Advances in contact lens design and materials have made them a clear, comfortable, and healthy option for many people requiring vision correction. Before you move forward with getting contact lenses, you may have some questions and need to know everything about contact lenses, potential dangers, and choosing the right pair for you.
Can contact lenses be dangerous to the eyes?
Contact lenses can only be dangerous if they are not properly worn and replaced regularly Wearing contact lenses minimizing how much oxygen is actually getting to your eyes, so you should not have them in at night when you are sleeping. This can be dangerous for your eye health and vision.
If a pair of contact lenses are used for a significantly long period, then your eyes will become dry. Tears and moisture are absorbed by your contacts, which makes dry eyes a huge risk. When your eyes get dry, this is not only painful, but it opens up the risk for infections and ulcers to develop.
Another danger you can get from contacts is wearing some that are not meant for your eyes. If they are not at the right strength and your eyes start to pull, the stress and damage you do can be long-term or even permanent.
What is a contact lens fitting?
Before you get your contact, you will need to undergo a contact lens fitting. There are so many available, and they are all not meant for everyone. Getting the right fit for you makes all the difference in your vision, eye health, and quality of life An annual eye exam is at the center of a contact lens fitting, where your doctor determines what contacts are right for you. At that time, a prescription for your contact lenses will be written and your unique contact lenses will be available for you.
During this fitting, your eye doctor will determine which shape of contact lenses is right for your eyes based upon what feels most comfortable. Not all contact lenses are made the same and some angles work better because most eyes have unique shapes than others.
Do you need a contact lens fitting?
Absolutely. Attempting to have contacts ordered without a contact lens fitting is a recipe for disaster, especially if the wrong prescription is written. The damage that could ensue because you have the wrong contacts can be severe and even permanent under the right conditions.
Is it necessary to consult a doctor to use contact lenses?
You should not try to order contact lenses on your own or wear contacts that belong to others. You need to have a doctor consultation if you are interested in getting contacts so that they can determine the right strength for you and write a prescription. During the consultation, your doctor will watch your habits and do a review of your eye health history to determine if you are a good candidate for contact lenses since they are not for everyone.
Our office has extensive training and experience in fitting the most popular styles of contact lenses, including:
- Rigid, gas permeable lenses
- Soft, disposable lenses for daily, 2-week, monthly, and extended wear use
- Toric lenses (for astigmatism)
Some of the Brands we supply include Bausch+Lomb Ultra, Cooper Vision Biofinity, Air Optix, and Acuvue. We also offer colored contact lenses.
Schedule an appointment today for your contact lens evaluation!