Contact lenses are a popular and effective option for vision correction resulting from nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. Approximately 20% of the American population who requires vision correction wears contact lenses. Contact lens technology has been available for 125 years. Today, contact lenses offer a wide variety of materials and types and can be used for wider patient distribution. While eyeglasses may be an attractive way to accessorize or make a fashion statement, glasses are unable to offer you all that contact lenses can. Contact lenses offer you a better peripheral vision and sharpen your vision without eyeglasses or costly vision surgery. The wider field of view contacts offers to give you a major advantage for sports, hobbies and professional work. Learn about all the different options you have today for contact lenses and how they can transform how you see the world--literally.
While both eyeglasses and contact lenses have both advantages and disadvantages, which option you choose--or a combination of both--depends on what your particular needs, abilities, and hobbies are. Contacts sit directly on your eye allowing for improved peripheral vision over eyeglasses. Contact lenses are especially helpful for users that participate in sports and outdoor activities. You don’t have to worry about eyeglasses getting in the way, causing injury, falling off or breaking. Others love the ability to change/enhance their eye color with color contact lenses. And finally, new technology even allows contact lenses to improve your eyesight overnight by reshaping your cornea as you sleep in specially-made, sleep-safe lenses!
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that you avoid the following common practices to save your eyes from infections and problems:
Swimming in Your Contacts: Your body can drink water from the tap, but that doesn’t mean you should introduce water into your eyes when swimming, showering, or when cleaning your contacts. The reason for this is that the parasite Acanthamoeba can cause serious eye infections in your eyes--infections that could even threaten your eyesight.
Sleeping in Your Contacts: Sleeping in your contacts increases your risk of infections by 7 times! Even occasional sleeping can put you at risk. Just don’t do it!
Keeping a Contact Lens Case for Longer Than 3 Months: Contact lens cases can be a breeding ground for bacteria and germs that can be harmful to your eyes. Over time, your cases can accumulate buildup that can threaten the health of your eyes. To avoid this, change out your case at least every 3 months.
Delaying Treatment When Symptoms Arise: Redness, light sensitivity, and pain are indications that you need to have your eyes examined to avoid serious long-term issues with your eyes and eyesight.
Today’s contact lens patients have several options for contact lenses to choose from. At Optical Master’s, our customers can choose from:
Reusables. Reusable contacts are used to correct short or long-sightedness. They’re for daily wear, but rather than dispose of them at the end of the day you clean, then store them in a contact lens case until you wear them again. Some of these contact lenses can also be slept in. They’re ideal if you are looking for the most economical lenses. They should be replaced every two or four weeks with a new pair.
Astigmatic. Astigmatism is a common condition that affects many people – children as well as adults. It is caused by the shape of your eye and results in the blurry or distorted vision at all distances, varying with the strength of astigmatism. Astigmatic contact lenses are specially designed to fit the shape of astigmatic eyes. They are available as daily or reusable contact lenses.
Daily Disposables. Daily disposables are used to correct short or long-sightedness. They’re the healthiest and most convenient way to wear contacts. They give you a fresh, clear lens every day, with no need for solutions. They’re ideal for when you don’t want to wear glasses – either occasionally, part-time or every day.
Multifocal. As you get older presbyopia is a condition that affects almost everyone. The lens of your eye becomes less flexible making it harder to adjust your focus from far to near objects, this makes reading more difficult. We have the technology in multifocal contact lenses that allow you to see both near and far.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 40.9 million Americans age 18 and older wear contact lenses. Even children begin wearing lenses at age 12–or sometimes younger. Learn if you are a good candidate for contact lenses and if they are for you! Our Optical Masters team is dedicated to providing you with 20/20 vision (100% sight!) and premium care. We have two convenient Denver locations to meet your needs. Give us a call today at our Leetsdale & Monaco location: (720) 782-2190, or our Evans & Federal Location: (720) 782-2190.