All about Contact Lenses

Contact lenses have made effective vision correction comfortable, cosmetically pleasing and convenient. The rapidly evolving technology has enabled people to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, blurred vision and other correctable conditions related to an eye lens. You may want to know a little more about contacts before you talk to your doctor about a prescription.

A contact lens is a thin refractive optical lens (typically made out of soft, breathable, flexible and water absorbing silicon hydro-gels) that is placed on the surface of the eye. The contact lens then floats on the tear film layer of the cornea. This allows the lens to move naturally with your eye and line of vision. The eye’s refractive error can typically and easily be corrected with the use of contact lenses. Contacts can also be used for cosmetic or therapeutic purposes. Different types of lenses are available today, giving you multiple options to choose from. You can opt for soft lenses, hard lenses, disposable lenses, colored lenses and more.

Contact lenses have gained popularity over eyeglasses for a few reason that you may not have heard of. Many people find that contacts provide a better peripheral vision and do not fog up or collect moisture during rain, snow or condensation. People with contacts can also wear sunglasses, goggles and other fashionable eyewear without having to fit them with the prescribed lens. Contact lenses offer relief from the weight of eyeglasses, making them perfect for daily wear, for sports enthusiasts and those who love the outdoors.

When using contacts it is important that you follow the directions especially in regard to how long to wear them, when to wear them, how to put them in and keep them clean. Some contact lenses will require the use of a cleaning solution. Some basic tips are to wash and dry your hands before you put your contacts in or when removing them. Typically your left and right contact lens will be different in terms of their prescription parameters, so it can be helpful to make a habit of starting with the same side when you put them in or take them out. Carrying a backup set of eyeglasses is a good idea in case you accidentally lose or damage one of the lenses or run of out fresh contacts if they are disposable. Always discontinue using the lenses and talk to your doctor if you find them reddening your eye or hurting.

Take your time, talk to your eye care professional and ask lots of questions when choosing contacts. The technology has advanced so much that almost anyone can were contact lenses with comfort and convenience. Once you have your contact lens prescription check back with Vision Direct. Vision Direct has all the lenses your doctor will prescribe and at the most affordable prices. Visiondirect.com has ongoing promotions for new and repeat customers. For new customers check out this page for up to the minute promotional offers. If you are already a customer, our best offers for your next order are often found here.

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