A contact lens is a thin, curved lens placed on the film of tears that covers the surface of your eye. The lens itself is naturally clear, but is often given the slightest tinge of color to make them easier for wearers to handle. Today’s contact lenses are either hard or soft. Most people wear the latter form, but it wasn’t too long ago that contact lenses were even glass blown!
Certain conditions can determine what type of contact lens should be worn. Astigmatism is a common condition that can result in blurred or distorted vision at all distances, varying with the amount of astigmatism. Lenses for astigmatism are referred to as toric lenses. Presbyopia is an age-related condition. As you reach your 40’s or 50’s, you may find it harder to focus on nearby objects like menus, books or magazine print, especially in low light. Multifocal lenses can help.
Traditionally, people used eyeglasses to correct their vision, but today a lot of people prefer to use contact lenses for comfort, lifestyle, aesthetics or convenience.
The decision to wear contact lenses is purely personal and depends on the use of the wearer. Many active people choose to wear contact lenses so they don’t have to worry about their eyeglasses shifting around. You can also opt to change the color of your eyes by using different hued lenses. Contacts can also suit any style, whereas eyeglasses can potentially limit your style choices. Though they carry their own responsibilities, contacts tend to be more of a carefree choice in that you never need to worry about where they are or if they were to come apart from your face during use.
At Ewing Optical, we offer contact lenses from top brands based on our patient’s preferences. Gas Permeable (GP) contact lenses are rigid and more suitable for those who want a durable lens with a high flow of oxygen to get crisp vision. To correct astigmatism, toric contact lenses are typically used. For patients suffering from presbyopia, dry eyes and keratoconus, we can determine the proper contact lenses based on needs. Bifocal and multifocal contact lenses are designed for those with presbyopia but who do not like to wear bifocal eyeglasses.
Finding the right contact lens starts with an eye exam to determine eligibility and the most suitable prescription. We will help you find the lens with the best fit based on your lifestyle and the health and shape of your eye. You’ll also be able to try different lenses to find the most comfortable option for you and take samples home to make a final decision comfortably.
After making any necessary changes in material or shape, together we’ll decide on the best option for your unique needs. We will also teach you best practices on contact lens care as well as any consequences you may face in adverse conditions. Lastly, we will schedule a long term care program to monitor proper maintenance and condition of the lens.
If you’re ready to wear contact lenses to correct your vision or get more information, you can contact us anytime.