Some people love the accessory value of prescription eyeglasses and others prefer the no-glasses look of contact lenses. And of course lots of people switch between the two, depending on the moment.
Contacts are thin lenses that float over the front of the eye. Like prescription glasses, contacts are worn to correct vision, though some people wear colored contacts to boost or change eye color, too. They're worn to correct vision conditions like nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. There are many different types of contact lenses to choose from depending on your vision needs, lifestyle, and personal habits.
Over 30 million Americans wear contact lenses.
Contacts are super convenient and come in daily, weekly, and monthly wear options. If you're looking for super low maintenance, then daily disposables contact lenses are a breeze. Wear them once and throw them away. Because you get a new pair every day, daily disposables are simple, safe, and hygienic. You don't even need to carry solution and a case.Not sure about daily disposable contact lenses? Or even disposables? No worries. Take a look at the chart below to see what combination of contact lens material and wear schedule sounds right for your vision needs and lifestyle. There's one that'll be perfect for you.
Contact lenses can make life better for teenagers, athletes, and adults with multi-vision needs. For teens, they're a confidence booster. For athletes, they can provide freedom from the distraction of glasses while engaging in sports or an active lifestyle. For adults over 50 who need readers for presbyopia, multifocal contacts can be a game changer. Almost anyone can wear contacts, but there are a few things to consider. Do you have a special eye condition? Many eye conditions, including astigmatism or presbyopia, can be addressed with contacts. But glasses may be a better choice if you have special medical conditions like diabetes or hyperthyroidism. Respiratory issues may also make it harder to wear contact lenses. If you are thinking about contacts, your optometrist can talk through any considerations and information.
Getting contact lenses starts with a contact lens exam, it's a different kind of prescription than your eyeglasses. Your doctor will find a lens with exactly the right amount of curve, thickness, and diameter to correct your unique vision needs. Then they'll make sure the lens fits your eye.Don't forget to keep your prescription eyeglasses up-to-date so you'll always have a back-up. And contacts don't protect your eyes against sun damage, so remember to always pack sunglasses. If contact lenses sound like a good option, schedule an eye exam to find out which ones will work for you.
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