With advancing technology there are many different types of contact lenses available today. If you are physically active and glasses get in the way or you just don’t like the look and feel of glasses, contacts may be a good option for you.
Single Vision Lenses
Our standard distance lenses can correct for nearsightedness or farsightedness. The three most common wearing schedules for contacts are daily, bi-weekly, and monthly replacements. Just like it sounds, you wear your contacts for either 1 day, 2 weeks, or 1 month then throw them away and open a new pair. Depending on your schedule and what is easier to remember, our doctors can recommend what type of lens would work best for you. If you don’t plan on wearing contact lenses every day or only want them for playing sports or for special occasions, you may benefit from daily disposable lenses. Daily disposable lenses are also a good option for those who suffer from seasonal allergies.
Toric lenses are used to correct astigmatism. Astigmatism is part of the glasses prescription that is caused by the front surface of your eye being oval shaped and not perfectly spherical. There lenses have a special design to stay lined up in the proper direction.
There are a few different options for presbyopic patients, or those who need bifocals. The first option would be to use contacts to correct your distance vision and then use reading glasses over the top for when you are looking at something up close. A second option is what’s called monovision: Here we correct one eye for distance and the other for up close. The third option is to use multifocal contact lenses. These lenses have both distance and near powers in the same lens so that each eye has the ability to see far away and up close.
There are colored contacts available for anyone who wants to enhance or change their eye color. These lenses can come with your prescription or no prescription.
Contact Lens Care
Patients of any age can wear contact lenses as long as they can make the commitment to care for them properly.
It is very important to wash your hands before handling your lenses. Any dirt or bacteria that are on your hands can be transferred to your eye when putting in your lenses
The solution used to clean and store your lenses should be changed daily. If you reuse solution it can start to grow bacteria, which can also be transferred to your eye.
It is recommended to change your contact lens case every three months.
Do not sleep in your contact lenses unless you have approval from your doctor. There are some lenses approved to sleep in, but not all of them. When you sleep in contact lenses it deprives your eye of oxygen and can lead to many problems.
Change your lenses as directed by your doctor. Different lenses are made to last for certain time periods. After that period the lens can start to break down and cause damage to the surface of your eye.