Comprehensive Contact Lens Services
Your child may already be considering contacts to correct their vision. But there is no ‘right age’ for contacts, as it depends on the child. Physically, even young children can wear contacts. Many elementary and middle school children must understand and practice contact lens procedures, but a surprising number can handle the responsibility.
When studied, 90% of children in a group of eight- to 11-year-olds could use daily disposable contact lenses with little to no trouble. Many parents do not consider contact lenses for their children, but it is clear that children can learn proper hygiene for contact lenses.
Types of Contact Lenses
Soft contacts are the most common choice for contact lenses. Over 85% of all lenses are soft. Traditional soft contact lenses are made of soft plastic polymers and water. They are popular because patients often assimilate to them almost right away. These lenses come in different prescriptions and designs, depending on your budget and needs.
These lenses are a convenient, low-maintenance choice compared to traditional soft lenses. These lenses are available in most prescriptions. However, it is vital to replace these lenses to avoid eye infections. They can be discarded on a daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis.
Extended wear contact lenses are gas-permeable soft lenses designed for up to 30 days of continuous safe wear. They are a convenient choice because patients can sleep with them in, although that is not recommended. Sleeping with extended wear contacts increases your risk of infection, corneal ulcers, and abnormal blood vessel growth.
These soft lenses give you a unique look by changing your eye color. Tinted contact lenses are available in many colors and patterns. They can provide a subtle or dramatic change in the appearance of your eyes. However, they are not available for all prescriptions and are not suggested for everyday wear.
Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP), or Gas Permeable (GP), lenses are often mistaken for old-fashioned hard lenses. However, these lenses are more pliable and more comfortable than the outdated hard lenses. They are much more durable than soft lenses. RGP lenses also come in many bifocal and multifocal designs. Be warned that they are not as comfortable as soft lenses.
Toric contact lenses are an excellent choice for those with astigmatism. They are available in both soft and rigid, durable gas-permeable designs. These lenses are unique in that they are designed to have two powers, horizontal and vertical. The lenses are designed with a weight at the bottom that allows the axis of the powers to center correctly. Because Toric lenses are so complex, they are more challenging to fit.
Like bifocal glasses, these lenses allow an individual to enjoy clear vision at all distances. These lenses are available in both soft and gas-permeable designs. Because bifocals are more complicated than typical soft lenses, they require more time from the doctor for fitting.