The Right Contact Lens for You

January 1, 2009 by  
Filed under Contact Lenses

Vision problems are common among both the young and old. Spectacles, laser surgery and use of contact lenses are the various ways through which eye problems can be addressed.

Contact lenses today solve much of the people’s vision problems. State of the art technologies have been perfected in the manufacture of contact lenses, and researches are being done for zeroing in on more durable and safe materials for making contact lenses.

Eye examination methods have been so perfected that it is now easy to make accurate assessments on what the patient requires for sight correction. And with the right prescription, there is an array of contact lenses like colored contact lenses and bifocal contact lenses to chooes from. There is also a wide range of prices for contact lenses – so there are contact lenses to suit every budget.

Wide variety of choice:

Soft contact lenses have replaced the former glass ones as the most popular eye contacts these days. This soft type of contact lenses is available as disposable contact lens, colored contact lenses, bifocal contact lenses, and as extended wear contacts. Among the colored variety are the blue eye contacts, cat eye contacts etc. Some of the colored contact lenses are only colored enough to make the handling of the lens easy, while others are designed to effect a change in the eye color.

RGP or rigid gas permeable lenses strike a balance between hard glass lenses and soft eye contacts. The material allows good permeability of oxygen and thereby reduces the chance of eye infections. Its hardness also makes this type of contact lenses more durable.

Another variety is toric contact lenses. Of these, the prosite variety is suitable for those who have a higher case of astigmatism. Also, for those who require progressive lenses or bifocal contact lenses, the toric variety will be a good choice.

Insertion and removal of a contact lens should be done while following both the doctor’s and manufacturer’s instructions correctly. Disposable contact lens should be disposed at the end of the prescribed period and cleaning guidelines for all types of contact lenses have to be followed accurately.

Even with correct using, contact lenses may sometimes cause problems. Blurred vision, dry eyes, and in rarer instances corneal infections and conjunctivitis do result from the continued use of contact lenses. These will have to be treated based on the physician’s instructions – so if you are having any problems, you should consult with your physician. You should refrain from wearing contact lenses till the problem is solved satisfactorily.