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Contact lenses are a great alternative or complement to glasses to correct your vision. Many patients choose to wear contacts because they are comfortable, great for sports, active lifestyles or for cosmetic appearance. Most people wear soft contact lenses. Contact lenses materials and design have improved in recent years. They correct for near and far sightedness, astigmatism, multifocals (bifocals) and dry eyes. They come in many different materials and modalities such as monthly, biweekly, and daily disposable. So, contact lenses may be for you even if you had difficulty wearing them in the past. 

If you are interested in contacts schedule a contact lens consultation & fitting to discuss lifestyle and health considerations to determine the type of contacts that would best suit your needs.



Everyone’s eyes are unique with different prescriptions, shapes, and sizes. Some patients are able to get away with using “standard” contact lenses while others may be more difficult to fit and require special attention. Dr. Michael Madigan and Dr. Maria Gibbons specialize in fitting patients with all types of contact lenses including those with special visual needs. Dr. Madigan currently treats conditions, such as keratoconus and irregular corneas, post-RK or LASIK patients, presbyopia, high astigmatism, and severe dry eye syndrome. There are many different custom contact lens designs and materials available to address each individual patient’s needs.



Scleral Lenses


Scleral contact lenses are used mainly to treat irregular cornea’s, keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, and severe dry eye. Scleral contact lenses work for keratoconus and irregular corneas by vaulting over the entire cornea which acts like a prosthetic cornea correcting the corneal irregularities and restoring crisp vision to the patient. They also help to improve dry eyes by trapping fluid in between the contact lens and the cornea, keeping the cornea hydrated.


Synergeyes Hybrid Contact Lenses


Synergeyes contact lenses have a hard gas permeable center and an outer ring composed of soft contact lens materials. These lenses are good for patients with intolerance to regular gas permeable lenses, high astigmatism, keratoconus, and presbyopia.

Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses


Rigid Gas Permeable(hard) contact lenses are small hard contact lenses that can be used to correct myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, presbyopia and irregular cornea’s. They offer clear crisp vision but tend to be less comfortable that Scleral or soft lenses.


Custom Soft Spherical and Astigmatism Lenses


Some prescriptions are out of the range of “standard” contact lenses. That doesn’t mean you can’t wear contact lenses. We can fit virtually any prescription with custom made soft contact lenses.


Custom Soft and Gas Permeable Multifocal Contact Lenses


Patients over the age of 40 with and without astigmatism may need a multifocal contact lens to correct both their distance and near vision. Dr. Madigan and Gibbons have been fitting many different custom contact lenses to address both of these issues. Simultaneous vision (multifocal) contact lenses allow you to see both distance and close up objects clearly without the need for “magnifiers”. If you are interested in simultaneous contact lenses, please call 845-876-2222.


 When you see more clearly, you can live life more fully! We want to help make that possible. And with the technology and expertise available to you at Rhinebeck Eye Care, you can more clearly see and enjoy moments and memories that will enhance your entire life experience. We are ready to see you in our Rhinebeck NY or Hudson NY office locations; make your appointment today.

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