Contact Lenses

Kevin D. Gunnerson, O.D.

Optometrist located in Moberly, MO

If you’ve discovered that your eyesight could use a little help, but the thought of glasses doesn’t appeal to you, contact lenses provide an excellent solution. To figure out whether contact lenses are right for you, sit down with Dr. Kevin Gunnerson to discuss the pros and cons. At his practice in Moberly, Missouri, Dr. Gunnerson offers a full range of contact lenses to suit every lifestyle and vision goal. If you’d like to explore the world of contacts, call the office or schedule a consultation using the online form.

Contact Lenses Q & A

What are contact lenses?

Contacts are tiny lenses you place directly over your eyes to help you see more clearly. Contact lenses correct the same vision problems that glasses do, including:

Myopia, or nearsightedness

Your eyes focus light in front of your retina, instead of directly on it, which leads to problems viewing things at a distance.

Hyperopia, or farsightedness

Your eyes focus light beyond your retina, which affects your ability to see objects close to you.


With astigmatism, your cornea is misshapen, causing light to refract unevenly. Astigmatism can cause a number of vision distortions, depending upon the extent of the condition.

These vision issues are not exclusive of one another, so you can suffer from more than one. Luckily, contact lenses can correct most vision problems.


What are the different types of contact lenses?

Contact lenses come in many types to fit every eye, eye problem, and lifestyle. When you consult with Dr. Gunnerson, he reviews your vision problem and your goals to find the right solution for you, which may include:

Soft contact lenses

As the name suggests, these lenses are malleable, allowing them to fit comfortably over your eyes. While the fit is snug, these lenses are gas permeable, which allows oxygen to reach your eyes.

Soft contact lenses come in different versions, such as:

  • Disposable: daily, weekly, biweekly, or monthly
  • Daily wear lenses, which you need to remove each night before bed
  • Extended-wear lenses, which you can sleep in


Hard contact lenses

If you have moderate to severe astigmatism, hard contact lenses provide a great solution that bypasses the irregular shape of your eye, allowing light to refract properly on your retina. These lenses are also a good option for seasonal allergy sufferers because they allow oxygen to flow freely to your eyes.

Once you’ve determined which type of contact lens makes the most sense for your eyes, you may also choose whether you’d like bifocal contacts. You can even choose a colored contact lens to give your eyes a new look.


How do I care for my contact lenses?

When Dr. Gunnerson and his team deliver your contact lenses, they make sure you understand how to care for them properly, because contact lenses do need regular attention, including:

  • Cleaning, only with the recommended products
  • Regular replacement
  • Proper storage




To learn more about how contact lenses can give you a new outlook on life, call Dr. Kevin Gunnerson, or use the booking tool on this website to schedule an appointment.