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Not sure if eyeglasses or contact lenses are right for you? The optometrists at Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL can help you consider all the pros and cons.
Do you need to wear eyeglasses?
Whether you're nearsighted, farsighted, have astigmatism or blur at near, eyeglasses offer an effective way to improve your vision for a clearer and more comfortable visual experience.
Advantages of wearing glasses include:
- Easy Care: Simply wash the lenses in water or with our glasses spray and dry them with a soft, clean microfiber cloth.
- Many Choices: With so many frame choices available, it's easy to change your look by putting on a new pair of glasses.
- Multiple Vision Correction: Bifocals, trifocals, and progressive lenses make it easy to see both near, far, and mid-distance objects.
Of course, wearing glasses does have a few disadvantages, such as:
- Smears and Smudges: Eyeglass lenses pick up dust and can be smudged easily.
- Appearance: Some people don't like the way they look in eyeglasses.
- Fogging: It can be difficult to see when your eyeglasses fog up on cold days, especially now while wearing masks.
So, are contact lenses a better choice?
The benefits of wearing contact lenses include:
- Clearer Vision: Because contact lenses are placed directly against your eye, they may offer clearer vision than eyeglasses. You may notice that your peripheral vision is also better when you wear your contact lenses.
- No Worries About Damage: Glasses can fall off your face and break when you're active but not contact lenses.
- A Variety of Choices: Contact lenses provided by your optometrist in Elmhurst, IL, correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia, and astigmatism. Choose soft contacts that are either 1-day single-use or 30-day extended wear. Rigid gas permeable contact lenses are a little harder than soft contact lenses but may offer a clearer vision for certain cornea conditions.
Drawbacks of wearing contact lenses include:
- Risk of Infection: Painful eye infections can occur if you don't follow your eye doctor's cleaning and handling instructions. Fortunately, infections are easy to avoid by washing your hands, using fresh solutions, and replacing contact lens cases at least every three months.
- Dry Eyes: Contact lenses may irritate your eyes and make them feel dry. If dry eyes are a problem for you, your doctor can recommend lens types that improve oxygen flow to your eye and increase moisture.
Do you need new eyeglasses or contact lenses? Call your eye doctors at Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL at (630) 984-6850 to make an appointment.
Is it time you made the switch from glasses to contacts?
Around 45 million Americans wear contacts, according to the CDC. Perhaps you’re still wearing glasses but you’re considering whether to trade in your specs for contact lenses. While contacts lenses are beneficial for several reasons, our Elmhurst, IL, optometrists need to examine your eyes to determine if you could be a good candidate. So, what makes someone a good candidate for contacts? Here are some factors to consider,
Your Eye Problem
Before getting contact lenses, our Elmhurst, IL, optometrists will need to examine your eyes to determine exact visual acuity and refraction errors. This exam will also check for any eye diseases. From there we will determine if you are nearsighted (trouble seeing objects at a distance) or farsighted (trouble seeing objects up close), or if you have astigmatism. From there we can determine the right type of contact lenses to correct these issues. We also offer multifocal contact lenses that can help patients in Elmhurst, IL, see both up close and far away.
Your Activities and Lifestyle
Your lifestyle can also determine whether contact lenses are right for you. Many people who wear glasses think of making a switch because they want the freedom of doing what they want without having to worry about their glasses. For example, you may be an athlete or simply an active individual and your glasses may get in the way of your HIIT workout or downward dog. If so, contact lenses can give you a little more freedom and a lot less hindrance.
Upkeep and Care
People need to understand how to properly care for their contact lenses so they can decide if this is something they want to do. After all, you will need to clean your contacts every day to prevent bacteria from building up. You will also want to replace your contact lenses with new ones at the recommended schedule. For example, you may have daily, weekly or monthly contacts, which means that they need to be replaced daily, weekly or monthly. To reduce your risk for injury or infection, you’ll want to replace contacts at the recommended time.
If you are interested in getting contact lenses here in Elmhurst, IL, turn to the team that was named the “Best Eye Doctor” in 2020 by Suburban Life. Call Skowron Eyecare at (630) 984-6850 to schedule a consultation.
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