When it comes to your vision, the decisions you make are important. From the trusted Arlington optometrist that you see regularly, to the eye-healthy foods you consume in your diet, to the contact lenses or glasses that you choose for your eyes, there are a lot of things to consider in taking care of your eyes. Whether you have recently developed the need for contact lenses or have made the decision to switch over from your glasses, there are options that need to be considered when it comes to choosing the right ones for you. Keep reading to learn a little bit more about your options so you won’t be too overwhelmed when heading to your nearby Arlington contacts store.
Your options in contact lenses
The first decision you will need to make when it comes to choosing your contacts, is whether or not you want to go with soft or hard lenses. If you didn’t even know there was such a thing as hard lenses, you wouldn’t be the first. Hard contact lenses are more rarely used and typically only by those who have other underlying vision issues or medical conditions. The soft version of contact lenses are much more common, and worn by about 90% of people who use contacts.
There are of course a lot of other options to consider when choosing your contact lenses such as whether or not you want to use daily wear contact lenses, or extended wear contact lenses, disposable contacts, toric contacts, clear or colored lenses, etc. So, how do you choose? Start out by doing your research and reading up on the different kinds and follow up by talking to your doctor about which ones are best for you.
Daily-wear contact lenses
People often choose daily wear lenses because they are the most affordable. These contact lenses are regularly taken out each night, disinfected, stored properly, and used again the next day. How often the lenses need to be replaced is dependent upon the brand, but it is usually between two weeks and three months.
Extended-wear contact lenses
These types of contact lenses are a bit less popularly used as they are not recommended by many optometrists as the safest or healthiest option. Unlike daily-wear contact lenses, extended-wear ones can be worn overnight. They need to be removed and disinfected weekly.
Daily disposable contact lenses
Disposable lenses are worn daily and then disposed of. They are quite convenient and a lower maintenance option than daily-wear or extended-wear lenses. These are a more expensive option when it comes to contact lenses since you are indeed using a new pair of them every day. These types of lenses are often used by those who suffer from eye allergies or sensitive eyes.
Colored contact lenses
When choosing contact lenses you have the option of enhancing the color of your eyes or changing it completely with colored contacts. These types of contacts are worn sometimes even solely for aesthetic reasons (without a prescription).
Toric contact lenses
Toric contact lenses are usually a bit more expensive than the other types of lenses and they are utilized by those who suffer from an astigmatism as they are made to help correct it.
Multifocal contact lenses
These types of lenses are often utilized by those who suffer from presbyopia. Presbyopia is a condition that is common amongst older adults and occurs when they have a difficulty focusing on up-close objects. These types of contact lenses can help to correct this inability to focus up close.
When you come to visit us here at First Eye Care North Arlington, our vision experts will be happy to help you choose the contact lenses that best fit you, your eyes, and your lifestyle. After your appointment with one of our optometrists you can head to our incorporated vision center to choose from our large selection of glasses and lenses. Contact us today for any questions or to schedule an appointment.