If you prefer not to wear eyeglasses and wear contact lenses instead, there are a couple of things to remember. First, the standard prescription you get from your eye care professional is for eyeglasses. In order to get contact lenses, you’ll likely need additional measurements to make sure your lenses fit your needs. Your eyes are not exactly the same as one another, and your eyes differ from everyone else’s, as well. The diameter, curvature and vision problems can differ from your right eye to your left, so your doctor has to get precise fittings to make sure your sight is corrected effectively.
Advancements in contact lens technology allow most people to successfully wear contact lenses – even those with astigmatism or bifocal requirements. We know that there is rarely a time when “one size fits all” with anything, and definitely not when it comes to your eyes. Our eye care professionals give you the personal evaluation you deserve to make sure that your contact lenses will be comfortable and meet your lifestyle needs. Texarkana Eye Associates has contacts available to target specific eye problems. Whether your issue is astigmatism, difficulty reading, dry eyes or an eye disease such as keratoconus, we can help you find a solution.
Soft Contacts – For some, soft contact lenses are the best option because of the soft materials used to make them and the free flow of oxygen that can pass through to reach the cornea. This type of lens is often a bit more comfortable and easier to adjust compared to rigid contacts.
Rigid Gas-Permeable Contacts – The advantage of rigid gas-permeable contacts (RPGs) is that they are durable and resistant to deposit buildup. Over time, they have a tendency to be less expensive than soft lenses, as well. However, if your eyes are especially sensitive or your biggest priority is comfort, RPGs may not be for you as they take a few weeks to adjust to as compared to a several day adjustment period for soft lenses.
Extended-Wear Contacts – As the name implies, extended-wear contact lenses can be worn for long periods of time – overnight and up to 30 days. Most are made of flexible plastics, like regular soft lenses, though there are some RPGs available in extended-wear versions. Make sure to rest your eyes for at least one night after scheduled removal. Your eye care doctor will be able to tell you which type will work best for you according to your condition and lifestyle.
Disposable Contacts – Most soft contact lens wearers have prescriptions for frequent replacement. “Disposable,” as defined by the FDA, means used once and discarded. With a true daily wear disposable schedule, a brand new pair of lenses is used each day. When you remove your lenses, make sure to clean and disinfect them properly before reinserting.