Northside Eyecare carries a wide variety of contact lens options and brands to meet the needs of every patient. Our eye doctors will help you get the correct prescription and determine the style of contact lenses that best fits your lifestyle. We offer convenient contact ordering, shipping options, and rebates (based on availability and purchase amounts).
Types of Contact Lenses
There are many types of contact lenses available to correct different vision problems and to meet different lifestyle needs. Trial contact lenses are generally available in the office same day with the exclusion of gas permeable and specialty fits. Below are some of the most common types of contact lenses.
- Daily Disposable
Daily disposable lenses are designed to be worn for one day and then thrown away. Replacing lenses daily means there isn’t time for germs or deposits to build up on the lenses. You don’t have to worry about remembering to change lenses because you use a new pair every day. One downside of daily disposable contact lenses is the cost – they can often be more expensive than other types of lenses.
Toric contact lenses are specially designed for people who have astigmatism. Many people believe that if they have astigmatism, they can’t wear contacts, but that’s no longer the case. Toric lenses work differently than regular contact lenses to correct your astigmatism. However, because they are solving a more complex vision problem, toric lenses often cost more than other types of lenses.
If you wear bifocals, multifocals, or progressive lenses, there are contact options available for you too. Most are available in the different soft lens options (listed above) and gas permeable. Talk to your eye care provider to decide if contact lenses are a good choice for your vision needs and to learn more about options available.
- Gas Permeable
Rigid gas permeable contact lenses are usually made of silicone and allow more oxygen to reach your eyes. Unlike previous generations of hard lenses worn when contacts were first invented, gas permeable lenses are much more durable than soft lenses. In fact, they can last for years if you take good care of them and your prescription doesn’t change. Despite the positives, many people struggle to get used to gas permeable contacts; if you don’t wear them for a few days, your eyes will need to readjust again.
- Specialty Fits
Some patients have complex vision correction needs, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they can’t wear contact lenses. Talk to your eye doctor about available options for specialty fits.
Contact Lenses Cleaning & Care
While there are many benefits to wearing contact lenses, it does bring an increased risk for eye irritation and infection. Therefore, it’s important to carefully clean and care for your contact lenses to reduce the risk of infection. Outlined below are the steps to properly clean your contacts.
-Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before touching your contacts.
-Never reuse contact lens solution. Be sure to use fresh solution every time you clean or store your lenses.
-To clean the contact lens, place it in the palm of your hand, put a few drops of solution on it, and gently rub the lens to remove any debris or buildup. Afterward, rinse the lens to make sure any loose debris is gone.
-Once you’ve cleaned the lens, immediately place it in your contact lens case (with fresh solution).
-It’s important to keep your lens case clean too as germs can build up easily. Clean your case with solution, not water, and place it upside down to dry when not in use.
You should clean your contact lenses daily when you take them out (unless you wear daily disposable or extended wear lenses).
Protect Your Eyes
The following are a few more tips for contact wearers to protect their eye health.
-Don’t use tap water, bottled water, or saliva as a substitute for contact solution. Only contact solution will properly disinfect your lenses.
-Replace your lenses as often as directed by your eye doctor. This will vary depending on the type of lens you use.
-Don’t let the tip of the contact solution bottle touch anything – this can contaminate the solution.
-Remove your contacts before you take a shower or swim. Exposure to water can allow bacteria to get caught in the lens, which could lead to an eye infection.
-Never use expired contact solution. Remember to check the expiration date on the bottle before you use it.
If you’re experiencing eye irritation, dryness, or have an eye infection, don’t wear your contacts. You should always keep a backup pair of glasses in case you aren’t able to wear your contacts. If irritation continues, talk to your eye doctor about other contact lens options.
Pros & Cons of Contact Lenses
It can be difficult to decide if contact lenses or glasses are the best choice for you. While you should always talk to your eye doctor to help determine which will fit your vision needs, here are a few points to consider when deciding.
-More convenient. Glasses can fog up, slip down your nose while playing sports, or even break, but you don’t have to worry about any of that with contacts.
-Contacts can provide more accurate vision since they fit on your eye instead of over it like glasses. No more distractions from the edges of your frames!
-Many people don’t like how they look in glasses, so contacts are a perfect choice because it appears as though you aren’t wearing any type of vision correction.
-Increased risk of eye infection, irritation, or dryness. Not caring for your contacts properly can lead to serious eye infections. Daily use of contacts can also cause dryness and irritation for some people.
-Some people struggle with putting contacts in and taking them out or get squeamish at the thought of touching their eyes. It takes practice to get used to wearing contacts, but some people never get the hang of it.
-Glasses can provide your eyes some protection from dust and dirt on a windy day, whereas contacts are more prone to getting debris caught behind them, leading to irritation.
If you choose to wear contact lenses, you should still always keep a pair of glasses with an up-to-date prescription as a backup. There may be times when you can’t wear your contacts due to eye irritation or other circumstances, and you don’t want to be left with blurry vision!
Whether you’d like to learn more about contact lens options or need to place an order, call Northside Eyecare today at 812-401-7777 to speak to a member of staff or set up an appointment.