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Contact Lenses

A contact lens is a thin disk which floats on the surface of the eye, providing vision correction.With advances in optical technology, almost everyone now can wear contact lenses, regardless of the type or extent of their vision problems. This includes patients with astigmatism and those who need bifocal or multifocal lenses. Most practices offer a comprehensive array of contact lenses to suit their patients' individual needs. All contact lenses require a prescription.

Types of Contact Lenses

Daily-wear lenses

Daily-wear soft contact lenses are the most popular type of contacts worn. Made of a flexible plastic polymer, daily-wear lenses are put in each morning and taken out each night. Daily-wear contacts come in many colors and typically last about one year.

Extended-wear lenses

Extended-wear soft contact lenses can be worn all the time, including while the patient is asleep. Depending on whether a patient has a 7-day (standard) or 30-day lenses, they only need to take out and clean their contacts once a week and to give their eyes a rest and reduce the risk of a corneal infection. Extended-wear lenses are made of soft silicone that retains moisture longer than daily-wear contacts, allows more oxygen to reach the eye and prevents bacteria and protein buildup.

Disposable-wear lenses

Disposable soft lenses are intended to be thrown out and replaced after they have been worn for a certain period of time. This makes them even easier to maintain than regular soft contacts. Many disposable lenses are designed for either replacement every morning, every two weeks, or even every month. Daily-wear disposables are worn during waking hours only, while extended-wear disposables can be worn for longer periods.

Gas-permeable Lenses

Rigid, gas-permeable contacts offer several benefits over soft lenses. Including the following:

  • Correction of a wider range of vision problems, including a high degree of astigmatism
  • A sharper vision than most soft lenses
  • More oxygen flow through to the eye, reducing the risk of corneal irritation
  • More durable than soft lenses and don't need to be replaced as often, lasting as long as two or three years
  • Less likely to tear like soft contact lenses
  • Less prone to a buildup of deposit

Because they are much harder than flexible contacts, gas-permeable lenses may take some getting used to when they are first worn. They are also more likely than soft lenses to slip off the center of the eye and require adjustment, making them an inconvenient choice for patients who play sports or participate in other demanding activities. However, most patients soon grow accustomed to the feel of gas-permeable lenses and are satisfied with the improvement of their vision.

Backup Eyeglasses for Contact Lens Wearers

Regardless of the reason for wearing contacts, it is always important to care for you eyes. We recommend that contact lens wearers have a backup pair of glasses in order to help protect your eyes.

Uses of Backup Eyeglasses

 


There are a many reasons backup eyeglasses are important for contact lens patients.

Eye Infections


Eye infections occur less with people who have backup glasses because those people are more likely to wear the backup glasses instead of continuing to wear contact lenses when they have an irritation in their eye. If you have an irritation or an eye infection, do not wear your contact lenses. If you keep wearing your contact lenses, this can cause more problems. You should immediately use your eyeglasses and call us to schedule an appointment with our Doctors.

Ability to Breathe


Your eyes need oxygen. Allowing your eyes to take a break from contacts is essential.

 

On the GO


Eyeglasses are also convenient if you’re constantly on the go or your work involves travel since you may not have access to your eye doctor and additional supplies (such as contact lenses and solution).

Getting Backup Eyeglasses

 

When getting backup eyeglasses make sure that they are made with the latest prescription from your eye doctor.

Also, your backup eyeglasses should allow you to see well indoors, outdoors, and driving (transition lenses are a great choice). Keep your backup eyeglasses in a easy to find place.

 

 

Sunglasses


It is essential to protect your eyes at all times specially using contact lenses, Plano sunglasses with U.V. protection is a must if you are a contact lens patient.

Special Discount

 

We offer special discount prices on plano sunglasses as well as on prescription back up glasses.

Our pledge to every patient is to provide:

  • The sharpest vision possible
  • Superior eye protection
  • Comfort
  • Fashion and Style

Need a pair of sunglasses?

Please contact our Optical for any questions you may have (713)-477-8137.

To learn more about our Ophthalmology Services, please call us to schedule an appointment at 713.473.5715!

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