Many of Dr. Michael Pellegrino’s patients decide to choose contact lenses in our Oshawa and Whitby clinics. However, there are many important considerations to take into account when it comes to deciding if contact lenses are right for you. These are some of the questions you should first ask yourself:
While the majority of patients will require contact lenses for everyday wear, there are some who may only need to wear them occasionally, such as on weekends or at special occasions when they don’t wish to wear glasses. Soft contact lenses may be worn either part-time or full-time, depending upon your needs. However, hard contact lenses should only be worn on a regular basis.
Some patients prefer to wear their contacts overnight, while others prefer to take them out at bedtime. Your ability to comfortably wear overnight lenses depends on your general eye health, the type of lens you prefer to wear, the composition of your tear film and more. While it is possible to sleep in gas permeable contact lenses, do not do so without first consulting your optometrist. If you’re interested in extended wear contacts, please consult with our optometrist to determine if this is possible.
Wearing contact lenses is a big responsibility. There are many types of fungal eye infections that can develop if you don’t care for your contacts properly. You’ll either need to commit to cleaning and disinfecting your contacts daily with a special solution or commit to using daily disposable lenses for single use in order to avoid infection.
If you wear bifocals, there are special multifocal contact lenses and mono vision options available that will allow patients to see near and far without reading glasses. Please consult with our optometrist to see if this is a good fit for you.
If you suffer from allergies or dry eyes, contact lenses may not be a comfortable fit for you. However, daily disposables may help alleviate contact lens-related allergies and there are also many contact brands specifically recommended for dry eyes.