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Contact Lenses

Contact Lenses
Fitting Contact Lenses
Contact Lens Prescription
Contact Lens Complications
Caring for Contact Lenses

Fitting Contact Lenses

It is essential that contact lenses be fitted to the wearer's eyes and vision requirements. An ophthalmologist, optometrist or optician should be consulted to fit contact lenses properly to individual eyes.
The eye doctor will check your eyes to ensure that you can wear contacts. Then, he or she will determine your contact lens prescription. This is why it is essential to visit your eye care practitioner on a regular basis (yearly, unless instructed otherwise by an eye doctor). Whether contact lenses are bought mail order, online or at a retailer, it is vital that the prescription used be up to date and accurate. An out of date contact lenses prescription will likely not address all of your vision needs.

Contact lenses can be worn by any age group; however, most professionals agree that young children should only wear contacts if given the OK to do so from an eye care professional. Over 90% of contact lens wearers are under the age of 50. This is likely not only due to the rise in availability of contact lenses over the past few decades, but also because the vision problems experienced by younger people are not as serious as those presented by older individuals. As the baby boomer cohort ages, greater interest in bifocal contacts is becoming apparent.
As eyes age, they become drier. Dry eyes can cause irritation and discomfort when wearing contact lenses. Researchers and manufacturers are addressing this problem with new developments in 'wetting' RGP materials. One fact remains - fitting lenses properly is the first step to contact lens comfort.

The National Eye Institute (A Division of the National Institutes of Health) offers excellent resources about vision, eye care and contact lenses. This site is available in both English and Spanish. The Optometrists Network provides detailed information for parents about children and vision care.

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