Contact lenses are a convenient option for people who need corrective lenses. Contact lenses make it possible to avoid foggy, smudged glasses and cracked lenses, in addition to other things. At Chapel Hills Vision Clinic, we're happy to help patients who want to make the transition from glasses to contacts. Our Colorado Springs optometrist can offer an eye exam to determine your vision needs.
What Are Contact Lenses?
Contacts are corrective lenses that are placed on the surface of the eye. They work like glasses, but the lenses sit directly on top of the eyeballs and are not visible. These thin lenses can be worn for cosmetic reasons. For example, you can wear colored contact lenses to temporarily change the color or appearance of your eyes. Of course, once you remove the lenses, your true eye color is revealed. Contact lenses can also be worn to correct your vision. If you're nearsighted, the lenses will improve your distance vision. If you're farsighted, lenses will help you see things better closer.
There are people who wouldn't be considered good candidates for contact lenses. If you have severe astigmatism or other issues with your eyes, an optometrist may place you in the "hard-to-fit" category. However, this doesn't mean that you can't wear contact lenses. There are contact lenses made to fit people with specific issues that make it difficult for them to wear standard contact lenses. Lenses designed for people with hard-to-fit eyes make contact lenses a possibility. Our Colorado Springs optometrist can fit you with the specialty contacts you need to suit your unique problem. Our optometry department is committed to meeting the unique needs of all our patients.
Regardless of whether you wear glasses or not, you will need an eye exam to be fitted for contact lenses. A contact lens eye exam differs from an eye exam for glasses. The measurements taken will be different because contact lenses sit in front of the eye; whereas, glasses sit on the face and don't actually touch the eyes at all. An eye exam will help an optometrist get an in-depth look at your eyes and determine the best type of contact lens for your eyes. You may even opt to wear both contact lenses and glasses for flexibility. Contact lenses are often a choice for people who play sports and don't want to worry about their glasses during sports activities. If you have questions about contact lenses or hard-to-fit lenses, we can help. Give us a call. We'd be happy to schedule your eye exam.