Ready for Contacts?
So, you need vision correction. But wearing eyeglasses full time isn't for you. Neither is LASIK surgery. Contacts lenses may just be the answer. Contacts are more popular than ever among American adults. Many children begin wearing them at age 12 or younger.
Teens & Contact Lenses
Contact lenses have many potential benefits for teenagers. Daily disposable contact lenses are a popular choice, as they’re convenient and are thrown away daily, without the extra step of cleaning and disinfecting.
Contact lenses, even if worn for cosmetic reasons, are medical devices that must be prescribed by a doctor. Serious eye health problems may occur as a result of sharing contact lenses.
Seeing Contacts in Your Future? Here Are Just a Few Things to Consider
Contact lenses give you the freedom to see clearly without having to rely on eyeglasses. For many people, contact lenses offer more convenience, greater flexibility, and better vision. Here are some things to consider about living with contact lenses.
Airplanes expose the eyes to dry air, which can lead to discomfort with contact lenses. Rewetting drops designed for use with contact lenses, or using contacts that provide moisture may help relieve dryness during flight.
Swimming and exposure to water can put you at risk of ocular infection.
Pregnancy can cause visual changes or changes in contact lens tolerance. Talk to your eye care professional if you wear contact lenses while pregnant.
Wearing someone else’s contact lenses can cause infection and potentially damage to your eyes. Never wear someone else’s contact lenses.
Computer use can cause lens dryness, particularly for contact lens wearers. Rewetting drops designed for use with contact lenses can help improve comfort, as can contact lenses that provide their own moisture.
Sleeping in contact lenses is not generally advised, although there are lenses designed specifically for this purpose.
Wearing makeup and contacts safely can be accomplished. Here are three helpful tips. Avoid lash-extending makeup, waterproof mascara, and avoid applying eyeliner along the watermark of your eyelid. Ask your eye doctor for other safety recommendations.
Which Contacts Are Right for You?
There are several types of contact lenses depending on what you need. Some of your choices include:
- Soft vs Gas Permeable (GP) lenses
- Daily disposable or frequent-replacement lenses vs extended-wear lenses
- Spherical lenses vs Toric lenses vs Multifocal or Bifocal lenses
Take a look at the types of contact lenses section to learn more about each variety, and talk to your eye care professional about which may be right for you.