Contact lenses are used to correct the same conditions that eyeglasses correct:
- Myopia (nearsightedness)
- Hyperopic (farsightedness)
- Astigmatism (distorted vision)
- Presbyopia (need for bifocals)
Special tinted contacts can be used to change the color of the eyes to various degrees.
The health of your eyes should be your main concern. An eye doctor will help you decide whether contact lenses are right for you. Choose an eye care professional who is knowledgeable and experienced with contact lenses.
Are Contact lenses For You?
Whether or not contact lenses are a good choice for you depends on:
- Individual needs and expectations
- Patience and motivation during the initial adjustment period to contact lens wear.
- Adhering to contact lens guidelines for wear, disinfecting and cleaning
- Diagnosis and treatment of conditions that may prevent contact lens wear
How Do You Care For Them?
- Contact lenses must be properly cleaned and disinfected when you remove them to kill germs and prevent infections
- At the time you insert your contact lenses, you should thoroughly rinse the case with warm water and allow it to dry. All contact lens cases need frequent cleaning, including disposable lens cases.
- Do not put your lens in your mouth and then in your eye
- Do not use homemade cleaning solutions, they have been linked to serious eye infections
- Do not attempt to sterilize disposable lenses - throw them away
- Do not mix different brands of solutions
- Any eye drops, even nonprescription ones, can interact with all types of contact lenses. Use the brand of solution prescribed by our doctor or check with the doctor before changing brands
Wear Your Lenses Properly
- Wash your hands with soap prior to handling contact lenses or touching your eye
- Do not share your lenses with someone else
- Do not take your lenses in and out repeatedly throughout the day
- Do not use fashion lenses (non-prescription color lenses) unless they are fitted by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist
- Do not purchase bootleg lenses
- Wear lenses on the schedule prescribed by your doctor
- Dispose of your lenses at the interval prescribed by your doctor
Call Your Doctor When You Notice These Symptoms
- Your eye is painful
- Your eye is red for more than two days
- You have discharge from your eye
- You have blurry vision
- Your eye feels scratchy