Seeing an eye doctor is an important part of your family's health, whether you need prescription lenses or not. If you or your child's vision is less than perfect a good place to determine how to make the corrections that will bring a better quality of life going forward. For many, that means making a choice between prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses. At Family Eye Health & Contact Lens Center in Lewiston, ME our optometrist in Lewiston can help you review your vision needs, as well as your lifestyle to help you make the best choice.
Choosing Prescription Eyeglasses
While in some cases people hesitate to wear glasses, especially if they think they will be seen as "uncool," the reality is that many consider glasses the better choice. They are easy to grab and put on in the morning, they won't cause dry or itchy eyes, and they offer a strong physical barrier between your eyes and the elements. Protective coatings can help shield against glare, sunlight, as well as debris. Many even consider their glasses to be an important part of their fashion statement. If nothing else, glasses are always a good "plan B" in the event that wearing contacts becomes challenging.
Choosing Prescription Contact Lenses
If you prefer contact lenses, there are many options to choose from, especially if your vision issues are fairly common. If correcting your vision is a bigger challenge for your eye doctor, than a pair of hard to fit contact lenses may be what you need. In either case, Family Eye Health & Contact Lens Center is committed to finding the right solution for our patients in Lewiston, as well as those in nearby communities, such as Sabattus and Lisbon.
Some common options for contact lenses include
- Soft contact lenses, which are flexible and easy for most people to wear.
- Extended Wear Contacts- Usually soft contacts, these allow oxygen to pass through in order to make them wearable continuously for an extended period, from overnight to a month, depending on the wearer.
- Disposable Lenses- Lenses designed to be discarded frequently and replaced with a new pair
- Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses - a More durable contact lens that may be less comfortable than soft contacts initially
- Scleral Contact Lenses- Contacts that fit along the upper and lower eyelids, and arch over the corneas instead of touching them. These lenses allow those with irregularly shaped corneas or those who suffer from dry eye syndrome or astigmatism to wear contact lenses.
- Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) Lenses - A rigid gas-permeable lens designed to change the shape of the cornea overnight, so that corrective lenses are not needed during the day.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If you need prescription lenses for any of these reasons, our optometrist in Lewiston, ME is here to help you find the vision solution you need. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact us at Family Eye Health & Contact Lens Center in Lewiston, ME at 207-782-9501.