If you are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism, you will need some form of correction to see clearly. The two most common forms of vision correction are eyeglasses and contact lenses. If you are considering contact lenses and live in or around Gulfport, contact our team at Benefield Eye Care to schedule an appointment with our optometrist.
The Benefits of Contact Lenses
Many people choose contacts because they provide a more natural appearance. Some prefer contacts because they do not need to worry about their vision being obstructed by an eyeglass frame or dirty lenses. Athletes and people who work out prefer contacts because they are better than wearing athletic goggles.
Types of Contact Lenses
There are many types of contacts, and the contacts that you choose will depend on how often you want to change the contacts. Some contacts need to be changed every day, once a week, every two weeks, and every month. If you do not have the time and patience to insert and remove your contacts daily, you can go with extended wear lenses that can be worn for 30 days straight without removing them. You can also get contacts that change the color of your eyes. For example, if you have brown eyes and have always wanted green eyes, our optometrist can prescribe green contacts that contain your prescription.
How to Get Contact Lenses
If you are considering contact lenses, you will need a contact lens exam. Your contact lens prescription is not the same as your eyeglass prescription. An eyeglass lens sits an inch or two away from your eyes and contacts sit directly on your cornea. Because of this, the two prescriptions would be different. During the contact lens exam, our optometrist will test your eyes to determine your prescription and the type of contacts that would be best suited for you. You will also sit down with a tech to learn how to insert and remove your contacts and to care for them properly.
Our optometrist will give you a pair of trial lenses to wear for a couple of weeks to make sure that you can see clearly and that they are comfortable. If your trial lenses are working well, you can order your supply. If not, we will make the necessary adjustments.
There are certain conditions of the eye that make you “hard to fit” for contacts. These include:
- Dry eye syndrome
- Giant papillary conjunctivitis
If you have any of these conditions, our eye doctor can fit you with special lenses to treat the condition and won't exasperate the symptoms.
Visit Our Optometrist in Gulfport, MS
If you are considering contact lenses, schedule an appointment at Benefield Eye Care. Our optometrist in Gulfport will administer a contact lens exam to fit you with the right contacts for your eyes. Call us today at (228) 328-0972 to find out more.