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Many people have made the switch from eyeglasses to contact lenses, which allow you more freedom in your activities and can also improve your appearance. If you are uncertain about making the change, rest assured, your eye doctor can discuss your needs and options that are available for your eye exam. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions about contact lenses that our patients often ask.
Almost anyone who needs vision correction can wear contact lenses. Generally, children should be over the age of 12 in order to care for the lenses properly. If you have frequent eye infections, severe allergies or work in a dusty environment, contact lenses may not be the right choice for you.
Soft contact lenses are among the most popular types because of their comfort level. Rigid gas permeable lenses last somewhat longer and can be used to correct many types of vision problems. Disposable lenses are worn for a single day and are then thrown away. However, some types can be worn for two weeks. Colored lenses are available that allow you to change the color of your eyes. Extended wear contact lenses can be worn during the day and during sleep for up to 30 days. Bifocal lenses are available for individuals who need correction both for distance and for close work. Special types of lenses are also available for other vision needs. Your eye doctor in Culpepper will advise you on the best type for your specific needs.
Differences in individual sensitivity, as well as the type of lenses, can influence how long it takes to get used to having them in your eyes. Some individuals are comfortable with them in a single day. Other people may take as long as 3 weeks to become accustomed to them.
First, always make a point of washing your hands before handling your contact lenses. Your lenses should not be stored in water. Don’t use saliva to wet the lenses, Remove the lenses before swimming or showering. Always use the type of lens solution recommended by the manufacturer. Lens cases can be a source of contamination and can lead to infection, so replace the solution in your case frequently.
Some types of contact lenses can be worn during sleep, but not all of them. Your optometrist will advise you on the type of contact lenses you have and will provide information on appropriate care of the lenses and your eyes.
Dr. Miles Press and the friendly staff at Eye Care of Virginia are dedicated to providing superior eye care for their patients, in King George VA, Culpepper and nearby communities. We can provide accurate measurement of the curvature of your eyes to ensure the most comfortable fit for your contact lenses. Call Eye Care of Virginia today at 540-663-3937 for an appointment to learn how contact lenses can allow you to see clearly without glasses.