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Contact Lenses Specialist

Mark Golden, MD, FACS -  - Ophthalmologist

Doctors For Visual Freedom

Mark Golden, MD, FACS

Ophthalmologist located in Streeterville, Chicago, IL

For many, contact lenses offer a degree of freedom and convenience compared to traditional eyeglasses. Ophthalmologist Mark Golden, MD, and the team at Doctors For Visual Freedom are proud to be the eye care team of choice for so many families in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. They have helped many people find the very best contacts for their specific needs. Book your own visit online or by phone today to explore available options.

Contact Lenses Q&A

What are contact lenses?

Contact lenses are thin, curved artificial lenses that fit directly on the surface of your eyes. They work to correct a wide range of vision issues, much the same as traditional eyeglasses. 

Wearing contacts frees you from the need to keep track of where your glasses are. They can also save money and time if you have a habit of losing or breaking your glasses. 

While most contact lenses are worn for the purpose of vision correction, there are also options that change or enhance the color of your eyes. Some options even create special effects, which are becoming popular among wearers of all ages. 

It’s important to note that while you can find contact lenses for sale online, getting your contacts from an eye health professional is the only way to go. Nothing is worth more than healthy vision, and sourcing contacts online leaves you at risk of serious eye health problems if the lenses are poorly made. 

What kinds of contact lenses are available?

Contact lenses are broadly categorized into soft or hard lens types. Not long ago, all contact lenses were hard and made of blown glass. Of course, these lenses were not comfortable to wear and were usually only worn for a few hours at a time. 

Contacts may seem like a new innovation, but the earliest lenses were envisioned by Rene Descartes and Leonardo da Vinci. It wasn’t until the late 19th century that a German ophthalmologist designed contact lenses that were effective and comfortable enough for short-term wear. 

In the years since, innovations in contact lens technology have vastly expanded the available options. Today’s patients can choose hard or rigid contacts that are durable and comfortable. 

Soft contacts are a more recent innovation. These thin, flexible lenses are easy to wear and are extremely comfortable. There are some options that last for a long time before needing to be replaced. You can also choose disposable contact lenses that you throw away after a day of wear. 

Are contact lenses difficult to get used to and care for?

Wearing contact lenses requires a bit of adjustment. Dr. Golden helps you decide which type of contacts are best for you and then shows you how to place them within your eyes.

It’s normal for it to feel strange wearing contacts for a few days. After all, you’re not used to having anything sit directly on the surface of your eyes. It won’t take long, however, for your eyes to adjust to wearing the lenses, and you’ll begin to love the freedom and convenience contacts bring.   

The Doctors for Visual Freedom team also instructs you on how to care for your new contacts. Some options need to be cleaned using a special solution and carefully stored to prevent excess wear or damage. 

If you’re curious about contacts and want to explore this option in greater detail, call the office to set up a visit or use the easy online booking tool.