Contact lenses are a flexible vision correction option. They help you see without glasses and can also slow the progression of myopia. Led by Bashir Tarraf, OD, the contact lens specialists at Dearborn Eyecare in Dearborn, Michigan, offer the full spectrum of contacts to meet your needs at any age and stage of life. Book your appointment online or call the office to schedule today.
Contact lenses are tiny discs that sit atop of your eye. Generally, contact lenses cover the iris and pupil, but some lenses extend over the sclera (white part of your eye) as well.
Contact materials can range from glass and hard plastics to soft plastics like silicone and hydrogel.
Contact lenses have a variety of purposes, including:
By far the most common use of contact lenses is vision correction. Contact lenses can correct refractive errors including myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism (irregular eye curvature), and presbyopia (age-related blurry near vision).
Many people have two or more refractive errors. For example, astigmatism often happens along with myopia, and most people with myopia develop presbyopia after age 40. Special contacts, like toric or multifocal lenses, can correct multiple issues within the same lens.
Myopia can worsen quickly, particularly in developing children. There are myopia control contacts, including both soft and hard versions, that children can wear overnight.
The lenses gently reshape the cornea while your child sleeps, improving their vision during the day. The treatment can slow the progression of myopia and preserve your child’s vision as they grow up. Some adults may experience myopia progression and need myopia control, too.
Special hard contact lenses (medically necessary contact lenses) treat conditions that affect your eye structure and health.
One common use of medically necessary contact lenses is for keratoconus, in which the cornea weakens and bulges into a cone. The contacts help the cornea return to a more normal shape.
Dearborn Eyecare offers contact lenses for every need. Your provider can prescribe lenses that meet your specific needs while maximizing your vision.
Can contacts replace glasses?
Many people think of contacts and glasses as an either-or thing. But, it’s actually best to have both. If you prefer wearing contacts, it’s good to have glasses with your up-to-date prescription for urgent situations. For example, if you lose a contact lens, have dry eyes, or have red eyes, glasses can help you see comfortably until you get help.
Need to get new contacts or ready to try them for the first time? Dearborn Eyecare has you covered. Call the office or click on the online appointment maker to set up your consultation with the contact lens professionals now.
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