Eyeglasses are an affordable way treat several vision issues, such as astigmatism, myopia (nearsightedness), and hyperopia (farsightedness). However, wearing them every day can be a hassle. Glasses can break easily, fog up at the wrong time, and get in the way during sports or other activities.
For those of you thinking of making the switch from glasses to contacts, here’s what you need to know.
You Will Need An Eye Exam
You will need a comprehensive eye exam to safely make the switch from eyeglasses to contacts. An optometrist will be able to let you know if you have any eye conditions that disqualify you from contact lense use. These can include people with:
Frequent eye infections
If your optometrist determines contacts are right for you, they will provide a contact lens “fitting.” This ensures that the prescription you are given fit your eyes and vision properly. Without this step, contact lenses may worsen vision problems and discomfort.
Contact Lens Care
Wearing contact lenses requires proper hygiene and care. Contact lens wearers who do not follow proper care instructions have a higher risk of developing serious eye infections. Before you commit to the switch, ask yourself if you can manage the extra responsibilities of contact lense care.
These responsibilities include:
The ability to wash your hands twice a day when putting in and removing your contacts
Access to cleaning solution for your contact case and lenses Removing your contacts before sleep and contact with water, such as showering or swimming
Following the schedule set by your optometrist for wearing and replacing contact lenses When considering a switch to contacts, it’s also important to be aware of your lifestyle requirements. If you work in an environment that contains potential eye hazards like flying debris, smoke, dirt, or sawdust, contacts might not be a good fit. Likewise if you work long or odd hours this could interfere with your ability to clean or remove your contacts. There Are Several Varieties of Contact Lenses
Several types of contact lenses are available. The main types of lenses are:
Soft Lenses: These lenses are made from water-containing plastics called Silicone Hydrogel. Soft lenses are thin and conform to the front surface of the eye and are the most commonly fit lens type. Commonly fit soft contact lens types include the following: - Daily Disposable: These lenses offer a convenient wearing modality and require less care because they are disposed of at the end of each day.
- Monthly Disposable: These lenses are worn during the day, stored in solution at night and replaced every month.
Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses: Rigid gas permeable contacts are porous, which allows for oxygen to pass through them. Made from a rigid plastic, these “hard lenses” take some getting used to and are typically replaced every six months to one year.
What type of contact lens you use depends on your unique situation. It’s important to consult an optometrist who will be able to help you choose the type and brand right for you.
Book Your Consultation With Dr. Oker Today!
If you believe that contact lenses are right for you, contact Dr. Oker at Eden Prairie Eye Care for a professional consultation. She and the Eden Prairie Eye Care team will help you make an informed decision as well as educate you on proper wearing and maintenance.
To schedule your appointment, visit submit a request online or call Eden Prairie Eye Care directly at (952) 944-2792. Dr. Oker will make sure you have the information you need to take your next step!