Contact lenses can be used to improve vision problems related to nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. They can also be used to address bifocal or multifocal needs.
Your Contact Lens Options
Not all contact lenses are created equal. Following an exam, your eye doctor will recommend contact lenses best suited for your visual satisfaction and optical comfort. Our eye doctors offer several types of contact lenses including:
- Disposable and planned replacement lenses – This type of soft lens is prescribed with a very specific usage schedule that is individually determined during your evaluation. Generally, the safest, healthiest, and most comfortable regimen is to use daily disposables that are used only once and discarded.
- Rigid gas-permeable (RGP) lenses – Lasting longer than soft lenses with increased durability and resistance to deposit buildup, these lenses can provide clearer, crisper vision and tend to be less expensive over the life of the lens.
- Lenses for astigmatism – Known as toric lenses, these prescriptions are readily available in both soft and rigid gas permeable contacts. Toric contact lenses require a greater degree of fitting expertise to obtain the most precise vision.
- Extended wear lenses – These contacts are available and FDA-approved to be worn for up to 30 days. The total duration will depend on the lens type and specific recommendations of your optometrist based on your contact lens examination, contact lens fitting, and the evaluation of your tolerance for overnight wear.
- Specialty lenses – For patients with corneal pathology, our eye doctors use special RGP and hybrid lenses.
- Decorative lenses – If you do not need vision correction but would like to alter the appearance of your eyes, we offer non-prescription lenses. Although these lenses can be found at numerous consumer locations, they should always be purchased at your ophthalmology office with a professional fitting and prescription to prevent causing harm to your eyes.
Contact Lens Care, Safety & Risks
Most people who need vision correction are able to wear contact lenses safely and comfortably. Several good hygiene practices will help you to wear your contacts safely and comfortably. Please take time to read and then practice the following care principles:
- Your contact lenses must be properly cleaned and disinfected each time you remove them to kill germs and prevent infections.
- Avoid risking contact lens case with water and instead, the risk with contact solution after each use
- Never put a contact lens in your mouth
- Do not attempt to sterilize disposable lenses – you must discard them.
- Never mix different brands of solutions
- Always wash your hands with soap before handling contact lenses or touching your eye.
- Do not share your lenses with someone else.
- Do not take your lenses in and out repeatedly throughout the day.
- Only wear your contacts on the schedule prescribed by your doctor.
- Dispose of your contact lenses at the interval prescribed by your doctor.
Those who experience frequent eye infections, severe allergies, dry eyes or an inadequate tear film, a work environment that is very dusty or dirty, and an inability to handle and care for the lenses properly may be unable to wear contact lenses. Call Your Seeta Eye Centers Doctor If You Experience Any of These Symptoms:
- Redness lasting more than one day
- Discharge from your eye
- Blurred Vision
- Unusual Scratchiness
- Unusual Light Sensitivity