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Facts About Contact Lenses

Contacts are helpful little lenses made of plastic that help correct the vision of millions of people worldwide. 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.


Who can wear contacts?

Contact lenses have truly come a long way since their creation in the 1950’s. Thanks to advances in technology just about anyone can wear contacts, including patients who require Bifocal lenses.


What types of contacts are there?

There are two types of standard contact lenses available today; soft and rigid gas permeable (RGP). Soft lenses are made to be worn daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly or as directed by your optometrist. RGP lenses are made of a firmer plastic that still allows for transmission of oxygen and other necessary gasses to the eye. Soft contact lenses can be easier to insert and offer more immediate comfort. RGP lenses typically last longer and offer crisper vision. Both have many benefits and your optometrist can help you decide which is the best fit for you.


What if my contact gets lost behind my eye?

Your eye has a thin membrane called the Conjunctiva which covers the white of your eye and connects to the inside of your eyelids. This makes it impossible for a contact to get lost back there.


What about all of the stories out there 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, contacts 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


They sound uncomfortable and high maintenance

First time contact lens wearers may experience slight discomfort, but usually quickly adapt and don’t even notice they’re wearing them. Contact lenses are now fitted so well and close to the eye that they very rarely fall out during sports or activities. Also, there are low maintenance contact care systems that make wearing contacts a breeze.

Contact lenses are an excellent alternative to glasses and offer many benefits. If you are considering switching to contact lenses, you can schedule your next appointment by clicking here.