Over 33 million Americans wear contact lenses. It makes sense if you are thinking about getting them that you talk to an eye-care professional.
There are many considerations to contact lenses as you might note when you see people on their hands and knees looking for their lenses.
Some of the things you need to consider are your suitability for contact lens wear, wearing options, necessary lens care and follow-up requirements.
What is a soft contact lens?
A soft contact lens is made from a special family of plastics called hydrogels made from 35 to 75% water.
The nice thing about the soft contact lenses is that they are easily bent; they are soft and allow oxygen to get to the cornea.
It is very interesting how these soft contact lenses work.
The soft contact lens actually sits on the eye’s tear film and bends light and offers focus to the retina.
In addition to soft or hard, contact lenses can be classified as daily wear or extended wear.
The difference between the two types of lenses is that daily wear is only worn during the day while extended wear can be worn night and day even while sleeping.
In either case the lenses must be cleaned or discarded before being worn again.
It makes sense that five people wear extended contacts compared to every one person wearing daily wear.
If you make the decision to get contact lenses there are some things you must consider.
It is very important to wash hands before handling contacts; change your lens over a towel so if you drop it you don’t risk it hitting the floor and keep your carrying case clean.
Other considerations that need to be made seem to be obvious but aren’t.
Stay away from creams or soaps that can leave a film on your hands; don’t put contacts in your mouth; certainly don’t share contacts and if your eyes are irritated it is bad idea to lenses over them.
What if I opt for disposable lenses?
The main thing that a person has to do who is wearing disposable lens is to set up a schedule of obtaining new lenses, disposing of old lenses and marking new lenses.
I don’t wear contact lenses. I just can’t get comfortable and I understand there are a number of people like that.
Also, some people simply want contacts from the standpoint of looks and that isn’t always the most comfortable decision.
Deciding whether or not to wear contact lenses is truly a personal decision. Wearing contact lenses takes commitment, care and tough decisions about many different features of your prescription.
“The Advisor,” Acuvue Eye Health