Contact lenses, also known as colored contact lenses, are thick, thin, clear lenses placed directly onto the cornea of your eye’s. Contact lenses have been used for over 15 years and are remarkably common. Contact lenses are superior alternative to glasses, and many people prefer them to get around without the need for glasses.
Many people with vision impairments wear contact lenses, but some people also wear eyeglasses. If you’re interested in changing your eye color, or just trying out an eye color you’ve never tried before, talk to your optometrist to find out about contact lenses. Your optometrist is familiar with your eye history and can help you determine whether contact lenses are right for you. If you don’t feel comfortable using your own hands to put on and remove contact lenses, your optometrist may recommend a contact lens provider near you that provides convenient, safe, and effective contact lens applications.
Contact lenses come in two basic types: rigid gas permeable (RGP), and soft gas permeable (SGP). Your eye doctor can help you decide which type of contact lenses will work best for you. In general soft gas permeable lenses require less maintenance and replacement schedules than their rigid counterparts. To help you make the best decision, it’s helpful to have a basic understanding of how contact lenses function and what you should expect when you wear them.
One important part of wearing contact lens includes cleaning and maintenance. When choosing a contact lens solution, it’s important to choose one that is approved by your eye doctor. There are also contact lens care products that can be used to maintain contact lens appearance and comfort. These cleaning solutions, along with a quality contact lens case, should be used at least once a day to ensure your contact lens is working at its optimal level and that you’re happy with its performance.
If you wear glasses, cleaning and maintenance of contact lenses will not be much different from those who wear traditional eyeglasses. Your optometrist is likely to suggest that you use cleaning solutions designed specifically for contact lenses and that you use a specific contact lens case to keep your contacts clean and ready for when they are placed in your eye. Your optometrist is also likely to recommend a specific dosage of lens cleaning and maintenance solution that should be used in order to protect your eyes and eye health. Some people find that when they switch from glasses to soft contact lenses that the glasses get more worn out quickly than when they switch to the soft contact lenses initially. Using lens care solutions and a quality contact lens case can help make this transition easier.
While many people enjoy contact lenses, some suffer from various degrees of vision problems or vision irregularities. Before you make the change, you should visit an eye doctor to determine if you are a good candidate for wearing contact lenses. If you do, you’ll have the convenience of taking care of your contact lenses right at home and avoiding the hassle of having to go to your eye doctor’s office to get them cleaned or evaluated. A quality contact lens manufacturer may even offer a free trial or demo with purchase of their contact lenses. This can provide you with enough information to help you decide if you want to continue with contact lenses or if you need to find another solution.