A contact lens is a thin, curved lens that is place directly onto the cornea of the eye in order to correct problematic vision.
Contact lenses come in many different shapes and forms. From what material they are made of to how often you need to dispose of them, finding the perfect match can often be a difficult chore.
Consult your eye-care professional to determine whether or not contact lenses are a good choice for you and what type of contact lens will help correct your specific needs.
For example, bifocal lenses have two separate prescriptions on different halves on a single lens to correct presbyopia. The more common spherical contact lenses can correct nearsightedness or farsightedness.
You also need to figure out what type of material feels the most comfortable for your eyes. Soft lenses are made of gel-like plastics called hydrogels. GP lenses, or oxygen permeable lenses, are more rigid but offer sharper vision. You could also consider silicone hydrogel contact lenses, which act like soft lenses but with improved oxygen permeability. Silicone hydrogel contact lenses are the most popular lenses.
Lenses also differ in the duration that they can be worn. Daily wear lenses have to be taken off every night before heading to bed while extended wear lenses can be worn for approximately seven days without being removed.
You will also have to consider the life span of the lenses. With especially soft lenses, contacts need to be replaced daily, every two weeks, every month, or every six month to avoid deposit buildup.
From factoring in prescription, materials, and maintenance, it is quite common to find out afterwards that your contact lenses may not actually be the perfect fit. Consult your eye-care professional to make these re-adjustments so that you can see clearly without discomfort.
Unless they are daily disposable lenses, you will need to use multipurpose cleaners to disinfect and store your contacts for future uses. If you are sensitive to these type of solutions, an alternative preservative-free systems, such as those containing hydrogen peroxide can be used.
If you’re nearsighted and wear contact lenses to see distances more clearly, reading glasses may be a nice complement to improving your overall vision. This is especially true when you enter your 40s and beyond, when reading the print in low light starts to feel a bit more challenging.
While your contact lenses are great for night driving and helping your underlying vision issues, adding a pair of readers to your eye care repertoire can only help how you see things close-up. Readers are designed to enlarge images that are just a short distance in front of you, so they are safe to wear over your contact lenses. The right pair, worn together with your contact lenses, could really make a difference.
Visit our online store to discover a pair of readers for you! Shop here.
Disclaimer: The information and reference materials on this website are intended solely for the informational purposes of the reader. This information is not intended to diagnose health problems and does not replace the advice, diagnosis or treatment of an eye doctor or medical professional. No representations are made and no responsibility is assumed for the information contained on this website. Contact your eye doctor or a medical professional directly if you have any questions concerning your eye health or the information contained on this website.