Contact lenses are a great alternative to glasses, giving patients the freedom of excellent visual acuity with unrestricted peripheral vision. Hundreds of contact lens options are available making them an option for almost everyone. Daily disposable contact lenses are available for patients that want the ultimate in convenience, comfort and health. Two week and monthly disposable contacts are the most commonly prescribed contact lenses, and require cleaning and disinfection when removed; however, they have a great deal of flexible prescribing options. Two week and monthly contacts are available with daily wear and extended wear options. Baby boomers will appreciate the benefits of bifocal contact lenses as we start to experience the challenges of reading over 40.
Quarterly replacement lenses are more commonly prescribed to patients that have prescriptions falling outside the parameters of more frequently replaced lenses.
Contact lenses are often used therapeutically to treat conditions such as keratoconus. Patients with keratoconus will usually see better with contact lenses than glasses. Prosthetic contact lenses are helpful for patients with conditions such as corneal scars, irregular pupils, and different colored eyes (heterochromia) giving the patient a symmetrical appearance and less sensitivity to light.
If you are an unsuccessful contact lens wearer it is worth another try. Advancements in contact lens solutions, materials, and dry eye treatment have made it possible for many previously unsuccessful contact lens wearers to once again comfortably enjoy the benefits of contact lenses.