If you have been wearing eyeglasses for some time, you might be thinking of making the switch to contact lenses. If so, there are some important factors to consider when making your decision and it is important to include your doctor at Spectacles in the process. People use contact lenses as an alternative to eyeglasses for a variety of reasons. Glasses are easy to use, but they may not be desirable because of cosmetic concerns, or for active people who do sporting activities.
Are Contact Lenses for You?
Dr. Weisfeld and his staff are proficient in all types of contact lenses. It may be the convenience of daily disposable lenses, common 2-week disposable, or the more challenging astigmatic, bifocal, or gas permeable contacts. Our Doctors' combined 75 years of experience will guaranty a safe and comfortable fitting experience and the correct lens for you.
Eyeglasses and contact lenses are the two most popular methods of correcting common vision problems, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and trouble reading or seeing objects close. This may be due to an aging, rigid lens in the eye.
Almost everyone who uses eyeglasses for vision correction is also a candidate for contact lenses. The most important consideration in determining whether someone should wear contact lenses is whether the patient is motivated to wear them and responsible enough to practice proper lens care.
To be a successful contact lens wearer, you must commit to proper care and hygiene. For those who work in dusty or very dry environments, you may not be a candidate for full-time wear but may use contacts socially or for sports. And for patients who have dry eyes or severe allergies, part-time contact lens wear may still be attainable. With the wide variety of contact lens materials available, Dr. Weisfeld has been successful in treating patients who are not ideal candidates.
Contact Lens Fitting
There are two types of contact lenses available today. If you choose soft lenses, which are made from a soft plastic material, the adjustment period is usually very brief. Within a few minutes of putting the lens on the eye, many people stop noticing the lens is even there. Hard gas permeable will take a bit longer to adapt.
Adjusting to Contact Lenses
If you decide to give contact lenses a try, our team can help fit your contacts and educate you on wearing and maintaining them properly. Our team of eye care professionals can also diagnose and treat any eye conditions that might make it difficult for you to wear contact lenses. Fitting someone for contacts is a very intricate process. Our team has the experience to fit you with the proper contact lenses. If the contacts aren't fitted correctly, there is an increased risk of vision problems, discomfort, inability to tolerate the lenses, eye abrasions, and infection (redness).
Problems to Watch For
When you are wearing contact lenses, it is important to work closely with our office to make sure that the lenses aren't causing any problems for your eyes. If you experience any pain, redness, light sensitivity, tearing, or any other worrisome symptoms, you should call our office immediately.