When it comes to contact lenses everyone is hoping to have clear and comfortable vision, for long hours, and as hassle free as possible. They also want to ensure they have what is best and healthiest for their eyes so that they can continue to wear them long term.
Let me start by recounting my personal experiences with contacts. Growing up I was highly nearsighted. Of course as a teenager (like any teenager), I didn`t like wearing thick ugly glasses. Socially I didn`t like it, and it was a huge inconvenience for sports. As a matter of fact there were many sports I did not pursue because I couldn`t see with glasses off, and it wasn`t practical to do the sport with glasses on.
I did wear soft contact lenses in my late teens and early twenties. But I develped intolerance to my lenses because I wasn`t being monitored properly and didn`t realize problems and sensitivities were developing. Eventually I paid the price by not being able to wear contact lenses at all.
So.... as an optometrist I understand the issues involved with contact lenses and have made it my mission to ensure my own contact lens patients avoid this unfortunate outcome.
There are amazing options available these days in terms of oxygen permeability, disposability, and better safer solutions. As well there are excellent options for astigmatism and bifocal contact lenses. Rigid contact lenses have improved dramatically and offer options as well. All in all it is an exciting time to be fitting contact lenses and trouble shooting problems.