Many find contacts to be an excellent choice for vision correction. Recent technological advances in contact lenses have made them an option for many more people than ever. Even so, it is important to learn about contacts before considering them for vision correction.
Contact lenses can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and many other common eye problems. Previously, contact lenses were not an option for a person with astigmatism or those who require bifocals. However, now there are specially designed contact lenses for people with these concerns.
There are many types of contact lenses available. Soft contact lenses can provide superior comfort, but may not be the right choice for everyone; for example, some eye diseases may respond better to hard contacts while others might be better suited for soft contact lenses. If considering a switch to from hard contacts to soft contacts, Community Eye Center’s eye professionals can help you decide if soft contact lenses are the best choice.
Toric lenses may be prescribed for people with astigmatism. Toric lenses are available in both hard and soft contacts. But, hard contacts are better suited to treat this eye condition because they can be shaped to the eye, providing gentle correction to the irregularly shaped cornea that causes astigmatism.
Some people may opt for lenses with aesthetic features. Colored contact lenses are available in a variety of colors and can change a person’s look instantly. For eye safety, it is imperative that fashion or special effect contact lenses allow wearers only wear contact lenses that are fitted and prescribed by an eye doctor (read more about this here).
Caring for contacts is not difficult, but it is important to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. When used and cared for properly, contact lenses can provide vision correction without any danger to the eye. It is critical that contact lens wearers understand how to properly dispose if and care for contact lenses because contacts that are not used or cared for properly will not provide proper vision correction and may even cause damage to the eye.
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