4 Reasons We See Patients Skimping On Contact Lens Care
Contact lenses are a great option for thousands of people each year. Many of our staff are big contact lens wearers themselves. So, we know contacts. However, we see a lot of people coming through our doors with infections and other damage from misusing contacts and not maintaining them properly. There are a number of reasons why we see people skimping on their contact lens care and here are our top four reasons we see on a regular basis in our office:
- Save a buck: We know that taking care of your eyes can be an investment. And while we do everything we can to make contacts affordable for our patients, we know that there are people out there who are trying to extend the life of their contacts to save money. Let me tell you: it’s not worth it! The cost of eye infections or long-term damage to your cornea can be much more expensive (an annoying) in the long run!
- Ease: Contacts are a lot more flexible for many people. Think of situations like sports, traveling, leaning on a pillow to watch a movie, and the list goes on and on. We know that contacts may appear easy, but we also know that they require care and maintenance to keep your eyes healthy and seeing well. There are tons of options to make sure you can take care of them well. For example, the daily disposable contacts are a great option if you never want to worry about cleaning contacts each night. There are bi-weekly and monthly contacts that are approved for short naps or sleeping in overnight. Start the discussion with our doctors to know which contacts are right for you so that you will be the most successful with contacts.
- Time: Again, some people just find the cleaning process for contacts difficult to fit in their schedule. Sometimes we find people preferring glasses because they can make it work better in their morning routine. As we mentioned under point #2, there are a ton of options for contact lenses and we can help you find the right fit for you.
- Comfort: Every so often, we have patients tell us that they don’t wear their contacts because they are uncomfortable or they don’t seem to fit well. Contacts do have a specific fit and size that an eye doctor can help prescribe for you. Some people have conditions with astigmatism and other factors that make contacts a harder fit. Not every doctor knows how to fit specialty fit contacts, but our office has been specializing in this field for years. We can help you easily know if contacts are an option for you, and if they are, we can give you realistic expectations of what that process will look like for you.
There’s really no excuse for not taking care of your contacts, and in turn, your eyes! The technology today has made it easy to fit any lifestyle, budget, and schedule; you just need to find out where you fit into the world of contact lenses. Our techs and doctors can help you figure out the perfect fit for you and how to make it work in your life!