Contact lenses can correct farsightedness (hyperopia), nearsightedness (myopia), the loss of focus at near (presbyopia), and astigmatism. There is a contact lens option for most individuals and your doctor will look at all the variables and choose the best fitting contact lens for your needs. Single vision contact lenses with or without astigmatism can correct patients for the distance. Multifocal contact lenses can correct patients for distance and reading. You can expect contact lenses to achieve around 90-98% of the clarity your prescription glasses give you. Glasses are typically slightly more clear than contact lenses due to several factors, some of which are prescription-dependent.
Contact lens care is crucial for a long healthy life free of corneal integrity issues. You should not go into any water while wearing contact lenses. No pools, beach water, bathwater, hot tubs, or showers while wearing contact lenses. Only wear your contact lenses for the amount of time the manufacturer or your doctor recommends. If you are in biweekly or monthly contact lenses removing them each night and cleaning them properly is very important to avoid infections and complications. Your contact lens case should be cleaned daily with warm water and soap and dried thoroughly before being used again. Contact lens cases should be replaced every 3 months. Washing your hands before inserting and removing contact lenses will ensure no bacteria is entering your eye from your hand or fingers.
Contact lenses are a great alternative to glasses and can be worn for years without any issues if done properly. Clear vision is achievable with the correct fit, brand, and modality chosen by your eye doctor. If contact lenses are something that sounds interesting to you please visit our office and speak with me about your lifestyle and vision needs and we will work together to get you seeing to your best potential.