Tired of glasses that constantly slip around on your face, don’t let you make the fashion statement you want, and create difficulties when you want to engage in physical activities? Contact lenses could be the best option for you. Today, you have more options than ever.
At Harlem VistaSite Eye Care in New York City, New York, we provide a complete range of eyecare services, including contact prescriptions. We can help you choose the right type of contacts for your vision needs and your lifestyle.
Different kinds of contact lenses
There are several different kinds of contacts, and the best choice of you will depend on factors such as your specific vision issues and lifestyle habits.
Rigid contact lenses
Rigid contact lenses are good for people who suffer from chronic dry eyes. They are a little more expensive to purchase, but can be cleaned daily and reused so that you don’t have to replace them often. However, some people find them difficult to insert and remove, and can’t get used to them.
Soft contact lenses
There are two main types of soft contact lenses: daily wear and extended wear. Soft lenses are flexible and slightly permeable, meaning they allow oxygen to penetrate to your eye.
Daily wear soft lenses must be removed daily, and either discarded or cleaned and stored in a sterile solution overnight, depending on the specific brand and labeling. These might need to be replaced every morning or could be reused for up to a week.
Extended wear soft lenses usually don’t need replacing until 30 days have passed. You can wear them when you’re sleeping, but you should still remove and clean them at least once a week to ensure there is no buildup or debris that could scratch your eye.
Special contact lenses
If you have astigmatism, there are special contact lenses we can prescribe that will help with your specific vision issues. We can also get multifocal contact lenses for you that function like bifocal or trifocal glasses. It can take some time to acclimate to these lenses.
Responsible contact lens use
You absolutely must commit to a routine for cleaning and maintaining your contacts. Around 20% of eye infections caused by contacts end up causing serious eye damage. Follow recommendations for use, cleaning, storage, and replacement devotedly to help protect the health of your eyes, and get regular eye exams.
Are you interested in learning more about contacts? We can help. Simply book an appointment online or over the phone with Harlem VistaSite Eye Care today.