Finding the right form of corrective eye wear can be difficult. Anyone with refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, needs help to see clearly. Eyeglasses are the most commonly used form of correction, but there are many people who prefer contact lenses over glasses. At the office of Lisa M. McDevitt, O.D. in Reading, PA, we can prescribe you the right contact lenses.
Benefits of Contact Lenses
There are many reasons why people prefer contacts over glasses. For one, contacts provide you with a more natural look, because you won't have to wear eyeglasses. When you wear contacts, there is no risk of your vision being obstructed by an eyeglass frame or dirty lenses. Many athletes prefer contacts over glasses because they are more convenient than wearing sports goggles. Additionally, contact lenses can be more versatile. They come in different colors that allow you to change the color of your eyes.
There are several types contact lenses you can wear. Your prescription depends on the health of your eyes and your lifestyle. The most commonly prescribed contacts include:
- Daily lenses that are worn for just one day and thrown away.=
- Weekly lenses that are changed once a week
- Bi-weekly lenses that are changed every two weeks
- Monthly lenses that are changed once a month
- Bifocal lenses
If your eyes are hard to fit for contacts, our eye doctor can prescribe special lenses based on the condition you have. Astigmatism, presbyopia, keratoconus, conjunctivitis and dry eye syndrome are all conditions that make wearing contacts difficult. We offer contacts that will work with your condition and are comfortable to wear.
If you are interested in contacts, our optometrist can perform a contact lens exam. During this exam, she will determine your contact lens prescription. We will measure your cornea to determine your eye diameter. Because contacts sit right on your cornea and eyeglasses are about an inch away from your eyes, your eyeglass prescription and your contact lens prescription will be different.
During the exam, our doctor will ask you a few questions about your lifestyle so we can prescribe the type of contacts that are most convenient for you.
We will give you a trial pair of contacts to make sure that you can see clearly and they are comfortable. Before you wear the contacts at home, our team will teach you how to insert the contacts, how to remove them, and how to care for them. If the contacts are working well, you can order your lens supply during your follow-up visit.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
At the office of Lisa M. McDevitt, O.D. in Reading, PA, we offer affordable eye care. To schedule a contact lens exam, give us a call today.
Types of Eye Care Lenses
Soft Contact Lenses
Soft contact lenses allow the passage of oxygen to get to the cornea and are made of a plastic material. These lenses are adjustable and very comfortable.
Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses
Rigid gas permeable contact lenses give a clearer vision and are very durable. However, they might cause discomfort before a person gets used to wearing them.
Disposable Contact Lenses
Disposable contact lenses are used once and then discarded. That means you have to wear new lenses every day.
How to Choose the Most Suitable Contact Lenses
Your eye doctor will help you choose the most suitable contact lenses by considering factors like your vision problems and your contact lens toleration after conducting an eye exam. Contact lenses are available in different sizes, and if you choose some for yourself, you might end up getting the wrong size. An eye doctor will help you choose the right size. It's also good to get an eye exam frequently to ensure your eye care lenses are working effectively.