Contact Lens Information
In years past contact lens wear was for the rich and patient.
Lenses were expensive, very uncomfortable, did not correct vision
sufficiently, and caused many eye infection problems. This is
no longer the case. In fact many prefer contact lenses to eyeglasses,
for price, comfort, and efficiency. Today contacts can correct
all types of vision problems that glasses correct and some that
glasses cannot. Unfortunately, due to their prior bad reputation,
the full potential of contact wear has not yet been realized.
BENEFITS OF CONTACTS OVER SPECTACLES
- Feeling good about yourself. Of course seeing is vital. But
if you can see well and feel natural looking, all the better.
is no secret how important good self esteem is, contacts can
be apart of that.
- Relieve pressure on your face. The constant
pressure on your nose, cheeks and ears is eliminated with contact
lenses. You know
the relief you feel when you take your glasses off every night, imagine
that relief all day.
- Convenience. Avoid the constant cleaning
of glasses all day long. Put your contacts in and forget them.
They are that comfortable.
- Play sports without worry or embarrassment.
Wearing regular glasses during sports leaves you with constant
distraction of worrying
that your glasses will break. Sports glasses are safe but
bulky and leave you constantly self-conscience of your looks, distracting
you from the game.
CONTACT LENSE TYPES
Contact lenses can be separated into two categories based on the
material they are made of and the amount of oxygen they allow
to flow through them (gas permeability).
- RGP (Rigid Gas Permeable), commonly known as hard contacts,
contain no water and are a little uncomfortable initially to
wearer. However, they allow the greatest oxygen flow to the
is important for proper eye function. RPG lenses can correct
the most types of vision problems, last longer than other types
contact lenses, cause the least amount of problems and are
easy to care for.
- Soft Contact Lenses seem to be the more popular
type of contact,
primarily due to increase initial comfort to the new wearer.
They have a high water content. There are three main sub-divisions
to this category.
- DAILY WEAR CONTACTS. Most people who wear
contacts use these. They are inserted every morning and removed
- DISPOSABLE CONTACT LENSES. Disposable soft contact
lenses cause the least amount of infections of this category
of lens. They
are generally worn for a specific period of time (most doctors
recommend 7-14 days) and then discarded.
- EXTENDED WEAR CONTACTS.
These are worn from 7 – 30 days,
day and night. They allow a greater oxygen flow, but can cause
greater problems due to the extended wear.
WHAT ABOUT THESE EYE PROBLEMS?
There are two main eye problems contact lens wearers’ face, corneal
infections and reduced tear production. The reduction of oxygen flow to the
eye can result in corneal infections. However with advances in oxygen permeability
these infections have decreased. The addition of a foreign object in your
eye reduces its mobility, which in turn results in decrease tear production.
As tearing cleanses the eye, this can lead to infection.
Proper lens and eye care as prescribed by your eye doctor can
prevent most eye problems caused by contact lens wear. It
is worth the perceived inconvenience,
to gain all the benefits of wearing contact lens.