Multifocal Contact Lenses
Multifocal contact lenses function the same way as bifocals and progressive eyeglasses, correcting refractive errors for multiple distances.
Scleral Contact Lenses
Scleral contact lenses are designed to sit atop the cornea and the whites of the eye. Scleral contacts are typically prescribed for those with chronically dry eyes, keratoconus (cone-shaped cornea), Sjögren's syndrome (autoimmune disease-causing dry eyes), microphthalmia (a developmental disorder where one or both eyes are abnormally small), aniridia (absence of the iris), as well as other eye conditions, disorders, and injuries. As they are designed to overlap the sclera, scleral lenses are larger than regular contact lenses. These types of contacts also feature a reservoir over the cornea to moisten the area with artificial tears.
Decorative and Cosmetic Contact Lenses
Decorative and cosmetic contacts do not typically correct refractive errors of your eyes but are designed to alter their appearance and/or colour. Previously, decorative and cosmetic contact lenses were unregulated but highly scrutinized for unintentional injuries to wearers. That changed on July 16th of 2016 when a new federal law came into effect that regulated contact lenses as a Class II medical device in Canada. Under this new regulation, cosmetic and decorative contact lenses in Victoria can only be fitted by a licensed eye care professional.