Choose the Right Contacts
If you’ve decided to wear contact lenses, you’ll now be faced with a wide range of options. Daily or extended? Soft or hard? Toric or hybrid? While your optometrist will explain the differences to you in clear terms at the office, read on to learn a little bit more about how to choose the right ones for your eyes.
Everyone’s eyes are different, so what works for one patient doesn’t necessarily mean it will work for another. You’ll need to figure out what your needs are, and why you’re using contacts. For those who put a premium on comfort and ease of use, soft contacts are generally preferred over hard contacts. For durability, you might consider hard ones instead, as these tend to be sturdier. However, hard lenses can scratch and break and be a little bit more difficult to put on and get used to than soft lenses.
Another choice you’ll need to make is this: how often will you wear them? If you don’t intend to wear contacts every day, disposables might make more sense. If you want something that lasts longer, then daily contacts that can be cleaned nightly are ideal. If you’re the type of person doesn’t have time to clean your contacts nightly, then there are extended wear contacts, which require a clean only once a week, and you’ll be able to wear them while sleeping.
Then there are the special contacts. With bifocal contact lenses, you’ll be able to use contacts to correct issues with focusing on close objects. Toric contact lenses are used to correct astigmatism, a condition where the lens or cornea is irregularly shaped, so light has difficulty reaching the optic nerve.
If you’re considering taking the leap towards contact lenses, Dr. Nicholas Rutkowski is happy to help you go over your options. You’ll benefit from his experience and understand in clear language the best choice for your eyes.