Are Contact Lens for You?
Getting the right fit
Before getting contact lenses, Dr. Tyah Johnson will perform a thorough eye exam and fitting.
Who can wear contact lenses?
Contact lenses are available for varied vision problems, including nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. There are also multifocal lenses to help those with presbyopia achieve clear vision for both distance and reading purposes.
Teens may enjoy the boost of confidence contacts lenses can provide, but it’s a good idea to make sure the person who’s wearing the lenses is responsible enough to take proper care of their lenses to avoid potential problems like infection that can arise from improper wear or poor cleaning habits.
How long will it take me to get used to wearing contact lenses?
Depending on the type of lens you choose and your overall sensitivity to lenses, it may take a week or two before you completely adjust to your new lenses. Many people are surprised how quickly they adapt. Even those who feel they may be too squeamish to place the lenses in their eyes or remove them find that after a little practice, wearing lenses is an extremely comfortable and convenient option.
Are contact lenses safe for my eyes?
Contact lenses are very safe for healthy eyes. In fact, some studies have shown that certain contact lenses may actually help prevent the progression of myopia, or nearsightedness. If your eyes are prone to allergic reactions or infections, contact lenses may not be the ideal choice. Likewise, if you work in an environment where airborne pollutants like smoke could cause irritation, you may find lenses uncomfortable, at least during those times. Dr. Johnson can go over all your options and help you decide if they’re right for you.
Wearing contact lenses can cause problems ranging from discomfort to severe infections when not worn properly. To prevent problems:
- Practice good hygiene. Before handling contacts, wash your hands with soap and water, rinse and dry them with a lint-free towel.
- Minimize contact with water and saliva. Remove your contact lenses before you swim or use a hot tub. Don’t put your lenses in your mouth to wet them.
- Take care with contact lens solutions. Use only commercially prepared, sterile products designed for the type of contact lenses you wear. Discard the solution in the contact lens case each time you disinfect and store your lenses. Gently rub and rinse your lenses as directed by your doctor. Don’t use contact solution that’s past the expiration date.
- Replace contact lenses and cases as recommended. Follow manufacturer guidelines for replacing your contact lenses. Clean and rinse your case with sterile contact lens solution each time you finish using it. Don’t use tap water. Consider flipping over the case while it’s air-drying to drain any solution. Replace your case every three months.
- Avoid over-the-counter contact lenses. These lenses can cause eye injuries and infections. If you’re interested in decorative contact lenses, talk to your eye doctor.
Even with proper use and care, dry eyes can be an issue for contact lens wearers. If your eyes are itchy or red, remove your contact lenses and use lubricating eyedrops.
If your vision becomes blurry or you experience eye pain or extreme sensitivity to light, schedule your appointment with Bespoke Eye Care for treatment.