What Are Contact Lenses?
A contact lens is a lightweight corrective, cosmetic, or therapeutic device that is usually placed directly onto the cornea of the eye. Contact lenses have many benefits for wearers, including appearance and practicality. Many people choose to wear contact lenses as opposed to eyeglasses as they provide a wider field of vision and are more suitable for a number of sporting activities.
Contact lenses vary according to construction material, wear time, replacement schedule, and design. Contact lenses are medical devices, regulated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. This is because even common complications such as infection and inflammation might lead to vision loss or blindness. All contact lenses require a prescription so that the properties of the lenses can be properly matched to suit the patient’s needs.
With the latest advances in optical technology, almost everyone can now wear contact lenses, no matter what type or to what extent their vision problems are. This means that patients with astigmatism and those who need bifocal or multifocal lenses could both be helped by some form of contact lens. Our office offers a comprehensive array of contact lenses to match each patient’s individual needs.
Whatever your lifestyle or preferences, Dr. Van Norman can help you find the contact lenses or eye care solutions that are right for you.
Types Of Contact Lenses
- Daily Disposable Contacts – Offer convenience and a healthy wearing experience.
- Multifocal Contacts- Can provide clear vision on all levels for distance, intermediate, and near
- Toric Contacts – Corrects astigmatism
- Multifocal Toric Contacts – Will help to correct astigmatism in addition to giving you distance, intermediate, and near vision.
- Monovision Contacts – Alternative to multifocal, one eye will be focused for distance while the other eye will focus on intermediate or near.
- Custom Contacts – Option for hard-to-correct vision problems.
- Prosthetic Contacts – Mask eye injuries or deformities.
- Color Contacts – Give your eyes a subtle to dramatic new look.
- Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP’s) Contacts – Sharper vision due to the rigid nature of the lens material.
Common Myths about Contact Lenses
1. A contact will get lost behind my eye.
Not going to happen. A thin membrane called conjunctiva covers the white of your eye and connects to the inside of your eyelids which makes it impossible for a contact lens to get lost behind your eye.
2. Wearing contact lenses causes eye problems.
It is true that contact lens wear can increase your risk of certain eye problems. However, if you follow the instructions regarding how to care for your lenses, how long to wear them and how frequently you should replace them, then wearing contacts is very safe.
3. I have been told that I can’t wear contacts.
If you’ve been told that you can’t wear contacts, it is time to ask again. Thanks to advances in contact lens technology, from custom-made soft contact lenses to scleral contact lenses, just about everyone can wear contacts. You may be a better candidate than you think!
4. Contact lenses are uncomfortable.
After a brief adaptation period, most people don’t even notice they’re wearing contact lenses. For those who do experience contact lens discomfort, several remedies are available once the cause is pinpointed.
5. I’m too old to wear contact lenses.
Who says? With the advent of multifocal contact lenses, a number of new contacts for dry eyes, and the advances in technology, age is no longer the barrier to successful contact lens wear. Ask Dr. Van Norman if you are a good candidate for contacts-the answer might surprise you!
Backup Eyeglasses for Contact Lens Wearers
Regardless of the reason for wearing contacts, it is always important to care for you eyes. Dr. Van Norman always recommends that contact lens wearers have a backup pair of glasses in order to help protect your eyes. You will also want to check with our office to make sure your back up glasses use your latest and most updated eye prescription.
There are a many reasons backup eyeglasses are important for contact lens patients:
Eye infections occur less with people who have backup glasses because those people are more likely to wear the backup glasses instead of continuing to wear contact lenses when they have an irritation in their eye. If you have an irritation or an eye infection, do not wear your contact lenses. Contact Dr. Van Norman today to schedule your appointment before your eye infection turns into a more serious matter.
Ability to Breathe
Your eyes need oxygen. Allowing your eyes to take a break from contacts is essential.
Eyeglasses are also convenient if you’re constantly on the go or your work involves travel since you may not have access to your eye doctor and additional supplies (such as contact lenses and solution).
It is essential to protect your eyes at all times, and sunglasses with U.V. protection are a must if you typically wear contact lenses.