Contact Lenses Specialist

Your Two Eyes Optometry

Optometry located in Berkeley, CA

Contact lenses can correct the same refractive errors as glasses, but they feel much closer to having a natural, uncorrected clear vision and they won’t get in the way of your active lifestyle. At Your Two Eyes Optometry in Berkeley, California, the team of optometrists can examine and fit you for contact lenses. To find out if contact lenses are right for you or to update your prescription, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Contact Lenses Q & A

What are the advantages of contact lenses over glasses?

If you don’t have 20/20 vision, and you’re not interested in undergoing laser eye surgery, contact lenses may provide the next best thing. Compared with glasses, contact lenses provide a clearer, more natural vision.

You may be aware when wearing glasses that you’re looking at the world through glasses. You’re far less likely to experience this with contacts. Contacts sit on your eyes and move with your eyes wherever you look, providing a wider field of vision, including peripheral vision.

When glasses are your lifeline to clear vision, a lot can go wrong. If it’s rainy or foggy outside, keeping your glasses free of water or condensation is a challenge. You also have to worry about your glasses breaking, falling off, or getting in the way, which is especially frustrating if you like to play sports, spend time in the outdoors, or have a physically demanding job.

You may prefer the way you look without glasses but still need corrective lenses. Contact lenses can solve this dilemma.

What are the different kinds of contact lenses?

Most contact lenses are soft contact lenses. They’re made of a thin, flexible plastic that comfortably fits the front surface of your eye. There are also hard lenses, known as rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, which you may find easier to keep clean, and easier to wear, especially if you have astigmatism.

Depending on your preferences, you can choose soft contact lenses that you wear and replace on various schedules. You may replace them every day or once every two to four weeks. Many contacts are designed to be worn for 10-12 hours at a time, though some are designed for continuous wear, including at night.

Contact lenses are effective for treating the same refractive errors as glasses, including nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. With evolving technology, contact lenses can treat complex refractive errors. For example, contact lenses can be bifocal, trifocal, or progressive, just like eyeglasses.

How do I take care of my eyes when I wear contact lenses?

If you haven’t worn contact lenses, it’s understandable to worry about the risk of discomfort, irritation, and infection. Thankfully, as long as you follow good hygiene and maintenance habits, you can avoid complications while enjoying the many vision benefits of contact lenses. These habits include:

  • Washing your hands before you put in, take out, and handle your contacts
  • Removing your contacts before you go to sleep, even if they’re designed to be worn at night
  • Always using fresh lens solution that’s designed for the type of contacts you have
  • Regularly rinsing your contact lens case with solution and replacing it every three months, even if it looks clean
  • Replacing your contacts according to the recommended schedule

To learn more about contact lenses, call Your Two Eyes Optometry or schedule an appointment online today.