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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.  

Options for Soft Contact Lenses

Soft contact lenses come in many different sizes, brands, colors, and replacement options.  Their versatility means you can find a lens and a replacement schedule that matches your lifestyle.  Many people choose lenses with a monthly replacement schedule, which allows them to be worn for 30 days before being discarded.  Other lenses with a slightly shorter lifespan offer a biweekly or 2-week replacement schedule. Both monthly and bi-weekly lenses are cost-effective options that require the wearer to regularly clean and store the lenses overnight. 

Some monthly lenses advertise themselves as “extended-wear” lenses.  These have FDA approval for overnight wear for up to six consecutive days, then must be removed and cleaned on the seventh day.  While some lens designs make overnight wear an option, most optometrists agree that overnight wear of any contact lens, even those approved for extended wear, can increase the risk of complications or infections.  

Instead of overnight lenses, many contact lens wearers and eye care professionals favor daily disposable contact lenses for a convenient corrective option.  These lenses are worn for a single day and then discarded, with a new fresh pair being worn each and every day. Daily disposable lenses are the healthiest option for ocular health, especially for those people who may have a history of contact lens complications.  They are also a great option for busy teens who are just starting to wear contact lenses, those affected by dry eye disease or ocular allergies, or those who struggle to maintain an appropriate cleaning and storage routine. 

 

An Option for Almost Everyone

Contact lenses come in a wide variety of prescription options, making them an option for almost everyone.  Spherical contact lenses are the most common option; these lenses are used to correct for nearsightedness and farsightedness.  If you have an astigmatism, you may need toric contact lenses to help correct your vision.  Improvements in toric lens designs allow them to deliver clear and consistent vision to people with mild to moderate amounts of astigmatism.  For those affected by presbyopia who rely on reading glasses or bifocals, there are multifocal contact lenses that can help correct for both distance and near vision. It’s highly likely that there is a lens option for you, no matter what your visual demands are.

 

Other Contact Lens Options

Some people choose to add cosmetic properties to their contact lenses.  Colored contact lenses can be used to enhance or change the natural color of the iris, and come in a wide range of prescriptions.  Recently new UV-activated contact lenses have hit the market, which change from clear to tinted lenses when exposed to the sun. If you are interested in special modifications to your soft contact lenses, ask your doctor about the possibilities.   

 

Our eye doctor at Innovative Vision Care in Belton, Missouri excels in the prescription of contact lenses, glasses and various eye diseases.  Call our optometrist at 816.331.9590 or request an appointment online if you would like to be evaluated for new or existing soft contact lenses.  Our eye doctor, Dr. Aaron Law, provides the highest quality optometry services  and eye exams in Belton, MO.

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COVID-19 Update

To Our Valued Patients:

We are excited to announce that we have re-opened for routine eye care. To make an appointment click here:  https://www.innovativevisioncare.com/make-an-appointment/

We are spacing out appointments during this time and modifying some of our procedures (visit https://www.innovativevisioncare.com/covid-19-info/ for full details).

In addition to social distancing within the office, we will check temperatures before entering the building and require mask wear while in the office, in accordance with CDC and MO Department of Health regulations.

Continue to stay safe and healthy, and we look forward to providing eye care for new and existing patients again.

The Innovative Vision Care team