Those who wear contact lenses need to ensure they schedule an eye exam at least once a year.
Many people find the option of wearing contact lenses an intriguing alternative to prescription glasses. Modern optometry has advanced to the point that there are many safe and comfortable options on the market to match your needs. These include options for soft and hard lenses, disposables, extended wear, and even customized styles. Some people want them for occasional usage, while others want to make a complete switch from standard glasses.
If you are interested in switching to contact lenses, you will first need a special lens test. As recognized medical devices, you can't simply buy a pair in the local CVS.
A contact lens exam is comprehensive and it is comprised of the following:
Optometrists recommend annual exams to monitor for any changes in your prescription and for signs of eye complications. Additionally, you may be interested in switching lenses based on changes in lifestyle, or out of a desire for a new look.
Not every type of lens is suitable for everyone. You will need to consider the types of lenses deemed appropriate for your eyes, as well as the style of lenses that meets your needs. You will want to consider:
People with sensitive eyes may develop intolerance ranging from mild infection, redness, and sensitivity, to more serious types of ocular damage. If you notice any signs or symptoms of pain or discomfort, notify your optometrist as soon as possible. Remove your contacts until you are given permission to resume wearing them.
Contact lens technology and materials has radically evolved over the past 20 years. So even if you had difficulties in the past from high myopia, high astigmatism, corneal issues such as keratoconus, or have had discomfort when wearing contact lenses in the past, you can most likely successfully be fit with contact lenses.