If you have poor vision but don’t want to wear glasses, consider contact lenses. These devices can improve your eyesight and are safe for teenagers and adults. At Dr. Chandra Gibbs in Richardson, Texas, Chandra Gibbs, OD, regularly prescribes contact lenses. To schedule an appointment, book online or call to speak with a member of the administrative staff.
Contact lenses are clear discs made from plastic or glass that improve your vision. They rest on top of the tear film that covers your cornea, helping you see more clearly.
Like eyeglasses, contact lenses treat refractive errors, including:
If you regularly experience blurred vision and it interferes with your ability to drive or look at a computer monitor, contact Dr. Gibbs right away.
Dr. Gibbs offers several types of contact lenses, including:
You put daily wear contacts in when you wake up and remove them before going to bed at night. Most are made from soft, breathable materials and need to be replaced between two weeks and a month.
Extended wear contacts can be worn overnight. Even so, it’s important to remove and clean them at least once a week. Failing to do so may increase the risk of irritation or an eye infection.
If you have astigmatism, Dr. Gibbs might recommend toric lenses. Toric lenses have a unique shape that improves your eye’s ability to reflect light and focus.
To determine if you’re a good candidate for contact lenses, Dr. Gibbs reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms, and conducts a comprehensive eye exam.
Although contacts are safe and well-tolerated, they aren’t for everyone. That’s especially true if you:
To wear contact lenses, you also need a healthy cornea and plenty of tear film.
To keep your contact lenses in optimal condition, it’s important to regularly clean and care for them.
First, follow the recommended schedule for wearing and replacing your contacts. Before putting your contacts in, make sure they’re thoroughly cleaned and sterilized.
Second, attend routine eye exams. Over the years, your cornea can change shape, affecting the fit of your contact lenses. Regular appointments can detect these changes early on and make adjustments as necessary.
Third, avoid swimming or other water-related activities when your contacts are in. If water gets into your contacts, it can result in an infection, red eyes, or more serious problems.
To learn more about the benefits of contact lenses, request an appointment at the practice of Dr. Chandra Gibbs. Call to speak with a member of the support team or book online.