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Contact lenses are used for a variety of corrective and cosmetic purposes. Understanding the uses for different types of contacts will help you to locate the perfect pair for anything from correcting your vision to accessorizing your Halloween costume. Below are eight terms to be familiar with when purchasing contact lenses.

  • Prescription Contacts – Contacts prescribed by an eye care professional to correct impaired vision. Prescription contacts are prescribed to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, or both, as well as, astigmatism.
  • Disposable Contacts – Contacts designed to be worn and disposed of on a daily basis. Disposable contacts do not have to be cleaned and are useful for infrequent contact lens users.
  • Extended Wear Contacts – Lenses designed to be worn continuously for a week to a month before being replaced.
  • Soft Contacts – Lenses made of flexible materials, designed for comfort. Soft contacts can be worn for longer periods of time than traditional rigid contacts, including overnight wear.
  • Rigid Contacts – Lenses made of firm materials, for example, Plexiglas. Rigid or hard contact lenses are useful for correcting astigmatism or for individuals with very poor vision, who need strong correction.
  • Circle Contacts – A type of cosmetic contact lens that covers part of the white of the eye with color, enlarging the appearance of the iris. Circle contacts give the eyes a large, cartoon-like appearance and are very popular in Korea and Japan.
  • Colored Contacts – Cosmetic contacts that cover the iris and change or enhance the color.
  • Costume Contacts – A type of cosmetic contact used for theatrical purposes or as a Halloween accessory. Costume contacts change appearance of the shape and color of the iris.
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    Our association is dedicated to the public education, advancement, and innovation of contact lenses. Working with patients and optometrists allows us to gain valuable insights to further the industry.
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    Happy Valley Optical
    208 S Allen St, State College, PA 16801
    We are a full service optical provider featuring Bob Nace, Optician and Robin M. Dutt, Optometrist for all of your eye care needs.
    (814) 238-7281
    David W Fox OD
    127 Main St, Wellsboro, PA 16901
    (570) 724-4756
    Strohecker Vision Care
    209 W Main St, Elkland, PA 16920
    (814) 258-5314
    Strohecker Vision Care
    8 S Main St, Mansfield, PA 16933
    (570) 662-3891
    Price Eyewear
    214 N Vesper St, Lock Haven, PA 17745
    (570) 748-6893
    Schmitt James L
    710 Allegheny St, Jersey Shore, PA 17740
    (570) 398-2440
    Optical Options
    4194 Bolivar Rd, Wellsville, NY 14895
    (585) 593-2569
    Council Optometric Center
    178 N Main St, Wellsville, NY 14895
    (585) 593-6369
    Price Optical
    567 E 3rd St, Williamsport, PA 17701
    (570) 323-8000
    Council Optometric Center
    55 Center St, Hornell, NY 14843
    (607) 324-7710
    David P Dozack DR
    470 W Water St, Elmira, NY 14905
    (607) 734-1679
    James L Schmitt Optometrist
    2214 State Route 405, Muncy, PA 17756
    (570) 546-6129
    Grand Spectacle The
    110 S Main St, Horseheads, NY 14845
    (607) 732-7500
    Arnold Brent D
    2751 Westinghouse Rd, Horseheads, NY 14845
    (607) 739-1784
    Council Optometric Center
    168 N Union St, Olean, NY 14760
    (716) 372-9464

    Contact lenses serve two main purposes: to improve vision and to change eye color. People with an astigmatism, farsightedness, nearsightedness, or just poor vision usually require glasses or contact lenses in order to see better. Contacts not only improve sight, they can also change a person's eye color for aesthetic purposes. Most contact lenses are soft, although some are hard. Some contacts act as bifocals, and some are disposable. Because they are easily put in and aren't too cumbersome, they are often a preferred alternative to glasses. However, glasses are necessary in some conditions, and some people find contact lenses difficult to insert. Contact lenses are thin glass or plastic circular lenses placed on the cornea of the eye. An optometrist or ophthalmologist can fit patients for both contacts and glasses. They can write prescriptions to be filled on site, off site, or online. There are many types of contacts to choose from, depending on the vision problem, such as oxygen permeable lenses, multifocal, or soft torics, which correct astigmatism. Prices can range from cheap to expensive, depending on brand and quantity ordered. Some are cosmetic, changing eye color from brown to blue or hazel to green. Others are daily, weekly, or monthly wear contacts. They should be comfortable in the eye. It's important to order the correct type of lenses for your needs. Many contact lens providers offer regular sales and discounts, plus insurance often covers all, most, or some of the cost. Patients can order contacts from online suppliers or buy them through their eye doctor's office. If ordering online, a current and valid vision prescription is needed. Usually, the more you buy, the less the overall cost is.
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