More than 34 million people in the U.S. and 71 million people in the world wear contact lenses. With that many people wearing contacts, there are bound to be those who are loyal to a certain brand. Brand loyalty is a great quality for a consumer to have, unless that brand isn’t right for you. We suggest coming in to get a contact lens fitting with Dr. Ephraim to be sure you find the right contacts for your eyes. He has equipment that literally maps the surface of your eye to ensure a proper fitting lens. A good fit = comfort, good vision and healthy eyes.
However, a common question we’re asked is, “what is the healthiest contact lens?” The good news is that when you are properly fit with a lens that is compatible with your eyes and the lenses are cared for properly, contacts can be a healthy and popular option for correcting vision with minimal risk of complications.
Daily disposable soft lenses have been increasingly popular in recent years because of the health benefits they possess. They are not worn overnight and are thrown away every night, so there is little risk of complications with little-to-no build-up of deposits. Solution-related problems, as well as case contamination problems, are essentially eliminated. This is important as lens contamination and case contamination are important factors in causing eye infection and inflammation. In addition, as it has been found that overnight wear of contact lenses greatly increases the risk of eye infection; discarding the lenses every night greatly reduces the risk of this problem. This is why Dr. Ephraim will only prescribe daily lenses for patients under 16 years-old.
In recent years, conventional soft or "hydrogel" lenses are gradually being replaced by soft lenses containing "silicone" which increases the amount of oxygen going through the lens. Although hydrogel lens materials have not reduced the risk of an eye infection, especially if worn overnight or longer than prescribed, the increased oxygen received by the eye results in less swelling of the eye and appears to overall be a healthier option.
While it is apparent that today's generation of rigid gas permeable (GP) materials, silicone-hydrogel soft lens materials, and daily disposable soft lenses are quite healthy, following your eye care practitioner's lens care and wearing schedule recommendations are key factors in long-term safe and comfortable contact lens wear.
Every day people lose vision permanently due to improper contact lens wear. Please take care of your eyes.