With all of the various types of contact lenses available on the market, selecting the right lenses for you can be a daunting experience. That’s why our optometry practices in Fairview, Plano, and Frisco have fully trained, professional staff to assist you in making all of your contact lens decisions.
At Williams Eye Care, we offer all of the different types and brands of contact lenses, from bifocal and multifocal to daily contact lenses. We also offer toric lenses and RGPs. Visit our eye doctors today to find out which contact lenses are the best choice for you!
Watch this short video to learn about proper contact lens care:
Thinking of trying contact lenses?
Contact lenses are much easier to use than they used to be. Start by understanding the benefits and drawbacks of commonplace varieties of contact lenses– as well as the ground rules for reducing the chances of eye infections.
Soft contact lenses
Soft contact lenses are one of the most common styles of contact lens both in the United States and also worldwide. Soft contact lenses can be made use of to address different vision concerns, such as:
Farsightedness (hyperopia ).
Obscured vision (astigmatism).
Soft contact lenses adapt to the form of your eye. They’re comfortable and generally remain in position well, so they’re a good choice if you take part in sporting activities or lead an active way of life.
Soft contact lenses are available in numerous types, including:
Daily wear. Daily wear soft contact lenses are normally the least pricey choice. You wear the lenses during the day, and remove them each night to be cleaned and also disinfected. How long you may make use of a solitary pair of daily wear lenses varies based on the producer.
Extended wear. You can use extended wear soft contact lenses while you rest, but they need to be taken out for cleansing along with sterilizing a minimum of one day a week. It’s still important to be cautious with overnight usage, though, given that it raises the risk of eye infections– even if the lenses have been sanctioned for extended wear.
Disposable. Disposable soft contact lenses are typically the most costly choice. You use the lenses during the day and dispose of them at night. They don’t need to be washed or disinfected. You merely use them for the suggested timeframe– such as each day, weekly or monthly– then throw them away. You could consider disposable lenses if you use contacts only periodically, you cannot stand sterilizing solution or you put a high value on comfort.
Hard contact lenses
Rigid, gas permeable lenses, or hard contact lenses, supply clear, crisp vision for most vision difficulties. Hard contact lenses might be especially appealing if you have actually attempted soft contact lenses and also been unsatisfied with the end results.
Hard contact lenses are frequently much more breathable than are soft contact lenses, which lessens the danger of eye infections. Many hard contact lenses must be removed for cleansing as well as sterilization during the night.
It might require to a week to adjust to hard contact lenses, and also they’re more likely to move from the focal point of your eye compared to soft contact lenses– which might bring about soreness and also blurred sight.
If your prescription doesn’t vary and you look after your hard contact lenses, you could utilize the very same pair of lenses for up to two to three years.
Specialized contact lenses.
Depending upon your vision needs, you may consider specialized contact lenses, such as:
Hybrid contact lenses. Hybrid contact lenses offer a hard (gas permeable) center surrounded by a soft outer ring. Hybrid contact lenses may be an option if you have an irregular corneal curvature (keratoconus) or you have concerns wearing conventional hard lenses.
Bifocal or multifocal contact lenses. These lenses, which are readily available in both soft and also hard varieties, can fix nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism in combination with age-related loss of near vision (presbyopia).
Tinted contact lenses. Some contact lenses are tinted, either for cosmetic or remedial objectives– to improve color vision or help compensate for color blindness, for example. Avoid costume or cosmetic contact lenses, though. These lenses could ruin your eyes and trigger potentially major eye infections.
Attaining the right fit.
Plan follow-up exams as suggested by your eye doctor
. You might need a follow-up examination after one week, one month as well as 6 months, and then annually.
Keeping clear of eye infections
Using contact lenses of any kind of kind increases the threat of corneal infection, just since contact lenses lower the quantity of oxygen that gets to the corneas. Unfortunately, eye infections are not completely unavoidable.
To stop infections:
Practice good eye hygiene. Wash, rinse and completely dry your hands before handling your contacts.
Take out your contacts prior to falling asleep. This applies to extended wear contacts, too. Although extended wear contacts are made to be worn overnight, continual wear dramatically increases the danger of eye infections.
Lessen contact with water. Remove your contact lenses prior to bathing, swimming or using a hot tub.
Don’t dampen your lenses with saliva. Abstain from any sort of pull to place your lenses in your mouth to moisten them.
Take care with contact lens solutions. Utilize solely commercially sold, sterile items designed particularly for the variety of contact lenses you wear– not water or homemade saline solution. Dispose of the solution in the contact lens holder each time you cleanse the lenses, and also do not “refill” old solution that’s currently in the contact lens holder.
‘Scrub and rinse’ your contact lenses. Carefully scrub your lenses while you’re washing them, even if you select no-rub solution.
Keep an eye on the expiration date. Don’t make use of contact solution that is past the expiration date.
Replace contact lenses and also holders as recommended.Follow producer rules for changing your contact lenses– and change your contact lens holders every three to 6 months.
Dry Eyes and Contact Lenses
Despite correct use and treatment, dry eyes might be a problem for contact lens wearers. If your eyes are itchy or red, take out your contact lenses and use lubricating eyedrops.
If your vision becomes blurred or you experience eye discomfort, sensitivity to light or any other issues, take off your contact lenses and consult your eye doctor in Plano
for prompt care.
Basic Contact Lens Care
Because you put contact lenses directly on your eye, not taking the proper precautions can end up introducing contaminants that can lead to serious problems. Don’t worry, though; these issues are avoidable as long as you practice some basic contact lens hygiene. Here are a few basic rules to follow to keep your contact lenses (and your eyes) germ-free:
- Always wash your hands before putting your contacts in.
- Always clean and store your contacts in fresh contact lens solution.
- Whatever you do, do not reuse old solution!
- Make sure to wash the case with solution, not water, allow it to dry between uses, and replace it at least every three months.
- Never store or clean your contacts in water. Harmful microorganisms live in virtually every source of water on Earth, and these microorganisms love to burrow into hydrogels like your contact lenses.
- Pay close attention to the instructions for how long to use a pair of contacts before replacing them.
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