Contact lenses are thin plastic or silicone lenses that may be placed directly on the surface of the eye to correct vision, enhance cosmetic appeal, or as an adjunct to a therapeutic regimen. At the Manhattan Ophthalmology Associates in Manhattan, New York, Dr. Spencer Sherman will give you expert advise on what contact lenses would suit you best, how to use it, and give you professional tips on proper care when using them. There are more options now than ever before for contact lenses and Dr. Sherman is the contact lens expert who will decide which ones are the most suitable for your condition, your lifestyle, and even your budget, to make certain that you have the best contact lenses for yourselves.
There are different types of contact lenses that are being used in the market today, all of them specifically designed to address a patient’s individual needs. Soft contact lenses, the most common type, are mostly known for their unique ability to conform to the shape of the patient’s cornea, making them comfortable and convenient to use. These types of contacts can be used to help correct vision in patients with nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or age-related presbyopia. Soft contact lenses are further classified into Daily Wear lenses that are the most common type and may be used all day and night. It is removed at night for disinfecting. Extended Wear lenses that are suitable even for extended use, do not require to be removed regularly and only call for disinfecting at least once a week; and the daily disposable soft contact lenses that can be used during the day and evening and be discarded at any time during the day. Hard contact lenses, on the other hand, are more rigid and more oxygen permeable than soft contacts, and therefore considered to be superior because they significantly reduce the risk of eye infections and, with proper care, they can be used for up to three years. Other types of contact lenses include Hybrid lenses that are a clever combination of both soft and hard types, Bifocal or Multifocal lenses for special acuity issues, and Tinted contact lenses for cosmetic reason.
The eyes are one of the most sensitive parts of human body and extra precautions have to be taken in order to keep them healthy. Using contact lenses directly on the surfaces of the eyes may lead to irritation and infection, unless appropriate care is taken to prevent it. Coupled with good hygiene, it always important to remember to remove your contact lenses before bed, prevent them getting wet with water and never saliva, never forget your contact lens solutions for cleaning, and observe the expiration dates so that they could be replaced whenever necessary. Making good use of these tips should keep you covered, but in case anything goes wrong, it is always best to consult Dr. Sherman.