So, why do some people wear contact lenses while others choose to wear eyeglasses? Well, the fact is, some people just cannot wear them for various reasons, and some simply choose not to wear them. If you happen to be in the “choose” category, read on!
Did you know that you need a valid prescription to order contact lenses?
YES, a prescription written by an eye doctor after an eye exam done every year (or as often as the doctor recommends that you need one). It’s a special fitting exam, too, a little extra time and energy, at an additional cost, to ensure that the lenses being prescribed will enhance your vision, be comfortable to wear, and that they will suit your lifestyle. Whew! Guess what? There’s a science to all this! Who knew?
Oh, and you better invest in some really great sunglasses that will protect your eyes from the sun, while wearing your contacts. Even if a contact lens has some UV blocker in it, it only covers your cornea, not the part of your face surrounding your eyes. Yep, more investment in those irreplaceable peepers!
Oh my, there are so many! Which contacts are right for you?
It’s all about vision correction, comfort, and lifestyle. From colored contacts to contacts for astigmatism, there are contact lens brands and types to suit almost everyone who wants to wear them.
Have a look at some of the different types of contact lenses. It might seem challenging, but we know eyes and we know the right questions to ask you.
Soft contacts are considered the most comfortable and are the most frequently prescribed type of contact lens today. Soft contacts are available for all types of vision correction, including astigmatism and multi-focal needs. Wear them occasionally, every day, and even overnight.
- Extended-wear contacts can be worn overnight. There are two different types of extended-wear contacts—those that can be worn consecutively for up to seven nights and those that can be worn for up to 30 nights. Cool!
- Daily disposable contacts (single use) can be worn for one day and then thrown away.
- Colored contacts or color-enhancing contacts can change the appearance of your eye color or just enhance it. Colored contacts can be prescribed even if vision correction is not needed. GREEN TODAY, BROWN TOMORROW, AND BLUE ON FRIDAY; it’s possible!
- Contacts for special needs correct conditions such as high astigmatism and presbyopia.
- Gas-permeable contacts or rigid contacts offer sharper vision, especially for people with high refractive errors or high degrees of astigmatism. Sharp vision is good!
- Hybrid contact lenses have a gas-permeable center surrounded by a soft outer ring.
EXAM AND CONTACT LENS TRIAL FITTING
A good contact lens fitting starts with an eye exam. The optometry team at Maple Grove Eye Doctors will fit your contacts based on your prescription, eye shape, any special conditions, and lifestyle.
Oh, and there’s a trial period. So if you have any contact lens fitting problems, bring them back. Yeah. It’s that easy.
You HAVE to learn proper ‘Contact Care’!
If you think that sleeping in them, over-wearing them, and not wearing sunglasses while wearing them is cool, just Google “eye infection” or contact lens stuck in eye” and you will agree with us!
So, to avoid all that unnecessary discomfort, read on… (Yep, more work!)
COMFORT AND PROTECTION
- Avoid rubbing your eyes when your contacts are in.
- Lubricate your contacts with rewetting drops if needed.
NOTE: Very smart contact lens wearers always have a pair of good-looking eyewear in their current prescription.
- To protect your eyes, wear sunglasses with full UVA and UVB protection.
- Call our Maple Grove Eye Doctors office immediately if you experience severe itching, redness, or chronic blurry vision. They’ll get you back in the saddle in no time flat.
CARING FOR CONTACT LENSES
“DOS AND DON’TS” – the DON’TS are REALLY important!
Get a proper contact lens fitting* and adhere to the wearing schedule determined by your doctor.
Wash and dry your hands before touching your contacts.
Clean your lenses as directed. For best performance, gently rub contacts with solution.
Only use sterile, commercially prepared and approved contact lens care products. Ask your doctor for a solution recommendation based on your prescribed contact lenses.
Use contact lens care products formulated for the type of lenses you wear.
Store your contacts as directed in a clean contact case with clean solution.
Replace your contact lens case every three to six months.
Remove contact lenses before swimming, hot tubbing, and showering
Wear torn or scratched contacts. This can cause serious corneal damage.
Moisten your contacts with saliva or place them in your mouth.
“Top off” the old solution in the case when you disinfect the lenses. Always throw it out.
Let anyone else wear your contacts. You could end up passing or acquiring a disease.
Use solution that appears discolored. It could be out of date or contaminated.
- Wear contact lenses that bother you. Get them checked or try a new set.
Buy contact lenses from a costume shop or anywhere that does not require a valid prescription.
Contact Lenses That Fit Your Life
See our complete line of contact lens brands:
ACUVUE OASYS BY VISTAKON
It’s “bye, bye” to dry with the #1 doctor-prescribed contact lens in the U.S. ACUVUE® OASYS® brand lenses feature next-generation HYDRACLEAR® Plus*** technology that can keep tired and dry eyes comfortable all day long—even in harsh surroundings.
1-DAY ACUVUE MOIST BY VISTAKON
Enjoy the convenience of no solutions, no lens cases, and no hassles. 1-DAY ACUVUE MOIST® brand lenses give you exceptional comfort from the moment you put them in to the moment you toss them at the end of the day. That’s because they’re the only daily disposable lenses with our exclusive LACREON™**** technology.
ACUVUE OASYS FOR ASTIGMATISM
Maybe you’ve been told you can’t wear contacts because you have an astigmatism. Or perhaps you’re experiencing discomfort, or blurred or fluctuating vision with your current lenses. Now with ACUVUE OASYS for ASTIGMATISM brand lenses, you can leave all that behind.
We combined the visual stability of our revolutionary Accelerated Stabilization design and the exceptional comfort of HYDRACLEAR Plus*** technology to create a lens like no other. The result is consistently clear vision that’s remarkably comfortable—even for people with an active lifestyle.
AIR OPTIX BY CIBA VISION
Imagine comfort you can feel all day, every day. The AIR OPTIX® family of breathable contact lenses lets you enjoy the day—and the night—without missing a beat. They even offer an easy-to-remember monthly replacement schedule to fit your active lifestyle. Try the AIR OPTIX AQUA, and see how natural they feel.
FRESH LOOK COLORBLENDS BY CIBA VISION
FreshLook® ColorBlends® color contacts give your own natural beauty a boost. The patented color technology is designed to blend with your own eye color for a natural effect. So even if your vision is perfect, there’s a fresh new look that is always you.
BIOFINITY BY COOPERVISION
Biofinity® contact lenses are made from a unique, natural water-loving material, AQUAFORM®, which helps them stay moist and comfortable all day long. The Biofinity revolutionary lens material is highly breathable, allowing greater levels of oxygen to freely flow through the lens, which helps to keep your eyes clear, white, and healthy looking.
*** HYDRACLEAR® Plus is Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.’s brand name for the next generation of its proprietary technology that allows for a higher volume of a moisture-rich wetting agent in a state-of-the-art formulation. This creates a more wettable, ultra-smooth contact lens, especially for challenging environments that make eyes feel dry.
**** LACREON™ is Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.’s brand name for its proprietary technology that permanently embeds a water-holding ingredient, similar to that found in natural tears, into the proven etafilcon A material.
We even have some Contacts Makeup Tips!
- Take out your contacts before removing your makeup.
- Put your contacts in first, and then apply your makeup.
- To minimize eye irritation, choose water-based, hypoallergenic makeup.
- Replace mascara and eyeliner every three to four months. These products build up bacteria easily.
- Don’t use waterproof mascara. It’s difficult to remove and could stain soft contacts.