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1. How Contact Lenses Work


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Vision correction can be achieved using either eyeglasses or contact lenses. Millions of people in the United States use these products to correct their vision. The technology has advanced over the years, offering patients a variety of products for a personalized fit.

Contact lenses are small prescription lenses which are worn on the surface of the eye. Each lens is created with a specific prescription to correct refractive errors. Even though the lenses are small, they work in the same way as eyeglass lenses. When the eye looks through the lens, the way the light moves through the eye changes so that you can see clearly.


2. Types of Contact Lenses


Patients can choose from various types of contact lenses depending on personal preference and the type of eye condition that is being treated. Contact lenses are designed to meet different purposes based on the materials, shape, and size of the lens.

Some contact lenses need to be changed frequently, while others can be used for an extended period of time. Talk to your optometrist about daily, weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly lenses.

Additionally, contact lenses are available for specific eye conditions: astigmatism, nearsightedness, multifocals, and more. At Vision Boutique, we are pleased to offer specialty contact lenses to match your unique needs. Our doctors fit bifocal contacts, scleral lenses, custom soft lenses, and rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses for a variety of eye conditions including keratoconus and irregular astigmatism.


3. Why You Need a Contact Lens Fitting


You can look at contacts online, but you won’t receive the same level of service that is available from an in-person visit with an optometrist. An appointment is necessary to determine the right prescription and the types of contact lenses that should be worn.

A comprehensive eye exam is suggested to ensure that your eyes are healthy and there are no eye conditions that need to be treated. Then, it is time to determine the right contact lenses for your eyes. There is not a one-size-fits-all solution for contact lenses, which is why it is important to have a contact lens fitting with an experienced optometrist.

Contact lenses with an improper fit can cause blurry vision, discomfort, and even damage to the eye. These problems can be avoided by scheduling a contact lens fitting with your eye doctor. During the appointment, the optometrist will measure the corneal curvature, the size of the iris, and evaluate the tear film.


4. Contact Lens Prescription and Ongoing Needs


Once the contact lens prescription has been identified, you can start wearing your new lenses. It is important to follow the optometrist’s recommendations for the care, hygiene, and replacement of your contact lenses. Also, follow-up appointments are essential to ensure that the lenses are a good fit.

If you are experiencing problems with your contact lenses, then the best solution is to discontinue use and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. You might need to change to a different lens or make an adjustment to your wearing schedule to ensure maximum comfort for your eyes. Get fitted in new contact lenses in one of our locations.

5. Recycling Contact Lenses


The convenience and benefits of contact lenses are undeniable: you can open a fresh set of lenses in the morning, enjoy clear vision all day long, then toss the lenses in the trash before bed. But, before you throw those lenses out, have you considered your options for recycling contact lenses?

Too often, people throw plastic and waste into the garbage can without thinking about how the trash might be affecting the environment. Many cities are implementing recycling programs, which makes it possible to save the planet by recycling water bottles, cardboard, magazines, and more. If you are looking for ways to do your part by keeping stuff out of the landfill, then recycling contact lenses could be another thing to add to your initiative.

All of our Vision Boutique and West Loop Eye Care offices offer the ONE on ONE Recycling Program provided by Bausch + Lomb and TerraCycle. Find out more about this program.

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