia.
If you would like to learn more about WAVE lenses, or if you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss your candidacy for this cutting-edge treatment, please contact our office in El Paso, TX.