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Contacts can allow you to see with ease and without the worry of keeping your glasses on all day. There are numerous types of contact lenses to fit with your lifestyle and to help you feel comfortable while wearing them. Your optometrists at Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL, are here to answer some frequently asked questions that you may have.
FAQs About Contact Lenses
What Kinds of Contact Lenses Are Available?
Contact lenses from Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL come in all different forms, but the two most common are disposable and extended wear contacts. Disposable contact lenses are to be only worn for 1 day and then be disposed of; never should they be re-worn! Extended wear contact lenses can be used either for two weeks or for a month, depending on the lenses that your eye doctor recommends for you.
Are Contact Lenses Hard to Care for?
Contacts are fairly easy to care for and should not take out too much time from your day. Before you put your contacts in or take your contacts out, you should be sure to wash your hands to avoid getting any debris, lotions, and/or bacteria in your eye. If you’re using extended wear contacts, you need to rinse and then gently massage your contacts in the palm of your hand for 20 seconds, making sure to really clean your lenses. You will then soak your contacts in a closed case using a multipurpose disinfecting and storage solution overnight to keep them hydrated and cleaned. In the morning, dump out the old solution and then repeat!
Can People with Bifocals Use Contacts?
You may think this isn’t possible, but they can! There are bifocal contact lenses that can help you see no matter what your prescription is! You also can be fit for monovision contacts as well (where one eye is corrected for distance and the other is corrected for near) and the brain figures the rest out!
What Are the Benefits of Contact Lenses?
Contacts can help you feel comfortable when traveling or going on vacation and you can feel free to do physical activities without the fear of your glasses falling off your face! You’ll be able to see just as well, and you won’t have to worry about having to adjust your glasses constantly.
Contact Your Optometrist Today!
To learn more about contact lenses and how you can benefit from them, be sure to contact your optometrist at Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL, today at (630) 984-6850
Prescription contact lenses are easy to use, very convenient, and a breath of fresh air when you need to take some time off from wearing glasses 24/7. However, there are various things to consider when selecting which specific kind of lenses is best for you.
This means that only a thorough assessment with your eye doctor here at Skowron Eyecare in Elmhurst IL is needed to ensure that you get the contact lenses that will work for you. Until then, here are common lenses and how they help people with various vision problems.
Soft Contact Disposable Lenses
These are the most commonly recommended contacts that are used for treating vision issues such as farsightedness, nearsightedness, loss of age-related close-up eyesight, and blurred vision. Soft contacts are likewise easy to get used to and comfortable.
Rigid Gas-Permeable Contact Lenses
These offer a crisp and clear vision. They’re usually recommended for individuals that have been unsatisfied with the vision they achieved with soft lenses. They work extremely well in correcting astigmatism. While soft lenses are more comfortable initially, these are more durable and can last up to 3-4 years. Rigid Gas Permeable allows oxygen to pass directly through the lenses to your cornea.
It’s also important to point out that before buying just any kind of lenses, you should visit your Eye Doctor Elmhurst IL office for a thorough eye test and contact fitting. You will have to go to a follow-up visit after a week, a month, six months, and every year or two after that.
Based on your vision requirements and issues, you may also opt to get specialized lenses like the following:
- Multifocal Contacts: These can treat presbyopia, farsightedness, and nearsightedness simultaneously.
- Hybrid Lenses: These are used for correcting loss of age-related close-up eyesight, astigmatism, farsightedness, nearsightedness, and irregular corneal curvature.
- Scleral Contacts: These help fix eyesight in people with a distorted or irregular cornea.
- Tinted Lenses: Tints are applied for improving the perception of color and compensating for colorblindness.
CRT: Corneal Refractive Therapy
This is a process where you wear specially designed contact lenses that actually change the shape of your eye so no lenses or glasses are needed when the lenses are removed. These can often be worn while sleeping so no correction is used in the day. Great for kids and sports. More importantly, this therapy slows and sometimes even stops the progression of nearsightedness by 50%. A great way to prevent someone from ending up with thick unsightly glasses.
To Find Out If You Can Benefit from Contact Lenses, Speak to Us
Has it been a while since you visited the optometrist? Making time for a vision exam at the Elmhurst, IL, office of your eye doctors at Skowron Eye Care not only helps you protect your eyesight but also offers a few other benefits.
Why eye exams are so important
Vision changes are often slow and subtle. In fact, you may not even realize that your vision has gotten worse until you visit your Elmhurst eye doctor. Regular eye exams are important no matter what your age, but are particularly crucial for children. After all, without good vision, it's hard to succeed in school or sports.
Other benefits of regular checkups include:
- Prompt Detection and Treatment of Eye Diseases: In the early stages, glaucoma, macular degeneration, or other conditions and diseases may not cause any noticeable changes in your vision. When symptoms do occur, permanent damage may already have happened. If any eye diseases or conditions are spotted during your annual visit, you'll be able to receive the treatment you need to prevent vision loss.
- Identification of General Health Issues: Did you know that some diseases cause changes in your eyes. If you have diabetes, you're more likely to develop diabetic retinopathy, a condition that occurs when the blood vessels in your retina begin to leak. Leaking can lead to impaired vision that can become permanent if you don't receive treatment to seal the vessels. Other health issues that can cause obvious changes in the eyes include high blood pressure, Lyme disease, shingles, autoimmune diseases, rosacea, and liver disease.
- Strategies to Relieve Computer Vision Syndrome: Computer vision syndrome, also known as digital eyestrain, occurs when you spend too much time using computers, smartphones, tablets, and other digital devices. Symptoms include blurry vision, dry eyes, eyestrain, headaches, and neck and shoulder pain. Your optometrist can prescribe computer glasses that reduce glare and filter out blue light and offer safe viewing tips.
- Information on Eye Care Topics: Visits are the perfect time to discuss issues that affect your eyes, such as dry eye or irritation from contact lenses. If you've been having a little difficulty seeing up close as you've gotten older, your eye doctor can offer reading glasses and discuss the benefits of bifocals, trifocals, or progressive lenses if you already wear glasses or contacts.
Do you need to schedule an eye exam? Call your Elmhurst, IL, eye doctors at Skowron Eye Care at (630) 834-6244 to make an appointment.
How regular visits to your eye doctors in Elmhurst, IL, can help protect your sight
While eyesight is one of your most important assets, it is also, unfortunately, one of the most commonly ignored parts of healthcare. Do you want to protect and prolong your vision? Well, regular visits to the eye doctors here at Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL, can help accomplish just that!
The benefits of eye-care appointments
When you regularly visit your eye doctor, you can more easily discover the onset of serious eye diseases, thus creating the opportunity for better outcomes from eye diseases and conditions, such as:
- Eye allergies
- Pink eye
- Lazy eye
- Macular degeneration
- Removal of a foreign body
- Ulcers of the cornea
During your eye care visit, the eye doctors at Skowron Eye Care will use a full complement of state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and techniques to evaluate and measure:
- Depth perception
- Peripheral vision
- Problems seeing color
- Eye muscle balance
- Focus and tracking ability
- Eye pressure to diagnose glaucoma
- Hypertension symptoms in your eyes
- Bio-microscopic evaluation of the structures in your eyes
Furthermore, here at Skowron Eye Care, your eye doctors will use computer-assisted methods to determine the accurate vision prescription for you. Whether you want eyeglasses, contact lenses, or other vision correction methods, the eye doctors at Skowron Eye Care can help you see better.
To find out more about eye care services, please view the Services section on the Skowron Eye Care webpage at http://www.skowroneyecare.com/services.html.
Concerned about the health of your eyes? Give us a call!
Regular eye care visits are important—it’s also important to trust your vision to the experts. During the last 5 years, Skowron Eye Care was rated over 90% in overall patient satisfaction. You and your vision deserve to enjoy that kind of success! To learn more about protecting your eyes, call our office in Elmhurst, IL, today at (630) 834-6244.