Contact lenses are one of the most widely used medical devices in America. As developmental advancements have improved the selection of contact lenses, millions of people have chosen contacts to provide clear vision on a daily basis. In the wake of these advancements that make contact lenses safer, more versatile, and more comfortable, many misconceptions surround this popular corrective option. Today we’re separating the facts about contact lenses from the fiction.
For kids and teenagers, trying contact lenses for the first time can be both a scary and exciting experience. Most first-timers and their parents will have lots of questions about trying contact lenses. What age is appropriate for trying contacts for the first time? What type of lenses should be worn? Are there any risks? The truth is that the answers to these questions varies from person to person. There are many factors to consider and to discuss with your optometrist before trying contact lenses. Continue reading to learn more about them.
Symptoms of dry eye disease are very common and affect millions of people. For some people who rely on contact lenses for clear vision, dryness and irritation can be worsened by the daily wear of their lenses. While this can be a frustrating experience, luckily there are many options to improve comfort for people who experience dryness related to their contact lenses. If you are experiencing discomfort and dryness, talk to your eye doctor before giving up on your contacts.
Myopia, more commonly known as nearsightedness, is becoming more and more prevalent across the world. This vision problem causes objects that are far away to appear blurry and out-of-focus. Most of the time, myopia can be easily fixed with glasses, contact lenses, or refractive surgery such as LASIK or PRK. However, the condition can also increase the risk of certain eye health conditions such as retinal tears or detachments, glaucoma, or the early development of cataracts. Because myopia is becoming increasingly common, especially among American children, this public health concern has the attention of eye care providers.
Scleral lenses are specialty contact lenses that have gained popularity among eye care providers and patients alike. Scleral lenses are large diameter contact lenses that vault over the front surface of the eye and rest smoothly on the sclera, or the white area. Before putting on the lens, it is filled with a nourishing fluid that keeps the front surface of the eye lubricated throughout the entire day. The unique lens design and stable material of scleral lenses provides many people with clear and comfortable vision.
Soft contact lenses are one of the most popular, convenient, and versatile corrective options. These medical devices allow millions of Americans to have clear vision without relying on glasses. Thanks to new designs and developments in the realm of contact lenses, soft contacts are an option for almost everybody.
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a common form of refractive error that causes objects in the distance to appear blurry or out-of-focus, and can easily be remedied by a pair of glasses or contact lenses. Myopia has been gaining attention amongst eye care providers because the prevalence of nearsightedness is on the rise. Not only are more and more children developing myopia, but the amount of myopia is becoming more severe. While some children are more likely to develop nearsightedness due to a genetic predisposition, research suggests that environmental factors such as prolonged reading and near work also plays a role in the development of myopia.
Soft contact lenses have become one of the most popular choices for vision correction, but they are not the only choice for contact lens wearers. There are other types of specialty contact lenses that can provide clear vision, even for those who may have unsuccessfully tried soft contact lenses in the past. These lenses can be helpful tools for contact lens wearers who suffer from symptoms of dry eye disease, or for those with very strong prescriptions or with high amounts of astigmatism. Specialty contact lenses can also be used in the treatment and management of certain corneal diseases, such as keratoconus, where the front surface of the eye is irregularly shaped and traditional glasses or contact lenses cannot provide adequate visual correction. While specialty contact lenses are favored in some of these “difficult” eyes, they are still an option for everyone. Continue reading to learn about the benefits of specialty contact lenses.
For the many of Americans that choose contact lenses as their form of visual correction, daily disposable lenses may be an appealing option. In fact, millions of people have chosen these lenses because of the health benefits, convenience, and comfort they provide. Patients and eye care providers alike can agree that these lenses are a great option. To learn more about these lenses and the benefits they provide, continue reading.
The optical system of the eye is responsible for how light focuses on the retina. If the shape of the eye prevents light from focusing properly, objects may appear blurry or out of focus. This problem is known as refractive error, and millions of people are affected by it. While there are many misconceptions about it, astigmatism is simply a form of refractive error. Just like nearsightedness or farsightedness, astigmatism can be easily fixed by glasses or contact lenses. Continue reading to learn more about astigmatism, and to debunk many of the usual misconceptions about this common form of refractive error.