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Contact Lens Health Week will be observed Aug. 22–26, which makes this a good time to learn more about contact lenses and whether they might be right for you.
More than 45 million people in the U.S. wear contact lenses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Contact lenses are an option for many people, including those tired of wearing glasses and not interested in laser refractive surgery, such as LASIK. Several types of contact lenses are available, and the best type for you will depend on your vision problem, lifestyle and budget.
Soft contact lenses are the most commonly prescribed contact lenses. They can be used to correct various vision problems, including:
Rigid gas-permeable lenses also provide clear, crisp vision for people with most vision problems. This type might help if you've tried soft contact lenses and been unsatisfied with the results, or if you have dry eyes. Depending on your vision needs, you also might consider specialized contact lenses, such as hybrid and multifocal contact lenses.
Before getting contact lenses, see your eye care professional for a thorough eye exam and fitting. You might need a follow-up exam after one week, one month and six months, and then once every year or two years.
Eye infections and other injuries related to poor contact lens hygiene can lead to permanent damage to your eyes. No matter the type of contact lens you choose, these guidelines can prevent problems:
Connect with others talking about vision, contact lenses, and supporting one another in the Eye Conditions support group on Mayo Clinic Connect, an online patient community moderated by Mayo Clinic.
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