If you’ve been considering getting contact lenses in Oshkosh, now is a great time to give it a try! Contact lenses are an excellent option for many people who need lenses to see well, but who don’t want to wear glasses. They are small, convenient and, with just a little practice, they are easy to put in and take out.
The first step to getting contact lenses is to find an excellent optometrist in your area who can give you an eye exam and tell you all about your many options.
Here are some tips to get you started.
Think about how you will use your contact lenses
Contact lenses are actually quite diverse in style, so knowing what you want to do with them ahead of time will be invaluable. For example, will you be wearing them all day, every day, and be using your eyes extensively? Or will you be wearing your contacts on an as-needed basis in addition to your glasses, for the added convenience? Decide how often you’ll want to use your lenses and let your optometrist know so she can make the best recommendation for your situation.
Know your lenses
Your optometrist is the ultimate expert in contact lenses in Oshkosh, but it might help to have some basic knowledge about your options ahead of time, so you can ask her any questions you have when you get together. Here’s the rundown:
- Hard lenses: These contact lenses are rigid and gas-permeable (RGP), and are constructed from silicone and other materials. Many people have an astigmatism—their cornea is more egg-shaped, as opposed to sphere-shaped—in which case a soft lens isn’t the best choice, since it won’t give them sharp vision. Some people are also allergic to certain types of soft lenses, or are prone to protein deposits. Your optometrist can check for things like astigmatisms and protein deposit formation when you come in for your exam.
- Soft lenses: These lenses tend to be the most popular choice. They are comfortable for long days of work, and there are a lot of varieties to choose from, depending on your needs.
- Disposable-wear lenses: Although they are more expensive, many people prefer these lenses, which are replaced daily, weekly, biweekly or monthly, especially if they have allergies or issues with protein deposits on their contact lenses.
- Extended-wear lenses: These can be worn even while you are sleeping, but should absolutely be taken out for thorough cleaning and disinfecting at least once a week. Many optometrists do not recommend these lenses, since there is some concern about corneal infection that can occur with overnight wear.
- Daily-wear lenses: Just what they sound like, these lenses are affordable, and can last for some time when used properly: worn during the day, removed and cleaned at night.
There are even more contact lens options out there—bifocal, multifocal, colored and more—so make sure to talk to your experienced optometrist so you can get fantastic contact lenses in Oshkosh! Get in touch with Dr. Jill’s Optical Shoppe today for more information.