Around 45 million Americans choose to wear contact lenses to correct refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. Richard Storm, M.D. P.C., a board-certified ophthalmologist practicing in Brooklyn Heights and Nassau County in Long Beach, New York, prescribes and supplies contact lenses to address almost all vision problems. To learn more about your contact lens options, schedule a consultation today.
If you choose to wear contact lenses, you have a wide range of options to choose from, including:
There are a variety of soft contact lens options for you to consider. A classic soft contact lens is worn during the day and removed at night and can last for up to a year. However, you may choose disposable soft contact lenses that you wear during the day and replace after a day, a week, two weeks, or a month. Soft contact lenses are also available in extended-wear varieties that you can wear while you sleep.
Gas permeable lenses are made of rigid plastic. They’re smaller in diameter, but some patients find them more challenging to adjust to wearing. Gas permeable lenses provide the sharpest vision correction and are suitable for almost all prescriptions.
Toric contact lenses are designed specifically to correct astigmatism. They’re often slightly weighted to ensure they don’t rotate on your eye, so the lens stays aligned with the specific meridians of your eye.
If you have presbyopia and need multiple prescription strengths to correct your near and distance vision, multifocal lenses are the best option to help you see clearly.
When it comes to contact lenses, hygiene is critical. You should always wash your hands thoroughly with hot water and soap before handling your lenses or touching your eyes. You should also keep your contact lens case clean by rinsing it out and letting it dry after each use. You should also replace your contact case at least once every three months.
You can protect your eye health by only wearing your contacts as directed. For example, don’t sleep in your contact lenses unless they’re meant for extended wear. Also, if you wear disposable lenses, replace them on the recommended schedule.
You should have a comprehensive eye exam every year to keep your contact lens prescription up to date. However, if you’re not due for your eye exam but start to experience headaches, eyestrain, or are holding your phone closer to your face or at arms distance, it’s time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Storm.
Call Richard Storm, M.D. P.C. or schedule an appointment today for a comprehensive eye exam and accurate contact lens prescription.