Contact lenses are one of the truly great developments of our time. In most cases, contact lenses can be used as a substitute for glasses, allowing you to leave your glasses behind completely. Contact lenses may also be used to treat certain eye diseases or may even be used for cosmetic purposes to temporarily change the color of your eyes.
Successful contact-lens wear requires a "partnership" between you and the doctor that fits them to your unique eyes. It is important to choose a doctors that has more than a passing interest in contacts and like many areas of your health, seeing a true expert greatly increases your chances of being very satisfied with your treatment. Contact lens fittings are no different.
Soft contact lenses and rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses are the main choices of lenses available. Each has specific indications as well as a specific wear and care guide.
Contact lenses can be used to avoid having to wear glasses in conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism or to avoid the use of bifocals (multifocal lenses). They may also be used to treat other conditions such as keratoconus which is a condition in which the surface of the eye has a very irregular shape. When glasses no longer provide adequate vision, contact lenses are used.
Some contact lenses are used for daily wear while others are used for extended wear which can be worn overnight. With daily wear soft lenses, you can wear your lenses for one day and then discard them. This avoids needing solutions for cleaning and disinfecting your lenses. It allows for intermittent wear as desired.
Extended wear lenses can be worn overnight for one week and then replaced every one to two weeks. Trying to extend the wear of lenses beyond the recommended replacement schedule is a false economy and an invitation to potential disaster.
Call us for an expert eye examination in Lee's Summit and education of your contact lens options.