Contact Lens

Things You Need to Know Before You Get Contacts

Styles come and go with vision aids just like everything else. There was a time that glasses weren’t cool but not so today. But our optometrist in Georgetown at San Gabriel Eye Center knows sometimes contacts can be more practical or even safe for certain types of work or sports.

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If you are considering getting contacts, here are some things you need to know about the different types of contacts your optometrist might suggest. 

Soft Contact Lenses

Prescribed to correct vision problems like:

  • Age-related loss of close-up vision (presbyopia)
  • Farsightedness (hyperopia)
  • Nearsightedness (myopia)
  • Blurred vision (astigmatism)

Soft contact lenses are easier to adapt to, more comfortable than rigid gas permeable lenses, and come in several types.

  • Overnight (extended) wear lenses – soft contact lenses can often be worn up to 30 days continuously, including while asleep. However, this type of lens sometimes causes complications such as corneal problems, buildup of debris under the lens, and serious eye infection.
  • Daily wear lenses – these one-day lenses are removed and disposed of at night before replacing a new pair the next morning.

Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses

Should you have a problem with dry eye, these are often the best option. They are more durable than soft contact lenses. Rigid contact lenses usually take a few days to weeks to adjust to.

Specialized contact lenses

Certain vision needs require specialized contact lenses, such as:

  • Hybrid contact lenses – a hybrid contact lens has a rigid gas-permeable center with a soft outer ring. These are most often used for irregular corneal curvature (keratoconus).
  • Multifocal contact lenses – a replacement for progressive glass lenses, multifocal are used to correct farsightedness, nearsightedness, and presbyopia at the same time.
  • Scleral contact lenses – rigid gas-permeable lenses that extend to the white outer layer of the eyeball and are used when a person has the irregular or distorted cornea.
  • Orthokeratology - rigid gas-permeable lenses that worn while asleep AC the curve of the cornea to create clear vision when awake

As a word of warning, avoid using over-the-counter contact lenses. They can cause eye infection and injury. If you desire decorative contact lenses, consult your optometrist.

It is always recommended that any who wears contacts also has a pair of glasses. This is for emergencies and because your eyes need a break from contact so get the proper amount of oxygen.

If you are considering contacts, want to know more about the eye care services and optometry exams we offer, or schedule an appointment, call us at San Gabriel Eye Center.

1401 Williams Drive Georgetown, TX 78628 Phone: (512) 863-2078 Fax: (512) 869-2077