Contact Lenses - Optometrist in Des Plaines, IL
How Do Contact Lenses Work?
Contact lenses are used to improve vision by correcting for conditions like nearsightedness (myopia) or farsightedness (hyperopia). By altering the path of light as it reaches your eye, contacts refocus your vision and allow you to see clearly. Contacts can be made to match your prescription and can correct special vision problems like astigmatism.
Contacts come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some are designed for one-time daily use while others can be worn for up to a week without removal. Some require higher maintenance and daily cleaning while others never have to be cleaned at all. Contacts can come in different colors (and even different patterns) to transform the color of your eyes.
Types of Contact Lenses
- Rigid gas-permeable (RGP) – Made of a softer blend of plastics which allows for a natural passage of airflow to the eyes.
- Soft lenses – Softer and more flexible than RGP lenses. They are easier to adapt to than RGP lenses but not as comfortable in the long run.
- Extended-wear lenses – Can be worn for up to a week without removal or replacement. They can be made of RGP plastics or standard soft lens material.
How to Clean Contact Lenses?
Contacts should always be handled with clean hands. Be sure to wash thoroughly your hands with soap and water before cleaning your contacts to avoid getting dirt and bacteria in your eyes. Purchasing a contact cleaning solution is recommended. Rinse the contact with cleaning solution to remove dirt and unwanted particles. Make sure to store the contacts in a sanitary contact lens case filled with fresh cleaning solution when they are not in use.
Contact Lense Benefits
Many people with vision problems prefer contacts as they give you a natural range of focus (as opposed to glasses that limit your vision to the size of the lens). Those who choose to wear contacts don’t have to deal with many of the annoyances that glasses can pose. They don’t fog up, slip around on your face, or need to be cleaned several times a day. You don’t have to worry about glare when taking photos or whether they match what you’re wearing. Contacts also give people a natural, unobstructed view of your face.
Contacts can be a great option for anyone looking for a more natural vision solution. Request more information about contact lenses today. Call (847) 824-3127 or contact Dr. James Katz online.
The Midwest Center for Sight
Address8901 West Golf Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016
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