Are you one of those people who tried contacts several years ago and had no luck? Maybe they were dry and uncomfortable, or your allergies made them impossible to wear? Perhaps you couldn’t see as clear as with your glasses or, you never needed glasses but now, you can’t see up close? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s time for you to try contacts again! Contact lens technology has come a long way in the last 5-10 years with significant improvements in technology and you should not let your age, prescription, or any previous experiences keep you from trying them again.
The most common reason for discontinuing contact lens is comfort, especially at the end of the day. This is followed by poor vision at distance or near, or the inability to see at both distance and near for the baby bombers. With current contact lens technology, the end of day comfort can almost be completely resolved as can the difficulty with achieving acceptable vision at all distance.
Early generation soft lenses were thick and frequently became dry by the end of the day. Today’s soft lenses are much thinner, lighter and more comfortable than the contacts of 10 years, 5 years and even 1-2 years ago. When contact lenses are worn over the course of days or weeks, they absorb debris from our tear film, mostly natural oils, mucus and proteins. This accumulation of debris can cause irritation by increasing the rate of drying of the contact lens. Today there are many different materials such as silicone hydrogels, water gradient lenses, and other innovations that are designed to improve comfort and reduce drying.
In the event that weekly or monthly contacts with new materials don’t relieve your discomfort there is a simple solution, daily disposable soft contacts. Daily disposables are worn for just one day and then thrown away. By using new lenses every day, you avoid the problem of debris build-up that is often the cause of discomfort and blurred vision. In fact, daily disposable lenses may help relieve dry eyes for some. Many people have an incomplete blink; they fail to shut their lids completely when blinking and the constant exposure to air robs the eyes of moisture. When fit correctly and with the appropriate material, contacts can help seal in moisture thus keeping the eyes from drying out. With the new water gradient lens design, the surface of both sides of the contact lens is a thin film of water that is designed to keep the eye wet. The comfort is truly remarkable allowing doctors to use this lens for the potential treatment of dry eye as well as vision correction.
What about needing glasses to see up close while wearing contacts?
Once you’re over forty, most adults have three options with contact lenses to obtain clear vision. The first option is to wear contact lenses for distance vision and then use “reading glasses” over the contact lenses to achieve acceptable near point vision. Second, multifocal contact lenses are designed to allow you to see both in the distance and at near point. Multifocal or bifocal contact lenses are also now available with astigmatism correction. Finally, monovision is a fitting strategy in which the contact lens in one eye is selected for optimal close-up vision, while the lens in the other eye is selected for optimal distance vision. Our doctors will discuss your options and recommend what will most likely fulfil your needs. If need be, you can try all three!
If you have questions about contact lens or would like more information on being fit, please contact us in Stillwater at 405-372-1715. We also invite you to visit our website at www.cockrelleyecare.com and like us on Facebook at Cockrell Eyecare Center!