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According to the CDC, more than 30 million people wear contact lenses in the U.S., correcting an array of vision issues while reducing their reliance on glasses. During the past decade or so, contact lens technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, and today, there are a multitude of design styles available to help people with all kinds of vision problems leave their glasses behind.
What Type Of Contact Lenses Do You Need?
If you’re considering contact lenses, probably one of the first questions you’ll have is, “What kind of lenses are right for me?” Of course, your optometrist will play a key role in helping you choose your lenses, but here’s a quick rundown of some of the options that are available:
- Gas permeable contact lenses (sometimes called rigid gas permeable lenses) are arguably the best choice for crisp, clear vision, featuring a hard surface and superior optical characteristics compared to soft lenses.
- If you’re concerned about the comfort of your lenses, most patients find soft contact lenses to be almost immediately comfortable. As their name implies, these lenses are softer and more flexible compared to gas permeable lenses, which typically have a much longer adjustment period.
- For patients with astigmatism, toric contact lenses are specially designed to suit the unique elongated shape of the cornea to correct blurry vision.
- Daily disposable lenses can be the ideal choice for patients who don’t want to be bothered by daily cleaning routines. These lenses are worn for one day only then thrown away, which means you never have to worry about lens solutions, cases or regular cleaning.
- If your eyes are feeling the effects of age, multifocal or bifocal lenses can help address presbyopia, a condition that develops with age as the eyes become less able to focus. People with presbyopia may have good distance vision, but reading books or performing close-up work is difficult or impossible. Bifocal or multifocal lenses serve the same purpose as reading glasses, providing crystal-clear vision for near work.
The type of contact lenses you need will depend on several factors, including the health of your eyes, the vision problems you’re experiencing and personal preference. Within each type of lens are different brands, and some patients may find they prefer one brand over another. Choosing the best lens for your needs begins with a contact lens eye exam with an experienced optometrist to assess your vision needs and to measure your cornea, the clear covering of your eye that will support the lens. Measurements are obtained using special instruments and they’re essential for obtaining an optimal fit.
Once your lenses are made, you’ll come in for a fitting appointment to ensure the lenses are comfortable. Your optometrist may provide you with a trial pair to wear for a week or so to be sure the prescription is correct before your final lenses are ordered.
Schedule Arlington Optometrists for Contact Lenses and Exams
At First Eyecare of North Arlington, our team of skilled optometrists and eye care specialists are dedicated to helping patients throughout the Arlington, TX, area find just the right contact lenses for their needs. To learn more about contact lenses and to decide if they’re right for you, call First Eyecare of North Arlington at 817-860-9050 and schedule your appointment today.