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More than 24 million people in the U.S. wear contact lenses because they are a great alternative to glasses. Prescription contact lenses can be an excellent extended wear option, and they correct many of the same conditions as eyeglasses. These conditions include nearsightedness, farsightedness, distorted vision, and the need for bifocals.
However, some people cannot wear contact lenses, particularly those with frequent eye infections, severe allergies, dry eye, or a dusty work environment. Determining whether or not wearing contacts is suitable for you depends on your expectations and whether you may have a condition preventing you from doing so.
An initial adjustment period also requires patience, not to mention the guidelines for wearing, disinfecting, and cleaning your contact lenses. For some, this can be too much work, and they prefer to continue to wear eyeglasses. The choice to wear contacts is entirely individual.
If you feel confident that contact lenses are for you, please contact us at Campus Eye Center today. We would be happy to help you choose what style lenses you like and get you fit for your first pair during a comprehensive eye exam!
Eye exams and contacts go hand in hand. If you have decided prescription contact lenses are right for you, the next step is determining what lens material you'd like to use and talking with your eye doctor about your choice. You can choose from five types, and in addition to the material used in their construction, wearing options cover:
Soft Lenses: Made from hydrogels, soft lenses are thin, pliable, and easily conform to your eye's surface. Because they are soft, they are comfortable pretty much right away. Although they've been around for nearly five decades, they are still a good option and make up almost 25% of the contact lens market.
Silicone Hydrogel Lenses: By far the most popular type by people wearing contacts, silicone hydrogel contact lenses are an advancement in soft lenses introduced in 2002. They allow more oxygen to reach the cornea owing to their greater porosity.
PMMA Lenses: These lenses are made from the same material as Plexiglas, giving you a good insight into their nature. They're a hard lens, unlike the others described above. They offer excellent optics, but they deliver little oxygen to your cornea, making them hard to get used to wearing. Because of better materials available today, PMMA lenses are rarely prescribed.
Gas Permeable Lenses: If you're looking for contact lenses that offer sharper vision, especially in comparison to soft lenses, gas permeable lenses are a good fit. GP lenses are porous and allow oxygen to get to your cornea, making them much more comfortable and closer-fitting than hard lenses. In fact, after acclimating yourself to wearing them, you'll likely find them as comfortable as hydrogel contacts.
Hybrid Contact Lenses: As you might guess, hybrid prescription contact lenses provide the comfort of soft contacts with the enhanced optics of hard, gas-permeable lenses. The center portion of the contact is rigid and gas permeable, while the outer area is soft owing to hydrogel or silicone hydrogel material. Hybrid contact lenses are more costly than their soft contact counterparts.
Regardless of the style lens, Campus Eye Center has a great range of quality, brand-name contacts from companies like Ciba Vision, Bausch & Lomb, Acuvue (Johnson & Johnson), Coopervision, and Alden. You can even get contact lenses online with a valid prescription for added convenience.
Even if you have a good notion of the type of contact you'd like to wear, it's best to involve your eye care professional in the decision process. Plus, remember that you'll still need eyeglasses even with contact lenses. With that in mind, here are some things to consider when you're wearing contacts.
Do you want to wear your contacts every day? Or are you only going to wear them on special occasions? Are you looking for extended wear options, or are you okay with wearing lenses with a shorter lifespan?
If you select soft contact lenses, you'll have the flexibility to wear them whenever you like. You must wear gas-permeable (GP) contacts consistently to be comfortable.
If you're looking for better sharpness, GP lenses will do a better job for you than soft or silicone hydrogel contact lenses. That's especially true if you have astigmatism.
Looking to avoid the hassles of cleaning and disinfecting your contact lenses daily? Daily, disposable contacts or weekly disposables may be the answer. If you want to wear your contact lenses daily and nightly, even during sleep, a gas permeable lens might be the right answer.
Apart from these obvious considerations, you and your eye care professional must decide if you need bifocals or mono-vision contact lenses. And, if you suffer from dry eye, there are specific contact lenses that may suit you better. Finally, if you're fashion conscious or just looking for something different, colored contact lenses can enhance or change your eye color altogether.
If you think contact lenses are right for you, schedule your exam and eye fitting by calling us or using our contact us form.
A comprehensive eye exam for contact lenses costs more than a routine eye exam, mainly because more steps require additional time. Your eye care professional will need to determine what style of contact lens is best for your needs. Then there's the corneal topography test that maps out your cornea, including steeper and flatter areas. Remember that your contact lenses will rest on your eyes, so mapping out your cornea will ensure a better, more comfortable fit. After a discussion and corneal topography test, you'll need diagnostic contact lenses placed into your eyes to ensure your lenses fit and move correctly. These are just some of the additional steps we'll take to ensure wearing contacts is a pleasure and not a pain.
Give us a call at (717) 974-9661 or (717) 464-4333 and we'll be happy to give you a cost for your exam.
Campus Eye Center makes contact lens replacement fast and easy. Call our direct, 24/7 line at 717-974-9664 for your contact lens refills. After business hours, orders with a valid prescription placed by phone will be processed and ready for pickup at our offices the next business day. Annual rebates and free shipping are available for some products.
If you're ready to switch to contact lenses, give us a call to schedule your eye exam and fitting. Our eye care professionals will ensure they match you to the right style and fit. Call today.
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We offer total vision care including contact lenses and revolutionary Lasik eye surgery at our eye and laser center.
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