Happy 2016! For those who I have not met yet, I’m Dr. Kari Jones, an optometrist and the newest member to the team at Silverdale Eye Physicians. I’ll be providing comprehensive eye exams as well as managing most of the contact lens fits in the office. With my role as the practice’s contact lens specialist, I’d like to take this opportunity to discuss some contact lens basics.
In general, there are three main wear schedules for contact lens. Daily disposable contact lenses are designed as single-use contacts, and are a great option for part-time wearers. With daily lenses, you do not have to worry about cleaning or storing the lenses, so they make a great option for kids as well. There are also contacts that are designed to be kept for two to four weeks, where the lenses are worn as desired during the day and stored in a case overnight. In general, I do not recommend sleeping in contact lenses as it greatly increases the risk for infections and complications (and really, what else do you wear on your body for days at a time?).
With so many kids being active in sports and extracurricular activities, contact lenses are a great way to get clear vision without the limitations of glasses. One of the most frequent questions that parents ask regarding contact lens use is when their child is old enough to wear them. The best way to answer that is, whenever they are ready for them. By this I mean they are ready when they want contact lenses as an alternative to glasses wear and are mature enough to understand that wearing contacts is a responsibility.
It’s not uncommon for people to think that there are not contact lenses made for their prescription, but thankfully, that is not often the case. Contact lenses are made for those who are nearsighted, farsighted, as well as for people with astigmatism. It is typically only with extreme prescriptions or those who have underlying corneal disease that we have to look at more advanced, custom contact lenses.
Contact lenses are a great alternative to glasses and there are many different options that we can work with to fit your lifestyle. If you are interested in being evaluated for contact lenses, please give our office a call!