How do I choose the best contact lenses?
Choosing the right contact lenses is a decision you should make with your specialist optometrist. The right choice depends on many factors. Here are some things to consider prior to your eye examination for contacts:
How Often Will You Wear Contacts?
Are you planning to wear contact lenses every day, or just on weekends or for special occasions?
Soft lenses can be worn comfortably either full-time or part-time whereas Rigid gas permeable contacts must be worn on a consistent daily basis for them to be comfortable.
How sharp do you need your vision to be ?
You may need lenses that correct your astigmatism. Rigid gas permeable contact lenses ( GP lenses) may take some getting used to at first, but they often provide sharper vision.
Are you wiling to care for your contacts properly?
To avoid serious contact lens-related problems, including fungal eye infections and corneal ulcers, it is essential that you use the contact lens solutions your specialist optometrist recommends.
With "one-day" soft lenses, you simply discard the lenses after a single use and put on a new pair the next day although they are still not risk free.
Is overnight night lens wear important for you?
Some contact lenses allow high amounts of oxygen to pass through them and have been approved for overnight wear.
Do You Wear Bifocals or Varifocals.?
If you need Varifocals, contact lenses can reduce or eliminate your need for reading glasses. Monovision is where one contact lens is prescribed to give you good distance vision and the contact lens for the other eye is prescribed for good near vision.
Do you have allergies or dry eyes?
Daily disposable contacts or preservative free solutions can help reduce contact lens-related allergy symptoms and there are some brands of lenses that give better comfort for dry eyes.
If your vision becomes blurry or you experience eye pain, sensitivity to light, discharge, swelling or other problems, remove your contact lenses and consult your eye care specialist for prompt treatment.