Much of the work we do here at Village Optical involves general eye exams and the supplying of eyeglasses and contact lenses for those who need them. Tens of millions of Americans wear eyeglasses and contact lenses to improve their vision, so if you are looking to get outfitted with contact lenses for the first time, then you're not alone. The following is a look at some of the most common questions we get about contact lenses at our optometry office:
What contact lenses are best for my eyes? There are many different types of contact lenses with various replacement cycles. Some contacts are replaced every day, while others are replaced week-to-week. There are also contacts comprised of different materials to assist with various eye conditions, including astigmatism, farsightedness, and nearsightedness. Our eye doctor will assess your eyes to determine what kind of contact lenses are best for you.
Will I be able to wear contacts when playing sports or doing similar athletic activities? Yes! The ability to wear contacts while playing sports is a leading reason why many athletes and active individuals choose to wear contacts over eyeglasses.
Can I swim with contact lenses? According to the FDA, contact lenses should not be exposed to any type of water. That said, many find light water activities like showering to be perfectly fine while wearing contacts. It is important to keep in mind that water can be an irritant and potentially cause an eye infection.
Can I clean contacts with water? What type of eye drops are appropriate? No, you should never clean your contacts with tap water. Even filtered water can be an irritant, containing minerals that can cause issues with your eyes. Instead, use an appropriately marked saline solution to disinfect and store your contacts. Our eye doctor will recommend the proper eye drops for you, and you should not use medicated eye drops unless advised to do so by your eye doctor.
Is it difficult to keep contact lenses clean and care for them? Most contact lenses wearers will say no. If you have daily disposable lenses, you won't have to care for them at all. For more extended use contacts, you can expect to spend about the same amount of time cleaning and maintaining your contacts as you would brushing your teeth.
For more information on contact lenses or to schedule an eye exam, call Village Optical at (516) 352-2316.