Contact Lenses Specialist

Gerald J. Mullan, MD -  - Ophthalmologist

Gerald J. Mullan, MD

Ophthalmologist located in Rochester Hills, MI & Hazel Park, MI

For people with healthy eyes who need vision correction, contact lenses can correct nearly all the same problems as glasses, while providing more natural vision and fitting into your active lifestyle. Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Gerald J. Mullan performs eye exams and fittings for people who are interested in contacts or who have made contact lenses part of their vision care routine. To find out if contacts are right for you or to get an updated prescription, call the practice offices in Rochester Hills or Hazel Park, Michigan, or make your appointment online today.

Contact Lenses Q & A

What are the advantages of contact lenses over glasses?

Contact lenses provide clearer, more natural vision than glasses. They provide something closer to naturally having 20/20 vision.

Contacts sit directly on your eyes and move wherever your eyes move, so you have a wider field of vision. If you’ve worn glasses, you may have noticed while wearing glasses that things in your peripheral (side) vision are blurry, because they’re outside the view of your glasses, or that your frames partly obstruct your vision. Glasses are also susceptible to weather like rain and fog.  

Wearing glasses also means you have plenty of moments in life when you have to worry about them breaking, falling off, or getting in the way. Contacts are a favorite of people who play sports.

Also, though it’s a matter of personal preference, you may simply prefer the way you look without glasses. That’s a perfectly valid reason to choose contact lenses.

What types of contact lenses are there?

The most popular kinds of contact lenses are soft contact lenses, which are made of soft, flexible plastic and easily fit to your eye. They can correct many of the same problems as glasses, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism (blurred vision).

Soft contact lenses are further categorized based on how long you wear each pair. You may have daily contacts, which you take out and clean at night, and usually replace once every two weeks to a month, and daily disposables, which you simply throw out at night. There are also extended-wear contacts that you can wear at night and take out once a week to clean.

Hard contact lenses are more durable but often less comfortable than contact lenses. Some people with astigmatism or eye allergies find them more effective and easier to wear than soft contacts.

Contact lenses have evolved to correct more complex refractive problems. For example, bifocal and trifocal contacts can help if you have nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia (age-related loss of focus).

How do I keep my eyes healthy while I use contact lenses?

Though you may be concerned about discomfort and infection when you use contact lenses, most complications are preventable by following good habits. These habits include:

  • Always washing your hands before handling your contacts
  • Taking out your contacts before you go to sleep, including extended wear contacts when possible
  • Only use solution that’s designed for your type of contacts, never reuse solution and pay attention to expiration dates
  • Regularly clean your contact lens case and replace it every 3-6 months
  • Replace your contacts on the manufacturer’s recommended schedule

To learn more about contact lenses and schedule a fitting or an eye exam, call or use the online booking tool today.