Contact Lenses

shutterstock_15990961Most people can. Whether you're nearsighted or farsighted, have astigmatism, older or younger, you can probably wear some type of contact lens.

shutterstock_274898648Contact lenses have proven to be a healthy vision option for millions of people. If you follow all prescribed steps for inserting, removing, and caring for them, contact lenses will continue to be safe and effective.

shutterstock_182311382As soon as the need for vision correction is identified, contact lenses are a viable option. In fact, they have frequently been used in premature infants, who sometimes have vision problems. With proper care and lens maintenance, infants, young children, teens, and adults of all ages can wear contacts successfully.

shutterstock_107282315Sports vision doctors agree that contact lenses are the best vision correction option for athletes. They can enhance visual skills like depth perception, peripheral awareness, and eye-hand/eye-foot coordination. Unlike glasses, contacts offer athletes a competitive advantage because they stay in place under dynamic conditions, provide a wider vision field, and eliminate the risk of glasses-related injuries. Contact lenses also make it easy to wear protective goggles.

shutterstock_243238471Soft contact lenses are available that will change the color of your eyes, even if you don’t require vision correction. Costume lenses for Halloween or theatrical purposes are also available. All color contacts are prescribed medical devices that must be fitted and followed up by your eye care professional. And remember, even though such lenses might provoke curiosity by your friends and family members, never share them with anyone. Sharing lenses can lead to dangerous health problems.

shutterstock_117754834Daily disposable contact lenses represent the ultimate in convenience and eye health – wear them for a day and throw them away! Daily lenses are the healthiest contacts you can wear and are ideal for those with allergies or dry eyes or for those who just don’t have time to clean or care for contacts. They’re also great for occasional wearers.

shutterstock_95276287Daily disposables are considered the safest and healthiest type of contact lenses because the use of a fresh pair of lenses every day minimizes the chance for build-up of harmful pathogens on the lens surface. And now they’re more affordable than ever!

You’ve probably noticed that your eyes have changed. Presbyopia is the normal, age-related loss of near focusing ability that develops at this time.

shutterstock_140383918Contact lens options for people over 40 include:

One contact lens. This is a contact lens focused for reading or other close work and worn on one eye only. It’s for people who have good distance vision but need a contact for improved reading vision.

Monovision. This option involves wearing a contact lens for distance vision on one eye and a lens for near vision on the other eye. It takes some “getting used to” but most people who try monovision are able to adjust to it.

Multifocal. These contact lenses are the newest option for people in this age group. The lenses contain a vision correction for distance, intermediate and near vision in one lens. Doctors at The Eye Group are skilled in prescribing and fitting multifocal contacts. This type of fitting and evaluation often takes more time and requires several visits to the office due to the complex nature of the lenses. There are many different types and designs of lenses to try. Many people succeed with and enjoy this type of correction.

Another option for those who need bifocals is to use reading glasses over contacts that are prescribed for distance. This is not as convenient as either bifocals or monovision, but many people use it.