There are more options in contact lenses than ever before. Modern technology has made it possible for people to wear contacts that once were unable to due to astigmatism or a type of vision problem. Now, it is possible for us to help patients make the transition from glasses to contacts in an easier and more seamless fashion. There are also several styles to choose from which makes it easier to find the solution that works best both for comfort and lifestyle.
If you are curious about contacts and how they can improve your vision we encourage you to visit our clinic for an examination and consultation. In the meantime, here are some basics that you should know.
Contacts lenses can be thrown away
It is no longer necessary to buy a pair of contacts and continue to use the same ones for six months or longer. It is difficult to keep a pair of contacts clean and in good condition for such a long period of time. Naturally, some people are very good at it and have no issues at all. Children, for example, are not a good fit for the long-term contacts.
Most of our patients find it to be more convenient to use contacts that are disposable and temporary. There are several types available now, including:
These are contacts that can be worn for up to 24 hours and then thrown away, requiring no to little care.
These can last for up to two weeks. However, the owner takes them out at night to soak and clean if necessary.
Some soft contacts are worn for a month, removed nightly, cleaned daily and replaced once a month.
Some contacts last longer
Other contacts can last for six months to a year, maintaining a daily cleaning schedule. The benefit to these type of contact lenses is that they require purchasing fewer contacts at a time and tend to be easier to store.
However, the risk is that the contacts will become dirty or damaged over time and if those contacts are worn it could cause damage to the eye. We do not recommend these for people who are very busy and unsure about their ability to remove contacts at night or to keep them clean and safe.
Recommending the right pair
As an eye doctor, it helps us to have a detailed conversation with the patient about their lifestyle and daily routine. This does require some self-introspection but it is worthwhile to select the pair of lenses that is going to work best in the short and long-term.
You can change your eye color
Another benefit of contact lenses is that you can change your eye color. Whether this is something that you wish to do temporarily for fun or you want to do on a long-term basis, we can help by providing prescription contacts that change your eyes to the beautiful shade you have always dreamed of. To learn more about all of these options, call and schedule an appointment today.