Contact lenses have become the way to go for people with eye issues needing correction. But did you know that plastic lenses were developed in 1936 by New York Optometrist William Feinbloom? Moving forward to 1960, Czech Ophthalmologist Otto Wichterle designed the first gas permeable (GP) soft lens we wear today. Since then, their popularity as an alternative to eyeglasses has been well established. But popularity aside, are they right for you?
Some people see contacts as a natural addition to their daily lives; others find them difficult to put in and uncomfortable. Older people admit their preference for glasses to hide the visible signs of age. The truth is, contacts or no contacts is a matter of preference, one based on a variety of factors beyond aesthetics. While a no-glasses look may seem an attractive alternative, there is more to consider.
There are several reasons to use contact lenses, including:
Reasons to not wear contact lenses include:
Among frequent complaints from contact, users are those who experience dry eye. While dry eye syndrome (DES) is common among both contact lens wearers and non-wearers, the symptoms for contact users can be severe and even disruptive to their vision. Before choosing contacts, consult your eye doctor to determine whether or not they are right for you.
This relatively new contact technology is larger in diameter rigid gas permeable lenses that rest on the white (scleral) part of the eye. The sclera has considerably fewer nerve endings than the cornea, which means less sensitivity and a more comfortable fit. The lenses are comfortable for dry eye sufferers and are especially beneficial for people with corneal disease.
Many doctors do not recommend contacts for intense nearsightedness, those with severe allergies, or those in advanced age.
Dr. Craig Beyer comes to the New York area as one of the first 10 doctors in the country authorized to perform LASIK surgery by the FDA. He has personally performed over 15,000 surgeries. His experience in all corrective surgeries and knowledge of advanced eye care has been noted by top Ophthalmology Publications nationwide.
If you live in New York or the surrounding areas and are considering LASIX surgery, experiencing eye issues, or need professional advice on contacts versus glasses, call us now at 877-274-1797 to schedule a free consultation.