If you need corrective lenses to see clearly, but you do not want to wear glasses, contact lenses are an excellent alternative. At Simply Eyes in Colleyville, Cuc Bui, OD, and Fortsmith Pham, OD, offer eye exams to identify your contact lens prescription and a variety of contact lens brands and types to meet your vision needs. Call Simply Eyes or make an appointment online today.
Contact lenses rest on your eyes, adjusting the way light enters your pupils to correct refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), or astigmatism.
Refractive errors interfere with the way your eyes focus light. For example, if you are nearsighted, abnormalities in your eye focus light in front of your retina, while if you are farsighted, your eyes focus light at a point behind your retina.
Contact lenses bend light as it enters your eye, ensuring it focuses on the right location on your retina for clear, sharp vision.
When it comes to contact lenses, you have a wide variety of types and brands to choose from, including soft, gas permeable, and specialty lenses.
Many patients choose soft contact lenses because they are comfortable and easy to wear. The doctors may prescribe you disposable lenses for daily, weekly, biweekly, and monthly wear.
Gas permeable lenses are made of a firm plastic material. They provide the most precise vision correction, although some patients find that they take longer to adapt.
If you have astigmatism, toric lenses may be the best option for you. They are designed to ensure they stay in the correct position on your eye for optimal vision.
Multifocal contact lenses include different prescription strengths to correct both near and far vision. If you have presbyopia — an age-related condition that impairs your near vision — multifocal lenses help you see objects that are far away as well as up close to reduce your dependency on reading glasses.
Depending on your vision needs and eye health, you may benefit from specialty lenses such as ortho-k lenses that allow you to see without glasses or contacts during the day. Other specialty contacts could provide you with optimal vision if you have keratoconus. Additionally, you can choose lenses to change the color of your eyes.
Your optometrist gives you specific instructions on how to care for your contacts. For example, you should always change disposable lenses as indicated. Some lenses require special cleaning solutions to prevent protein deposits.
You should always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before inserting or removing your contacts to reduce your risk of introducing bacteria into your eye.
If you are interested in contact lenses or are due for a new prescription, call Simply Eyes or make an appointment online today.