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Contacts versus Glasses, or both?

Are contact lenses for you?
Contacts are a terrific alternative to glasses and offer many advantages over glasses. For one, contacts allow more natural vision, do not obscure your peripheral vision and do not change your natural look.

Here are some other benefits of contact lenses:
  • Contacts do not obstruct your view.
  • There is no glare or reflection to worry about when wearing contact lenses.
  • Contact lenses do not require a frame.
  • Contacts do not fog up and obscure your vision.
  • Contacts won't alter your natural appearance.

How do you know which brand of contact lenses to choose? What replacement schedule works best for you?
Generally, your eye doctor will discuss what is the best contact lens option for you depending on your vision needs as well as which lens will fit your life style.

Contrary to popular belief, contacts are useful for correcting many vision problems including astigmatism, a condition that results in distorted vision. With the advancement in technology, there is basically a contact lens option for almost everyone. Contact lenses can correct for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and even presbyopia. Multifocal contact lenses are available to people who need to wear bifocals to help them see at both distance and near.

Contact lenses can also be classified by wearing schedule.

Daily Wear: Daily wear contact lenses are worn during the day only. They must be removed, cleaned and stored every evening.

Daily Wear Contact lens options:
  • Daily replacements: individually packaged contact lenses. Worn for 1 day only and disposed of in the evening. You will open a brand new pair the following morning.
  • 2 Week replacements: replaced every 2 weeks or sooner. They must be removed, cleaned and stored every evening.
  • Monthly replacements: replaced every 30 days or sooner. They must also be removed, cleaned and stored every evening.
  • Conventional replacements: replaced every 3 months or sooner. They must be removed, cleaned and stored every evening.

Conventional contact lenses are not widely prescribed anymore. Frequent lens replacement is the most hygienic, healthy and comfortable way to wear contact lenses.

Contacts vs GlassesExtended wear: extended wear contact lenses are worn during the day as well as during sleeping hours. The FDA has approved some contact lenses for extended wear because the lens material allows more oxygen into the cornea. Most FDA approved extended wear contact lenses are approved to be worn for 7 consecutive days without removal. There are also extended wear contact lenses that are approved for 30 consecutive days without removal. Discuss with your eye doctor if any of these are suitable for you.

Rigid contact lenses are yet another contact lens option. Also known as RGP, rigid gas permeable lenses offer the most oxygen flow to the cornea than the traditional soft contact lenses. They can provide better vision and more clarity. The lenses themselves are more durable and do not collect protein deposits as easily as soft contact lenses do. However, most patients choose soft contact lenses over RGPs due to comfort. Soft lenses are considerably more comfortable than rigid contact lenses.

Current trends in Contacts:
Among the more popular trends among contact lens wearers include customizable contact lenses that change the color and shape of the wearer's eyes. The hottest trends in contact lenses are color contact lenses, which allow you to change your eye color.

These lenses are suitable for those needing a prescription to correct their vision, but also those interested in just having a little fun with non-prescription color contact lenses. Most provide a subtle and natural looking change to the eye, though you can buy color contact lenses that change your eye color dramatically, for example from brown to blue, green or even amethyst.

Contacts vs EyeGlassesWhen choosing contact lenses, discuss with your eye doctor what is the best option for you. Whether you are wearing contact lenses majority of the time, it is still important to understand that you will always need a pair of glasses with your current prescription as a back up. It is never a good idea to wear only contact lenses, as your cornea needs time to breathe without a lens obstructing oxygen flow. Most of the time, your eye doctor will recommend contact lenses during the day, advise you to remove them in the evening time a few hours before bed and ask you to wear your glasses for the rest of the evening.

Current trends in eye glasses:
Among the more popular fashion trends in the eye glasses industry include wearing featherweight lenses and purchasing lenses that protect against UVR or ultraviolet radiation. Among the more popular trends including purchasing eyeglasses that match your personality, style and fashion sense. Here are some tips for buying the best pair of glasses to match your lifestyle and personality:

  • Take your time to really shop around trying on multiple frames.
  • Speak with your eye care specialist to see what recommendations they have not only for the lens but the type of material the lens is made of as well as any recommendations such as uv protection etc.
  • Look for frame shapes that help lengthen your face or create a more symmetrical appearance.
  • Consider a frame shape that is opposite your natural face shape. This will help balance your features.
  • Make sure your eye rests in the middle of the lens to help balance out your eye shape and size.
  • Use a simple frame that matches or complements your skin tone or hair rather than one to match a specific outfit, unless you want to spend big bucks on multiple pairs of glasses.
  • Remember the weight of the frame is important, especially if you will be wearing the glasses most of the day

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