Trumansburg Contact Lenses
At Trumansburg Optical, we understand that fashion and comfort both have a lot to do with your choices in eyewear. For instance, thick-framed glasses might look great on you, pushing you in that direction. Conversely, you might want to avoid glasses altogether. In that case, contact lenses provide a convenient and comfortable solution. In our downtown Trumansburg shop, we carry a range of different lenses, helping to restore your vision while avoiding the maintenance and appearance of glasses. Give us a call or stop in today to learn more about our contact lenses, and how they can help you see well and look great!
Soft Vs. Rigid Contacts
The most important choice you will have to make when choosing your contacts is whether you prefer hard or soft contact lenses. Though both are effective at restoring your vision, there are a couple of main differences between these two variations.
- Rigid – sometimes also known as “hard contact lenses”, these lenses are inflexible. Despite this, they are made from an oxygen-permeable material, which allows the necessary oxygen to reach your cornea, avoiding certain health complications. These lenses are more resilient than soft lenses and will provide better vision for individuals who live or work under varying environmental conditions. These lenses also have the benefit of longevity — you only need to replace your pair every 2-6 years, depending on the brand and the specifics of your lenses. The only major sacrifice these lenses experience is comfort: the rigid plastic of these lenses may be uncomfortable for the wearer at first, and it can sometimes take a few months to become acclimated.
- Soft – these lenses tend to vary from one another and can be made from a variety of different materials. Changing the materials of a soft contact can adjust the water content of a lens, as well as its oxygen permeability. While these may not seem like they would be easy to notice for the average wearer, a patient’s comfort often depends on these factors, and different eyes have different requirements. Another main difference between different soft contact lenses is the amount of time each can be worn for. Some lenses can be worn overnight, while others — like hard lenses — you should take out daily. As for longevity, some soft lenses are disposed of daily, while you can keep others for upwards of 6 months. Most lenses will benefit from replacement every two weeks. Soft lenses are great for patients who are looking for comfort and the ability to choose the perfect lens for themselves. They also provide options for those with health complications — including silicone hydrogel lenses for those with diabetes, and toric lenses for those with astigmatism.
Taking certain precautions will help you minimize the risks of wearing contact lenses. Whereas glasses do not make direct contact with your eyes, lenses do, and that means that you must account for certain health risks. A few precautions you can take:
- Washing your hands before handling contacts – this will help prevent infection-causing bacteria from entering your eyes.
- Replacing contacts regularly – whether your contacts need to be replaced every six days or every six years, keep track of the lifespan of your contacts and avoid overusing them.
- Do not sleep in your contacts – unless you are wearing lenses that specify they are sleep-friendly, take out your contacts and safely store them while you sleep.
- Rinse or apply eye drops if contacts sting – dirt, dust or eyelashes can cause discomfort and irritation if trapped within your contact. Rinse your contacts with solution if they are hurting your eyes.
Come into Trumansburg Optical for Your Contacts!
If you are interested in getting excellent contact lenses — whether they are rigid or soft — come into Trumansburg Optical today! Dr. Henninger can determine whether you need corrective lenses, and help you pick out the perfect brand, depending on your preferences. You can also reach out by calling our Trumansburg office, or by leaving us your contact information on our website. We look forward to hearing from you.