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Contact lenses have come a long way since the 1930s, when the first practical plastic contacts went into production. Today's options come in a wide range of categories, from disposable contacts to rigid contacts designed for long-term wear. If you' re tired of glasses or you want an alternative form of vision correction that better suits your lifestyle, contact lenses are a great way to go. Optometrists at Forsight Vision perform contact lens exams and fittings for residents of Long Grove and Chicago’s northwest suburbs, just like you.
Contact lenses are prescribed to correct refractive errors in which incoming light can't be focused into clear images on the retina due to abnormal eye shape. Nearsightedness and farsightedness are common examples or refractive errors. Sometimes the cornea at the front of the eye has an abnormal curvature; this produces another kind of refractive error known as astigmatism. Both eyeglasses and contact lenses correct these problems with lenses that are specially made to compensate for your eyes' precise degree of refractive error.
But contact lenses have certain advantages over eyeglasses. Their "invisibility" conveys the outward illusion that your eyes need no correction at all -- and some people prefer the way they look without glasses. Contacts can also be worn during sports and other active pursuits without fear of damage. Some contacts even allow you to change your apparent eye color.
There are different types of contact lenses, each with its own appeal. Disposable contacts offer good vision correction for most wearers and can simply be thrown away and replaced as needed. These soft contacts are also quite comfortable; so are extended-wear soft contacts that are sterilized and replaced on a set schedule. RGP (rigid gas permeable) contacts are hard lenses that offer the highest standard of vision correction. They're a common feature in hard to fit contacts for conditions such as keratoconus (severe astigmatism caused by thin or weak corneal tissue). We also provide hard-to-fit contacts for correcting presbyopia such as bifocal or multifocal contacts.
The first step toward getting your contacts is to schedule a contact lens exam with our Long Grove optometrist. In addition to the standard visual acuity testing necessary to check for refractive errors and obtain your corrective lens prescription, our eye doctor must also perform specific measurements to make sure your new contacts fit and work perfectly. A device called a keratometer provides a general idea of your corneal curvature, while corneal topography maps your corneal contours in greater detail. We also measure your pupil and iris. Once your contacts arrive, we can administer several fittings until you're delighted with the final result.
If you are looking for a contact lens provider in Long Grove or a neighboring suburb like: Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Deer Park, Hawthorn Woods, Kildeer, Lake Zurich, Lincolnshire, Mundelein, Palatine, Riverwoods or Vernon Hills, call 847-955-9393 to schedule an exam.
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