An everything guide to contact lenses
Contact lenses are something we have all heard of, and something that most spectacle wearers have probably considered. But when it comes to contact lenses, there are still many myths and questions out there about who is an appropriate candidate for contacts.
There are many reasons why people choose to wear contact lenses. One of the main reasons people want contacts is they simply don’t like wearing spectacles. Whether it’s because they enjoy outdoor activities, sports, the type of job they have, or they simply don’t like the look of glasses, contacts are a great alternative. Other reasons people often enjoy contact lenses is the fact they are able to wear sunglasses without needing them to be prescription, or reading a book when lying down without the frame getting in the way. Regardless of the reasons, it is likely most people will be great contact lens candidates.
Contact lenses now come in a huge range of powers and options. Whether a patient is short sighted, long sighted, wears progressives or bifocals, or even simple reading glasses, contacts can still work.
Astigmatism can now also be corrected easily. Patients who were previously told their prescription was not compatible are likely now suitable for contacts. Most people are aware it is possible to correct for excellent distance vision, however, now with progressive contact lenses we can correct people for distance and reading vision.
With the huge range available nearly all prescriptions can be fitted so always ask about them at your next eye examination.
If you go ahead with them you will be shown how to insert and remove the contacts, and given trial lenses to use before deciding if you want to stick with contacts.
The most common reason people tend to avoid contacts is due to some myths and misconceptions about them. Contact lenses being uncomfortable is a common one. With new materials such silicon hydrogel, contacts are now very comfortable and can often be worn for most of the day with no problems, says optometrist Jacob Benefield.
Another common concern is feeling nervous about insertion and removal of the contact lens. This just comes with practice and very few patients actually cease wearing contacts because they are too difficult to handle. As lenses have developed over the years, there are now even daily options which don’t require any cleaning or maintenance, another factor that people are often concerned about.
It is still true that contact lenses have a small increase in risk of infection, but again with new materials, cleaning solutions and by following your optometrist’s instructions, contacts are very safe to use.
Contact lenses are becoming more common as lens materials improve and the range of powers increase.
We can now fit nearly all patients’ prescriptions successfully and safely, says optometrist Harriet Pita.
Patients often find contacts lenses easier to use, care for and less expensive then they think. So be sure at your next optometrist’s examination to ask about contact lenses and how they can work for you.
Contact lenses are easier to put in and take out than most people imagine.