Contact lenses are a discreet way of managing vision impairments without being tied to a pair of glasses. There are two classifications of contacts – soft and hard. Soft lenses are the most popular and are most commonly used to treat people with astigmatism, nearsightedness, or farsightedness. New advances in soft contact lenses now allow them to correct presbyopia (the need for reading glasses) as well. Hard lenses, while not as popular, can also be used for vision correction and can, in some cases, provide crisper and clearer vision than soft lenses.
Did you know…
that more than 30 million people in the U.S. wear contact lenses? The majority of those people are females over the age of 25 who wear soft lenses. However, children as young as 10 years old could be candidates for contacts so long as they are capable of following all wear and care instructions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for contact lenses?
You may be a candidate for contact lenses if you require vision correction lenses and are looking for a non-surgical alternative to eyeglasses. To find out if contacts are right for you, schedule an appointment with our Dallas optometrist.
What should I expect when I am fitted for contact lenses?
Your Dallas eye doctor will conduct a thorough eye exam and prescribe a contact lens brand and power based on the results of your eye exam and your frequency of wear. In most cases, you’ll be fitted with a trial pair of lenses before you leave the office and asked to return for a follow up visit several days or weeks later.
How should I care for my eyes and contacts after my appointment?
You will be given instructions designed to help you protect your new contacts, as well as your eyes. If you fail to follow these instructions, you risk getting a corneal infection that could threaten your sight. Most importantly, you’ll be instructed to wash your hands prior to handling your contacts. Depending on the type of lenses you wear, you may also need to remove your contacts at night before bed. It is important to always have a pair of back-up glasses in addition to your contact lenses.