Just like eyeglasses, a contact lens is a medical device used to help you see clearly. That means for it to work for you, it must be the correct prescription strength and the correct fit for your eye. It has to be used and maintained properly.
Unlike eyeglasses, however, a contact lens can cause serious damage to your eye if it is not the correct lens for you or if it is worn improperly.
Even if you can see clearly through them, ill-fitting contact lenses can cause dangerous microscopic changes in the delicate tissues of the front of your eye. For that reason, if you're interested in wearing contact lenses, it is imperative that you follow the directions of your eyecare provider. To ensure a properly fitted contact lens, your eyecare provider will measure your eyes and examine them under a high-powered microscope. Only then can the appropriate contact lens be chosen for you. You will be given personal training in how to insert, remove and care for your contact lenses.
A follow-up visit will allow your doctor to recheck the performance of the lenses and the health of your eyes. But remember, contact lenses are prescription items that require careful, professional fitting and proper maintenance throughout the period you are using them.
After these careful steps, you can anticipate healthy eyes and good vision with contact lens use.
As a regular part of preventive health care, be sure to see your eye doctor for regular check-ups.
Disclaimer: The information on this page was compiled by Cynthia Kenneally, MD. This material provides general information only. It should not be used in place of the advice, instructions, or treatment given by your doctor or other health care professional.