Over 24 million people choose contact lenses to correct their vision. When used with care and proper supervision, contacts are a safe and effective alternative to eyeglasses. With today’s new lens technology, many people who wear eyeglasses can also successfully wear contact lenses.
If you wish to wear contact lenses, then please speak a Clemson Eye eye care professional to determine if this option is right for you.
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Types of Soft Lenses
- Conventional lenses (last up to 1 to 1½ year per lens – less common).
- Continuous wear or planned replacement lenses (last between one and six months per lens, varies among brands).
- Disposable lenses (last between one and two weeks per lens).
- Daily disposable lenses (last one day per lens – less popular).
Conventional lenses are used much less frequently today in the advent of planned replacement and disposable lenses, but they are still useful for patients with a very high or unusual prescription. Furthermore, conventional lenses require much more maintenance.
Soft Continuous Wear Contact Lenses are Most Suitable for:
- Patients who are highly motivated to follow the lens-care and follow-up visit schedule.
- Patients who understand the increased risk of corneal ulcers and other complications.
- Patients who are in good general health and good ocular health. They are not recommended for diabetic patients.
Disposable or Frequent Replacement Lenses are Most Suitable for:
- Patients who have marginally dry eyes.
- Patients who have eyelid inflammatory conditions such as blepharitis.
- Patients who have significant allergies.
- Patients who use systemic medications, such as antihistamines or calcium supplements.
- Patients who work in a dusty or dirty involvement.
- Patients who are active in outdoor activities or sports
- Patients who spend a lot of time using a computer or reading.
Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses are Most Suitable for:
- Patients who cannot achieve acceptable vision with soft lenses (some patients with keratoconus, astigmatism or corneal transplant.
- Patients who have had problems with soft contact lens deposits.
- Patients who have difficulty handling soft contact lenses.
- Patients who have moderately dry eyes or poor quality tear film.
Contact lens wearers should be aware of possible complications involved in using contact lenses.
Contact Lens Information
Contact lenses are a reasonable alternative to glasses to attain good vision. However, contact lenses are not without risk.
The most common complications occur due to poor hygiene or compliance. We recommend having a set of glasses in case you must discontinue use of your contact lenses due to problems. Annual exams by your eye doctor are highly recommended to avoid serious complications and ensure your ongoing eye health.
The following conditions are possible complications of contact lenses. You, the patient, must be aware of the potential hazards and accept these relative risks in addition to the benefits of contact lenses.