Are Soft Contacts the newest and greatest Technology?
Visual impairment of all degrees can be corrected with the proper prescription contact lenses.
A century ago, no one could ever imagine that one day corrective lenses would be placed directly on the eye’s surface and would provide comparable, if not even better, optical enhancement than traditional spectacles.
Today, contact lenses are designed for all types of eyesight impairments, are also available as Colored Contact Lenses and custom contact lenses.
Contact lenses were first introduced as hard, concave, and transparent devices that were difficult to take care of and somewhat uncomfortable to wear.
Through many advances in technology, soft contact lenses were created in 1971 and relieved wearers from the discomfort of hard Contacts.
Ever since they were first introduced, soft contact lenses have always been a big hit with people who wear contacts.
For people who are new to wearing contacts, soft lenses are more forgiving and more comfortable than other types of lenses.
Eyes can adjust quickly to soft lenses. Still, the number one reason people choose these is the convenience and ease of care that they benefit from.
Soft lenses are available as daily disposables and extended wear disposables that can be thrown away every day, week, or month.
Extended wear disposables require more care and cleaning than daily disposable soft lenses.
The biggest pitfalls of soft contacts are that they tear easily due to their delicate nature and they are highly permeable to pollutants that can cause irritation.
Because soft lenses are flimsy and do not hold their shape, inserting and removing them can prove to be challenging for beginners.
Soft lenses are produced from a soft polymer that usually incorporates a silicone hydro-gel and water molecules.
The hydro-gel allows for maximum wearer comfort, but also causes the lens to be delicate.
Water is incorporated into the structure of soft lenses to allow oxygen to pass through the lenses to nourish the Cornea and keep it healthy.
However, water not only lets oxygen through, but it also opens the door and invites all sorts of environmental pollutants, bacteria, and dirt through the lenses.
These contaminants then breed in the space between the lenses and the eye’s tear film, and the ultimate outcomes can vary from a minor eye irritation to a full-blown Eye Infection.
Proper care and cleaning of contact lenses cannot be stressed enough.
Upon the first signs of irritation, contacts should be immediately removed to avoid more serious complications.
No matter what your vision correction needs are, always consult with your eye care specialist first since they will know what will best suit you.
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