Contact Lenses Dallas
Contact lenses have been around for many years. Recently, there have been advances in contact lens design and materials that make Contact lenses more comfortable and can reduce the risk of infection. There are many benefits to wearing contact lenses including a wider field of vision, improved cosmetic appearance, ability to wear nonprescription sunglasses, and increased freedom in sports or exercise activities. We offer the most popular brands of contact lenses.
WHAT CONTACT LENS IS BEST FOR ME?
This is a decision that can only be made by your Doctor after an eye examination. In terms of lens design, the options are as follows:
- Spherical Lenses: For patients with little to no astigmatism.
- TORIC lenses: For patients with astigmatism.
- Rigid Gas Permeable lenses: For patients with high prescriptions or with eye disorders such as keratoconus.
- High oxygen permeability lenses: These lenses allow the eye to “breathe” better.
Contact lenses for “over 40 eyes”: Most patients over the age of 40 years old develop an age-related condition called presbyopia that decreases near vision. This can be corrected with contact lenses:
- Multifocal Contact lenses: These special lenses have different zones of focus built in. They allow vision at different distances, which makes reading easier.
- Mono-vision fit Contact Lenses: This is a fitting technique for presbyopic patients, where one lens is corrected for distance and the lens in the other eye is corrected for near. The brain takes over and fills in the gaps between these two areas of focus. It also allows vision at different distances, which makes reading easier.
How Often Should I Replace my Contact Lenses?
You should keep in mind that contact lenses are actually medical devices and they must be worn properly to reduce the risk of infection. Depending on the manufacturer and lens material, contact lenses can be worn in several different ways. Your Doctor will discuss the proper wearing protocol:
- Most lenses are worn daily and taken out at night for cleaning. These lenses can then be thrown away at 2 or 4-week intervals.
- A few lenses have been approved for 30 days of continuous wear.
- Daily disposable contact lenses are worn for one day, thrown away each night, and replaced with a new pair the next morning.
- Hard contact lenses or rigid gas permeable lenses, are worn daily and taken out every night for cleaning but can last a few years depending on the condition of the lens.
What are the Risks?
Contact lens wear can be associated with serious complications including eye infection and blindness. Any person who wears contact lenses is at risk for complications. The best way to decrease your chance of contact lens-related complications is to:
- Follow the instructions given to you by your eye care provider.
- Avoid over-wearing the lenses.
- Discard the lenses at proper intervals.
- Avoid sleeping in the lenses.
- Avoid swimming while wearing the lenses.
- See your eye doctor at least once a year even if you are not having symptoms.
- If you have any eye pain, redness discharge, or decrease in vision, you should see your eye doctor immediately.
- It is important to keep a pair of up to date glasses that you can use to see within the event of a contact lens-related complication.
Am I a Candidate?
If you are motivated to be free from the burden of wearing glasses, you may be a good candidate. There are conditions that may prevent you from wearing contact lenses, so it is important to have a comprehensive evaluation with your eye care provider before initiating contact lens wear.
If you are interested in Contact lenses, please Schedule an Appointment today.
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