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Posted on 12-06-2017

Why You Need to Renew Your Contact Lens Prescription in Long Grove

If you can still see out of your contact lenses, you may be wondering why our Long Grove optometrist is urging you to renew your contact lens prescription. Actually, there are several good reasons to do so. Let's examine a few of them.

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Reasons to Renew Your Contact Lens

  • Contact lens prescriptions expire. You can't even obtain contact lenses unless you have a contact lens prescription -- which is not the same thing as a prescription for eyeglasses. That's partly because contacts, which interface directly with the eye, are considered medical devices. Different states have different standards, but here in Illinois, a contact lens prescription is only good for one year.

  • Your underlying vision issues may be changing. The eyes may continue to change shape subtly; altering your refractive error just enough to require updating your contact lens prescription. Presbyopia, cataracts, and other age-related changes may also require our Long Grove optometrist to modify your prescription from time to time. You may even need to switch from standard soft contacts to more specialized hard to fit contacts. We can catch these issues through regular contact lens exams in Long Grove.

  • Your current contacts might be causing eye problems. Aging eyes become more and more vulnerable to dry eye, which is often aggravated by standard contact lenses. If you've started suffering from irritated eyes and eyelids since you started wearing contacts, you may have developed a sensitivity known as giant papillary conjunctivitis, or GPC -- which can be made worse by soft contacts' tendencies to hold onto stray proteins and other irritating debris. In such cases, our optometry clinic in Long Grove can rewrite your prescription to fit you with hard to fit contacts such as moisture-retaining contacts (to minimize dry eye) and rigid gas permeable lenses (which don't gather as much debris as soft lenses).

Talk to Our Optometrist in Long Grove IL for a Contact Lens Exam

Contact Forsight Vision Care at 847-999-4082 to ask our optometrist in Long Grove IL about renewing your contact lens prescription. Then schedule your contact lens exams in Long Grove with us!

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