Considering Contact Lenses
There are a number of reasons why some people prefer contact lenses over standard eyewear: a glasses-free look - contacts provide vision correction without placing a pair of glasses on your face; hassle free - once in your eyes, contacts require less maintenance throughout the day than glasses and they are more versatile - contacts may make it easier to participate in a number of outdoor activities and sports such as jogging, golf, tennis or basketball: fun - colored contacts are a fun way to enhance your natural eye color or change the color of your eyes all together. Contact lenses might provide improved vision for people with high-strength prescriptions or astigmatism.
Once you've decided you want to try contact lenses, you will need to schedule a contact lens appointment. Our Drs. will recommend contact lenses for your eyes based on a complete vision examination and a review of your visual needs at work and at play. Being able to wear contact lenses successfully depends upon your motivation and commitment to take proper care of both the lenses and your eyes.
GOOD CANDIDATES FOR CONTACTS will have: realistic expectations about contact lens wear; a desire to wear them; the ability to follow directions regarding care and cleaning; a prescription that lends itself to contact lenses; and no additional eye health problems.
At the contact lens appointment, an evaluation will be made to determine the appropriate starter lenses. Contact lenses are fit to each individual person and follow up appointments are needed to ensure appropriateness. At your final appointment with your optometrist, you will be given your contact lens prescription.
Current contact lens wearers should bring a copy of their most recent, signed, contact lens prescription. If you have not had a recent eye exam (within 12 to 24 months), or do not have a copy of your contact lens prescription, your doctor will require a new eye examination to evaluate the health of your eyes and to determined the type of contact lenses best suited for you.
Contact lenses are available in a variety of materials and wearing schedules. Since most people can wear more than one type of lens, it's important to know what the choices are and the advantages and disadvantages to each type.