Contact Lenses Risks And Recommendations

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Contact Lens or Contacts are thin lens placed directly on the surface of eye. This medical device is worn to correct vision or for cosmetic & therapeutic reasons. Almost two-thirds of people across the world wearing contact lenses are said to be women. With a fast-growing number of users, global market for contact lens is expected to reach $11.7 billion this year. Aesthetics & cosmetics is quite often a compelling factor for people to deter wearing glasses. Moreover, compared to glasses, contact lenses provide better peripheral vision for functional & optical reasons. They also do not collect any moisture associated with sweat, rain or snow like when wearing glasses. They are therefore most ideal for sports & outdoor activities as well.

Types of Contact Lenses

There are many types of contact lenses available in the market with their own set of risks & recommendations. Some of these include –

Rigid Gas Permeable or RGP – This is made of slightly flexible plastic which allow oxygen to pass through to the eye.

Recommendations

  • Excellent vision
  • Short adaptation period
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Correct most vision problems
  • Easy to put-on & to care
  • Durable with relative long life
  • Available in tints (for handling purpose)
  • Also available in bifocals

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Risks

  • Require consistent wear to maintain adaptation
  • Can easily slip-off center of eye
  • Debris can easily accumulate under lenses
  • Needs ophthalmologist visits for follow-up care

Daily Wear Soft Lenses – These are specially made of soft & flexible plastic so as to allow oxygen pass through to the eye.

Recommendations

  • Very short adaptation period
  • More comfortable to lodge than RGP lenses
  • More difficult to dislodge than RGP lenses
  • Available in tints & bifocals
  • Excellent for active lifestyles

Risks

  • Does not correct all vision problems
  • Vision may not be as sharp compared to RGP lenses
  • Require regular ophthalmologist visits for follow-up care
  • Lenses soil easily & therefore need to be replaced

Extended Wear – These contact lenses are available for overnight wear in RGP or soft plastic.

Recommendations

  • Can normally be worn for up to seven days without a break

Risks

  • Do not correct all vision problems
  • Require ophthalmologist visits for follow-up care
  • Increased risk of complications
  • Requires regular monitoring & professional care

Extended Wear Disposable – Extended wear disposable lenses are generally soft & worn for extended periods of time ranging from one to six days & then discarded.

Recommendations

  • Require little or no cleaning
  • Minimum risk of eye infection (follow instructions)
  • Available in tints & bifocals
  • Spare lenses are available

Risks

  • Vision may not be as sharp as with RGP lenses
  • Does not correct all types of vision problems
  • Handling may be comparatively difficult

Planned Replacement –These are made of soft daily wear lenses which are replaced according to a planned schedule. Most plans are either two weeks, monthly, or quarterly intervals.

Recommendations

  • Require simple cleaning & disinfection
  • Good for eye health
  • Available for most prescriptions

Risks

  • Vision may not be as sharp as with RGP lenses
  • Does not correct all types of vision problems
  • Handling may be comparatively difficult

Sound Reasons to Consider Contact Lenses

As contact lenses move with the eye, they allow a substantially natural field of view. Since they do not have any frames, they greatly reduce distortions & never obstruct vision. They do not fog-up like glasses, nor get splattered by mud or rain as they are well protected by eyelids. As an integral part of the eye they never get in the way of any activity. Compared to eyeglasses, contact lenses offer better sight, without disturbing your facial profile. Although they require longer initial examination & several follow-up visits, quite a few conditions like keratoconus&aniseikonia can typically be better corrected by contact lenses than by eyeglasses.

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