When thinking about contact lenses, the experts at our Washington DC optical boutique, Metropolitan Optical, are able to offer you several contact lens options, choosing between multifocal, bifocal, rigid or soft lenses. Because there are so many lens choices, our educated doctors will listen closely to your goals and choose the lens that best suits your needs and lifestyle. Once chosen, fitted and being worn, caring for your contact lenses properly is very important. Correct maintenance will not only help to guarantee your total satisfaction with your contact lenses but that they last as long as they are supposed to and function properly. The dedicated staff at our Washington DC optical boutique, will make sure our patients and customers know that proper care of their contact lenses guarantees their excellent quality during the time they are worn. We do our best to offer the most appropriate solution for each type of lens, customizing our care suggestions to our specific patient’s needs.
Soft contact lenses are made of flexible plastics that allow oxygen to pass through to the cornea. Rigid gas permeable contact lenses (RGPs) are more durable and resistant to deposit buildup, and usually offer crisper, clearer vision. RGP’s tend to be less expensive over the life of the lens since they last longer than soft contact lenses. Although they are easier to handle and less likely to tear, RGP’s are not as comfortable initially as soft contacts and it may take a few weeks to get used to wearing them, compared to several days for soft contacts. Extended wear lenses are usually soft contact lenses made of flexible plastics that allow oxygen to pass through to the cornea. The length of continuous wear depends on the type of lens and the specialists at our Washington DC optical boutique will evaluate your tolerance for overnight wear. It’s important for the eyes to have a rest without lenses for at least one night following each scheduled removal. Treating and educating our patients for many years, our doctors will explain that some common causes which contribute to a contact lens-related infection include, sleeping in your contact lenses, use of extended-wear lenses, reduced tear exchange under the lens, and environmental issues. Another common cause of infection is poor hygiene, including insufficient maintenance of contact lens cases or reusing contact lens solution. Safe handling, proper storage and cleaning of your lenses are important steps to reduce your risk of a keratitis infection. We are well educated in the fitting, as well as the care, of all types of contact lenses and make sure all our patients know how to get the most out of their choices.