Your vision is uniquely yours. Everyone has different requirements based on their age, lifestyle and occupation. It’s important to work with your eye care professional to make sure your lenses and lens care regimen reflect those requirements.
Teens & Contact Lenses
Contact lenses have many potential benefits for teenagers, provided the wearer stays on top of daily care.
Daily disposable contact lenses are a popular choice, as they’re convenient and require the least care.
Contact lenses, even if worn for cosmetic reasons, are medical devices that must only be worn under the prescription, direction and supervision of an eye care professional. Serious eye health problems may occur as a result of sharing contact lenses.
Your Daily Life With Contacts
Contact lenses give you the freedom to see clearly without having to rely on eyeglasses. For many people, contact lenses offer more convenience, greater flexibility and better vision. Here are some things to consider about living with contact lenses.
Airplanes expose the eyes to dry air, which can lead to discomfort with contact lenses. Rewetting drops designed for use with contact lenses may help relieve some lens dryness during flight.
Swimming and exposure to water in activities such as water skiing and hot tubs increase the risk of ocular infection.
Pregnancy can cause visual changes or changes in contact lens tolerance. Talk to your eye care professional if you wear contact lenses while pregnant.
Wearing someone else’s contact lenses can cause damage to your eyes. Never wear someone else’s contact lenses.
Computer use can cause lens dryness, particularly for contact lens wearers. Rewetting drops designed for use with contact lenses can help improve comfort.
Sleeping in contact lenses is something you should discuss with your eye care professional. Never sleep in contact lenses unless you are wearing a lens prescribed for that purpose by your eye care professional.
Wearing makeup can cause irritation, infection or damage to your contact lenses. Consider wearing a water-based mascara. Always apply makeup after inserting your contact lenses, and remove your lenses before removing makeup.
Learn the do’s and don’ts of inserting and removing your contact lenses.
Which Contacts Are Right for You?
There are several different types of contact lenses with benefits and drawbacks depending on what you need. Some of your choices include:
- Soft vs. gas permeable (GP) lenses
- Daily disposable or frequent-replacement lenses vs. extended wear lenses
- Spherical lenses vs. toric lenses vs. multifocal or bifocal lenses
Take a look at the types of contact lenses section to learn more about each variety, and talk to your eye care professional about which may be right for you.
Advantages & Disadvantages
While some types of contact lenses offer more convenience or comfort, others cater to specific vision requirements.