Contact Lenses

Eyecare Professionals

Optometrists located in Mandan, Hazen & Washburn, ND

If imperfect vision causes squinting, headaches, or eyestrain, a simple solution is within reach at Eyecare Professionals in Mandan, Hazen, and Washburn, North Dakota. The experienced optometrists offer comprehensive eye exams, vision tests, eyeglasses, and contact lenses to restore your vision and quality of life. Schedule an eye exam at Eyecare Professionals by phone or online today.

Contact Lenses Q & A

What are contact lenses?

Contact lenses are thin devices made of plastic that fit over your eye’s surface to correct imperfect vision. Various types of contact lenses are available to meet your personalized needs. The right choice for you depends on the type of vision problem you have and your preferences.

What happens during an eye exam?

During an eye appointment, your optometrist reviews your medical history and completes an eye exam and vision tests. They also assess eye focus and movement. You look through various lenses to help your eye doctor find a contact lens prescription that yields perfect vision.

What are the different types of contact lenses?

Several different contact lenses help correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or more than one vision problem. After an eye exam, your optometrist lets you know which lens is right for you. They might recommend:

Monovision lenses

Monovision, or single vision lenses, help correct your non-dominant eye for near vision and your dominant eye for distance.

Multifocal lenses

Multifocal lenses are contacts that provide more than one prescription. For example, they might contain a prescription for objects viewed at long or intermediate distances and a different prescription for objects viewed at close distances all in one lens.

Gas-permeable contact lenses

Rigid gas-permeable (RGP) lenses are hard contact lenses made of plastic and other materials. They firmly hold their shape, but allow oxygen to flow through the lens into your eye. Your optometrist might recommend RGP lenses if you have astigmatism or allergies.

Soft contact lenses

Numerous soft contact lenses are available to choose from. They are soft and flexible. With daily wear soft lenses, you wear contacts when you’re awake and take them out when you sleep. 

Some are disposable, which means you wear a new set of contact lenses every day. Extended wear soft contacts are safe to wear while sleeping but must be removed at least once weekly for cleaning.

Toric contact lenses

If you have astigmatism, your optometrist might recommend toric contact lenses to correct your vision. They are available for daily or extended wear.

Colored contact lenses

Cosmetic contact lenses change the look and color of your eyes. Some are simply cosmetic and don’t correct vision. Vision-correcting colored contacts treat vision problems and change the appearance of your eye color. Like traditional contact lenses, cosmetic lenses are available for daily or extended wear.

Which contact lenses are right for me?

The contact lens that’s best for you depends on the type of vision problem you have, how healthy your eyes are, and your preferences. Your eye doctor discusses the pros and cons of each type of lens with you.

Don’t live with poor vision when simple treatment options are available. Schedule an appointment with Eyecare Professionals by phone or online today.