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Vision Correction: Contact Lenses

There are a number of reasons why you might prefer contact lenses to standard eyewear: a glasses-free look, hassle-free vision correction, wearing non-prescription sunwear and goggles and the convenience of never having to worry about misplacing your glasses. If you have a high prescription or astigmatism, contact lenses may provide improved vision. Today, you can even replace your bifocal glasses with bifocal contact lenses.

Your doctor will recommend the best contact lenses for your eyes based on a complete eye examination and a review of your visual needs both at work and play. Success with contact lenses depends upon a certain amount of motivation and a commitment on your part. You must learn to take proper care of both the lenses and your eyes.

Good candidates for contact lenses will possess the following characteristics:

  • Realistic expectations about contact lens wear
  • The ability to follow directions on the regular care and cleaning of contact lenses
  • A prescription that lends itself to contact lenses
  • No eye health problems

Material and Wearing Schedules

Contact lenses are available in a variety of materials and wearing schedules. Since most people can wear more than one type of lens, it’s important to know what the choices are and the advantages or disadvantages to each.

SOFT LENSES
Are comfortable to wear almost from the start. Soft lenses can be replaced once a year, quarterly, monthly or every week depending on the type you chose. (See schedule below.) Soft lenses are often recommended for sports because they fit closer to the eye and are more difficult to dislodge. Soft lenses can correct most prescriptions including patients needing astigmatism correction. Today with the introduction of newer materials like Silicone Hydrogels, which allow more oxygen to the eye, patients find it easier than ever to wear soft lenses comfortably.

GAS-PERMEABLE (GP) LENSES
Are made of slightly flexible plastics that offer sharp vision and correct most vision problems. They are more durable than soft contact lenses and can be easier to handle and care for but require a longer adaptation period and consistent wear to maintain adaptation.

MULTIFOCAL LENSES
In both soft and GP designs and offer patients both distance and near vision correction just like a pair of bifocal glasses.

COLOR CONTACT LENSES
Enhance your eye color or even change it completely. Colored contact lenses are fun, exciting, and come in a variety of colors for both light and dark eyes.

SILICONE HYDROGELS
Are soft contact lenses that have high oxygen permeability comparable to GP lenses.

Type of Contact Lens Replace Lens Every:
Daily Disposable (Throw-Away Each Night) 1 Day
Disposable (Remove Each Night) 2 Weeks
Disposable (Overnight Wear) 1 Week
Disposable (Continuous 30-Day Wear) 1 Month
Frequent Replacement 1 – Several Months
Conventional 1 Year

Contact lenses are more versatile than glasses making it easier to participate in a number of outdoor activities and sports such as jogging, golf, tennis, skiing or skating. By wearing contact lenses you now have the option of choosing from a variety of non-prescription sport and fashion sunglasses.

5 TIPS FOR CONTACT LENS WEAR AND CARE

  • Never wear your contact lenses beyond the recommended wearing schedule.
  • Never share your contact lenses with another person. This can lead to eye infections and diseases.
  • Always wash your hands before handling your contact lenses.
  • Only use the recommended cleaning and storage solutions for your contact lenses. Mixing or switching solutions can be harmful to your lenses and may cause complications with the health of your eyes.
  • Keep your contact lens case clean and filled with fresh solution.

Regardless of the type of contact lenses you wear, a periodic eye exam is recommended to ensure the continued good health of your eyes.