Millions and millions around the world wear contact lenses, though you might not know it just by looking at these people. If you’re not familiar with contact lenses, let’s introduce you to these incognito but common little helpers.
What is a contact lens?
A contact lens is a thin, curved lens placed on the film of tears that covers the surface of your eye. The lens itself is naturally clear, but is often given the slightest tinge of color to make them easier for wearers to handle. Today’s contact lenses are either hard or soft. Most people wear the latter form now, but it wasn’t too long ago that contact lenses were even glass blown! While contact lenses are still most commonly used for vision correction, there are also contact lenses for purely cosmetic and novelty purposes. Colored contact lenses can enhance or completely change the color of your eyes, and costume contact lenses can help create some of the special effects you see on the big screen.
All contact lenses, however, are medical devices, regulated by the U.S. FDA. Prescription lenses and cosmetic lenses all require a prescription. This is because even more complications such as infection and inflammation might lead to vision loss or blindness. The best ways to help prevent complications include: • Talk to your eye doctor if you’re thinking about contacts • Buy contact lenses from a legitimate source • Keep your contact lenses well cared for and clean • Follow all the instructions around your contact lenses and lens products • Stick to your wear and replacement schedule Have a question about lenses or vision in general? Please call 702-896-6043 and schedule an appointment.