Millions of U.S. adults wear contact lenses. They can correct astigmatism, presbyopia, farsightedness, and nearsightedness. Contacts are small silicone or plastic circular lenses that are specifically shaped to fix refractive errors or vision problems. The right prescription, fit, and design are vital for safety and comfort.
Over the years, contact lenses have improved to become more comfortable and simple to wear. Hard and soft contact lenses are available. If you choose to wear hard lenses, it takes up to one month to ‘break in’ the lenses. During this period, you will wear the lens for an extra amount of time every day. Soft contacts take less time to get accustomed to.
The type of care required varies depending on the life of the contact lens. For instance, some lenses must be disposed of after a week while others are used for a more extensive period. It is vital to follow the instructions that accompany your specific type of contact lenses to ensure the health and safety of your eyes. If directions are not followed, you may be more likely to develop vision complications.
Most people typically opt for contact lenses because they are convenient and they don’t like the look of glasses. You may be a good candidate for hard or soft contact lenses if you have difficulty seeing far away objects, are motivated to endure the minimal discomfort during the ‘breaking in’ period and are responsible enough to attend to the details of cleaning and storing contacts. If you have a profession or hobby where glasses get in the way or could be dangerous to wear, contact lenses may be an excellent option.
Contacts may not be the best choice for you if: you don’t have the patience to properly care for contacts or have medical conditions like allergies or hyperthyroidism, which make it hard to wear contacts. If you have dry eyes, cornea problems, or eye infections wearing contact lenses may be more difficult for you.