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Are Contact Lenses Right for You?
They slide down your nose in the summer, fog up when you go inside in the winter, and are in danger every time a small child comes around with grasping hands. Glasses have been around for hundreds of years, but maybe it's time to move to something different. Contact lenses will correct your eyesight just as well as glasses without the major problems most commonly encountered with glasses. But how do you know if contact lenses are the right choice for you?
Here at Harrell Eyecare our doctors have been helping people to see better for decades, and they've fitted thousands of patients with pairs of contact lenses. No matter what your vision problems are, there's a good chance that our doctors can create the right kind of contact lens for you.
The Types of Contact Lenses
Over 30 million people wear contact lenses in the U.S. with varying vision correction needs. There are three basic types of contact lenses: oxygen-permeable, soft, and hard lenses. Our doctors will examine your eyes and discuss your lifestyle before deciding which type is the best for you. Some contact need to be taken out and cleaned daily, while others can be worn for extended periods of time. All contact lenses have to be disposed of and replaced regularly, but this can mean weekly, monthly, or even every six months.
Specialty Contact Lenses
Traditionally, many people with intricate vision problems were prevented from wearing contact lenses. Today our doctors can fit lenses for almost every eye care patient. Among the specialty contact lenses available are:
Lenses for people with corneal scarring
Lenses for patients with conditions like Keratoconus
Contact lenses for those with astigmatism
Contacts for people with dry eye syndrome
Contact lenses for those who have had refractive surgery, but now need vision correction again
Contacts for Those Who Don't Need Them
Additionally, we also provide cosmetic lenses that are available in almost every color in the spectrum, or with special effects such as cat eyes or completely black irises. Cosmetic lenses come either plain or with a prescription, so that those who need corrective lenses aren't left out of the fun. If you've ever wanted to have violet eyes or dreamed of eyes in peacock blue, cosmetic lenses may be just what you're looking for.
Contact Lens Care
Whether your contact lenses are cosmetic or crucial for your eyesight, it's important that you follow your doctor's instructions on aftercare. Get the correct cleaning solutions and clean your lenses accordingly. Never sleep in lenses that aren't suited to do so. See your doctor and have your lenses replaced as needed. Skipping out on contact lens care can result in painful eye infections, but if you care for them properly your contacts should correct your vision for years to come