Considering switching to contact lenses and not sure if it’s the right choice for you? Before you make any decisions, make sure to cover all your bases. Here you’ll find a short list of FAQs that will provide you with everything you need to know to make a better-informed decision.
What Types Of Contacts are Available?
There are a number of different materials that are available on the market today, but if you’re looking for an easy-to-use, comfortable lens, then soft contact lenses are a good choice. They’re made from thin and flexible materials that easily conform to the surface of the eye.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a lens with optimal vision quality, RGP is a better choice. These rigid lenses are designed to hold their shape and provide crisp, clear vision. They’re also better for those with any astigmatism or allergies.
How Long Can You Wear Them for?
In the past, contact lenses had to be removed at night. But today, you can find a wide variety of options that have revolutionized the way we wear lenses. Now you can wear contact lenses overnight, usually a week at a time with the “extended wear” option. You can also choose disposables if you prefer to throw them out each night and place a new pair on each time. Whether you prefer to wear yours temporarily or for an extended period of time, just make sure to talk to your optometrist to find what’s best for your needs.
How Long Does It Take to Get Accustomed?
Depending on the type of contact lenses you choose, your eyes may adjust immediately, or they could take a few weeks. Soft contact lenses are usually easier for people to get used to compared to rigid gas permeable contact lenses. And in some cases, a person may never feel comfortable wearing contacts and in which case glasses may be the best option.
Are They Better Than Glasses?
The choice between contacts and glasses is truly a personal, lifestyle-based decision. When comparing both, contacts sit directly on your eye so vision is never obstructed and they won’t get fogged up or cause vision difficulties when you’re active or out in the sun. Glasses, on the other hand, can be more of a burden when you’re playing sports or simply don’t enjoy how you look behind the frames.
What Steps Do I Take to Keep Them Maintained?
You should always follow the specific lens cleaning and storage instructions provided by your eye care professional. If you’re required to clean your lenses, make sure to wash your hands first and prep the case with fresh lens cleaning solution. When you take out the lens, add some solution and rub it in your hands to clean the lens. Rinse the lens again to remove any potential dirt and then put it safely into the case. The contact lens case should also be cleaned regularly and often replaced to avoid contamination and infection.
We hope this short content lenses 101 guide gives you some of the information you need to make your decision. To find out more about contact lenses and if it’s the right choice for you, visit us at Laurier Optical. One of our eye care professionals can help walk you through everything you need to know.