Contact lenses are a great alternative for glasses, and thanks to advances in technology, most people can find a pair that’s right for them. At Egan Eye Associates in Frisco, Texas, therapeutic optometrist Katherine Egan, OD, performs eye exams and recommends contact lenses that fit your eye care needs. To schedule an appointment, call our office.
Contact lenses offer clearer, more natural vision than glasses if you have a refractive error such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism.
When you wear contacts, they move with your eyes, so you have a wide field of vision. When you wear glasses, you may be able to see everything in front of you clearly, but glasses can’t correct your side vision, because it’s outside your lenses, and your frames can block your view.
You may find contacts a more convenient alternative to glasses, especially if you play sports or enjoy outdoor activities. Unlike glasses, you don’t have to worry about your contacts breaking, falling off your face, or getting in the way. You also don’t have to worry about keeping your contacts dry just to be able to see when it’s rainy or foggy outside.
It’s also perfectly fine to wear contacts simply because you prefer how you look without glasses. For plenty of people, that’s their main reason.
Many people can safely, comfortably wear contacts to correct their vision problems. You may be concerned that your vision or eye health issues are too complex for contacts.
Thankfully, contact lenses have evolved over the years, and there are now specialty contacts for people who were previously told they couldn’t wear contacts. You can likely wear contact lenses even if you have severe astigmatism, presbyopia, “hard to fit” eyes, or have chronic dry eyes.
Dr. Egan performs a comprehensive eye exam before writing a prescription for contact lenses. If contact lenses are right for you, she goes over your options and provides recommendations for contacts that suit your eye care and vision needs.
Types of contact lenses Dr. Egan recommends include:
Most contact lenses are made of soft, flexible plastic. You may discard and replace them daily, weekly, or monthly.
RGP lenses are made of a durable, firm plastic. You may find them more comfortable and easier to wear than soft lenses if you have astigmatism or eye allergies.
Specialty lenses can help if you have multiple refractive errors. There are bifocal, multifocal, and hybrid lenses. There are also specialty lenses designed for people with dry eyes, corneal scarring, and conditions that affect the shape of your eye.
To schedule an eye exam at Egan Eye Associates and learn more about contact lenses, call or use the online booking tool.