5 Simple Facts the Triangle Needs to Know about Contact Lenses

Contact lenses continue to be one of the most popular vision choices for many Triangle residents. Yet there are important facts about contact lenses that patients should understand when they are choosing between eyeglasses and contacts. Raleigh and Durham patients know an annual eye exam with Dr. Beth R. Friedland at Park Ophthalmology will determine the degree of correction a patient needs, but patients are encouraged to explore their personal options with both glasses and contacts. Many people have discovered that they prefer both the physical appearance of contacts and the ability to leave eyeglasses behind.

Park Ophthalmology patients considering contacts should understand these five simple facts:

  • Correction: Both glasses and contacts can provide proper visual correction for most patients. Because contacts sit directly on the eyes, they provide improved peripheral vision, something not available with glasses. Advances in contact lens design also mean that many new products are available. Even those who need bifocals or who have astigmatism have the option of wearing contacts.
  • Comfort: Some Triangle patients are reluctant to try contacts because they’ve heard they are uncomfortable. Our Park Ophthalmology patients find that it takes only a short time to adjust, and soon forget they’re wearing contacts.
  • Exceptions: The American Academic of Ophthalmology provides some important guidelines about contact lens use. Contacts are not recommended for those who have frequent eye infections, severe allergies or dry eye that is resistant to treatment. Also, those who work in very dusty environments should avoid wearing contacts.
  • Care: When not properly cleaned and cared for, contacts can lead to eye infections. Lens users should always follow their doctor’s instructions about how to clean and store contacts. Contacts can warp with use, so it’s important to change them as instructed.
  • Cost: In some situations, it will be less expensive to order a pair of glasses than to keep refilling a contact prescription. Just as with eyeglasses, there is a wide range in cost for contacts, depending on the type required. Patients can expect to spend more for contacts than eyeglasses, but the choice belongs to the patient. Do what is best. 

Considering switching from glasses to contacts? Schedule an appointment at Park Ophthalmology today to discover all the options. We are the home for eye care in the Triangle.


Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and Park Ophthalmology laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.


The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.


Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829


Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

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