What are contact lenses?
A contact lens is a thin, curved optic systems covering the surface of your eye which corrects your vision and is a substitution for eye glasses. Besides its medically oriented purposes, choosing to use it to get different eye colors at the change of heart is also highly in demand nowadays. In today’ s World with advanced technology wearing contact lenses ,serves the best for your convenience and comfort.
What are other uses for contact lenses?
In most cases , contacts are preferred for vision correction in the case of myopia,hypermetropia and astigmatism. Other than what they are most known for, contact lenses gain more medical attention day by day. To treat corneal irregularities e.g. keratoconus or any optical damages with contacts has become a go to method. There are also colored contact lenses that change the color of your eyes or can enhance the natural color of your eyes.
Types of contact lenses:
Basically there are three types of contact lenses depending on their intended purpose:
- Soft lenses: the most popular choice if there are no other conditions concerning the patient. Besides being soft, they are highly breathable and cause no discomfort at all for long hours of wear. Purpose is to correct the vision of patients with myopia,astigmatism,hypermetropia.
- Gas permeable rigid lenses: allow oxygen to pass through but they are rigid contact lenses which makes them the best solution dealing with corneal irregularities such as keratoconus and astigmatism. İt usually take some time for your eyes to adjust wearing them since they are not soft,however, after the initial adaptation period they are just as comfortable.
- Hybrid lens :Combination of soft lens surrounding central rigid lens
Contact lens features
Since it is replaced on the front surface of the eye, it must fit your eye. Front and back of the contact lens is evaluated for the physiology of the eye; the former is the one correcting the vision and the latter is worn on the surface of cornea by refracting and focusing light. It is crucial to find the right parameters of your lens for they come in many combinations of curvature and diameter. The size of your contacts, so to speak,should be selected accordingly.
How to care for your contact lens?
Contact lens can only be prescribed by your eye doctor. While choosing the best choice for the patient, the physiology of the eye,patient’s needs all should be taken into account and be in accord with your eye specialist’ evaluation. The patient follow all the necessary steps his/her eye doctor has said. It is for your best interest to remember when to discard your contact lens (be it daily disposible or disposable) for not to replace them frequently may cause contamination,hence the risk of eye infection. Your contact lens is not to be shared with anyone at anytime. Using your fingernails while putting in and taking out can cause damage on them and also is another step toward possible eye infection. Not to mention tap water is a big no to cleanse your contacts as many unknown microorganisms might be transfered into your eye.You should use the prescribed solution to clean or store the contact lens as instructed to you Never delay to consult your eye doctor in the case of experiencing anything other than mentioned to you during the exam.