Are you tired of wearing glasses that slip down your nose? Wouldn’t you like to take them off during certain activities? If these sound like familiar frustrations to you, you might want to visit our optometrist in Sault Ste Marie, MI to see if making the switch to contact lenses is right for you.
Benefits of Contact Lenses
There are various reasons why you may want to wear contact lenses over traditional eyewear. Some benefits are:
Hassle-free vision correction
A glasses-free look
The convenience of not worrying about misplacing your eyewear
Ability to wear non-prescription goggles and sunwear
If you have astigmatism or a high prescription, contact lenses might offer you more improved vision correction than standard glasses. These days, you can wear multifocal contact lenses instead of bifocal glasses.
With the evolution of contact lens technology, our optometrists here at Great Lakes Optometry may provide you with the opportunity of trying various brands during your yearly eye exam.
Types of Contact Lenses
There are various types of contacts lenses, including the following:
Soft Contact Lenses
Soft contact lenses are available in daily, bi-weekly and monthly forms, and offer vision correction for most prescriptions. They are comfortable to wear, thanks to newer materials, like silicone hydrogels, that allow oxygen to your eye. Our Optometrist recommends soft contact lenses for athletes since they fit closer to your eye and are hard to dislodge.
Made of moderately flexible plastics, gas-permeable contact lenses are more durable and easier to handle and clean than soft contact lenses. They may require a longer adaptation period.
These come in both RGP (rigid gas permeable) and soft designs and provide you with both near and distance vision correction similar to a pair of bifocal glasses.
Toric Contact Lenses
These are made for correcting astigmatism. They’re custom-fit to your eye. Instead of having the spherical surface like traditional contact lenses, these have more of an oblong shape which makes them simple to accommodate the astigmatic eye shape. Toric lenses can be designed with either RGP or soft lens material, but the more common types are the soft toric lenses.
They’re also made in a manner that the lenses remain on your eye in place to help maintain great vision.
Specialty Lenses for the “Hard-to-Fit” Patient
It’s not uncommon for individuals to have trouble wearing contact lenses for various reasons. Some people are referred to as “hard to fit” contact lens wearers because of things like:
Individual eye shape
Aftermath of surgery
If you fall under this category, but you still want to wear contact lenses, there are “specialty lens” options available to you that can still be effective and comfortable to wear. However, this will require our optometrist to specially fit the contact lenses with your eyes. They’ll need to know your condition so they can get the right fit for your certain condition. You might be referred to as a “hard-to-fit” contact lens candidate if you’re struggling with any of the following issues:
Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)
Pellucid Marginal Degeneration
Post-LASIK or another type of refractive surgery
Exam and Contact Lenses Fitting
Not all people are ideal candidates for contact lenses, but nine out of ten people who want to wear contacts can. At Great Lakes Optometry, before our optometrist fits you for your lenses, you’ll undergo a comprehensive eye exam to make sure your eyes are healthy enough for wearing contact lenses. This is because certain conditions can prevent you from wearing contacts. Once our optometrist completes your eye exam, they’ll be able to determine which contact lenses are ideal for your eyes.
Pediatric Contact Lenses
Children can wear contact lenses successfully too. Contact lenses can offer enhanced vision and other various benefits for many different ages, including kids ages one through three. Kids might experience the benefits of wearing contact lenses beyond being able to see better. Wearing contact lenses might help improve their perceptions of their own appearance compared with if they were wearing eyeglasses. It may also help increase their ability to engage in athletic activities and increase their social interaction confidence.
Visit Great Lakes Optometry for a Contact Lenses Evaluation and Fitting
Advancements in technology in the manufacture, design, and function of contact lenses have made them a popular vision correction choice at Great Lakes Optometry for both adults and younger patients.
If you’re interested in getting contact lenses in Sault Ste Marie, MI, contact us by calling (906) 635-9600.
Your Optometrist in Sault Ste. Marie
128 W Spruce St W Ste 1
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783