Contact lenses offer some distinct advantages for people who suffer from refractive errors that impair their eyesight, including the correction of some complex conditions. However, if you've just discovered that you need corrective lenses or have always worn glasses in the past, you may not know much about this potentially confusing world. Fortunately, you can get the perfect contacts for your needs and preferences from our Jewett City optometrist at Griswold Eye Care.
Why Many People Choose Contact Lenses
Some people alternate between contact lenses and glasses depending on their immediate needs, while others stick with contacts exclusively. Contact lenses offer the following benefits:
- Clear, natural vision - Unlike eyeglass lenses, which remain fixed in the same position at all times, contacts move as your eyeballs move, which can result in more consistently clear vision.
- Invisible vision correction - If you don't like how you look in glasses or feel self-conscious about wearing such obvious vision correction, contacts offer an invisible alternative.
- Safety and security - Even the most robust glasses can break under extreme conditions. If you have a high-impact job or play contact sports, you can wear contacts without worrying about breakage.
Different Contact Lenses for Different Needs
Once you've decided that you want contact lenses, you must undergo the necessary evaluations and consultations to determine what kind of contacts make the most sense for you. Our optometrist will perform a contact lens exam in addition to regular eye and vision testing. The contact lens exam reveals details about your corneal curvature, pupil dimensions, and other data crucial for a correct fit.
The kind of contacts you end up with may depend in part on your lifestyle preferences. For instance, if you don't like taking your lenses out and cleaning them daily, extended-wear lenses may suit your needs best. Your vision issues may also dictate a certain type of lens. Our eye doctor may recommend:
- Rigid gas-permeable contacts, which hold their curvature more consistently than soft contacts for correction of stronger vision prescriptions.
- Hybrid contacts featuring a soft rim surrounding a rigid center for people who find rigid gas-permeable contacts uncomfortable.
- Scleral contacts fit over the entire cornea to compensate for a condition called keratoconus.
- Orthokeratology lenses temporarily reshape the corneas overnight, allowing you to see clearly without lenses during the day.
- Moisture-retaining contacts for people who suffer from dry eyes.
Contact Our Eye Doctor in Jewett City, CT
Dr. Simmons can inspect your eyes, discuss your contact lens options, and make sure you get a perfectly-fitted pair of lenses. Contact Griswold Eye Care today at (860) 376-2848 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.