Millions of people worldwide use contact lenses to effectively correct their vision. Whether you are considering switching to contact lenses or have been wearing them for years, we have some facts and myths to share with you.
What types of Contacts are there?
Contact lenses are typically either soft or rigid gas permeable (RGP). Soft lenses, as the name implies, are made from very flexible material designed to be more comfortable in the eye. They are made to be replaced daily, weekly, or monthly. RGP lenses are made of a firmer plastic and offer crisper vision but have a longer adaptation period.
New Contact Lens Technologies
Since contact lenses first became available in the 1950’s, advancements in the technologies have continued. Modern contact lens materials now allow high levels of comfort, even for those with conditions such as Dry Eye that cause ocular discomfort. Some contacts are made from high grade tissue that promotes wound healing; this has revolutionized medical eye care.
The optical design of the contacts also continues to refine and better correct more visual disorders. Certain conditions that change the shape of the eye are best corrected by a specialty lens called Scleral Lens that few doctors can even fit.
Today’s visual demands cause increased eye strain and the newest contact lens designs are actually meeting those needs. Modern lenses can simultaneously correct distance and near vision while adjusting to decreased blink rates from excessive computer viewing. These advancements can improve work efficiency and extend the length of time the eyes stay comfortable at the computer.
What about all of the stories about contacts causing eye problems?
While wearing contacts does increase the risk of certain eye related issues, if you follow your doctor’s instructions on how to use and care for your contacts, they are very safe.
Here are a few tips:
Make sure your contacts are fitted and prescribed by your doctor
Use clean hands when inserting and removing lenses
Only wear your contacts for as long as directed by your doctor
Properly store your contact lenses when not in use
Contact lenses are an excellent alternative to glasses and offer many benefits. Low maintenance care systems or daily disposable contacts make wearing contacts simple.