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The Future Of Contact Lenses

Most of us are familiar with the standard function of contact lenses: to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. But recent academic reports present a glimpse into the future of contact lenses, and how they’re going beyond replacing prescription eyeglasses.

Myopia Control

In 2019, the FDA approved the first soft contact lenses designed to slow the progression of myopia (nearsightedness) in children. These innovative contact lenses are multifocal and have been shown to be safe and effective in children as young as 8 years old.

What implications does this have in the eye care world?

Widespread use of contact lenses for myopia management could eventually reduce the number of people with high levels of myopia and, consequently, decrease the amount of myopia-related ocular disease in the future.

From the optometrists’ perspective, innovations like multifocal contact lenses encourage eye doctors to stay on top of emerging technologies and research, and incorporate them into routine eye exams.

Managing Ocular Diseases

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness worldwide, and new contact lens technology that is available in some parts of the world is helping patients manage their condition.

These cutting-edge contacts use microelectronic technology to continuously monitor the wearer’s inner eye pressure — crucial information for glaucoma patients.

Scientists are also currently developing contact lenses that release lubricants onto the surface of the eye to treat dry eye syndrome.

Eye Allergies

You may have experienced the irritation, redness, itchiness and watery eyes that accompany eye allergies. Relief may be found in a new type of contact lens that contains a slow-release drug-delivery system. These contact lenses are available in Japan and Canada, where they have already been approved for use, and have been shown to significantly reduce patients’ eye allergy symptoms for up to 12 hours.

Many of the contact lenses mentioned above are still in their testing phases and aren’t yet available to the public in most countries. However, myopia management contact lenses are widely available in the United States, so speak with your optometrist for more information.

The hope for a clearer and brighter future is strong with these innovative medical devices.

Our optometric team stays up-to-date with emerging research and technologies for optimal patient care. To schedule your eye exam, call Vision MD Eye Doctors in Glenn Dale today!

At Vision MD Eye Doctors, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 301-779-0844 or book an appointment online to see one of our Glenn Dale eye doctors.

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How often do you need an eye exam?

It’s recommended that adults have a comprehensive eye exam every 1-2 years, and annually after the age of 65. If you wear glasses or are at risk of developing any eye conditions, your eye doctor may recommend more frequent exams.

Who is a candidate for myopia management contact lenses?

Nearsighted children aged 8 and up, teens and young adults with mild to moderate myopia are candidates for myopia management. Speak with one of our staff members to determine whether myopia management is right for you or your child.

Sunglasses


Finding the right pair of sunglasses to fit your personal style is often an important part of making your summer outfit picture perfect. But beyond “picture perfect,” a carefully chosen pair of sunglasses can grant you great health advantages and help safeguard your eyes against the elements.

At our optical Vision MD Eye Doctors in Glenn Dale and College Park, MD, we carry fashionable sunglasses, a variety of contacts, eyeglasses, and specialty eyewear.

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Sunglasses Near You in Glenn Dale and College Park, MD

They can be non-prescription clip-ons for your regular prescription eyeglasses, non-prescription glasses to be worn while you wear your contacts or, if you are in the sun or other bright environments regularly, you can have prescription sunglasses made for full-time wear.

To protect your eyes from harmful UV rays with style we carry the most popular European, American and Asian designers. Today an extensive array of materials are available. Choose from colorful plastics, stainless steel, titanium and other premium metals.

Modern details and embellishments include wood temples or inlays, gemstone decorations, split temples and vintage features. Whether you want to express elegance, sophistication, casualness or a bold and creative statement, you’ll find the ideal sunglasses to flatter your appearance in our Glenn Dale office.

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Prescription Sunglasses

These days, sunglasses are not only highly fashionable but remarkably functional for a wide variety of activities. Sport and athletic sunglasses for example provide eye protection, reduced glare and better contrast to improve performance in a range of outdoor conditions. Individuals with prescription eyewear can also benefit from the advantages of these specialty eyewear by purchasing prescription lenses.

Prescription sunglasses are available for virtually all vision prescriptions including those for farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism, as well as bifocal and progressive lenses. Almost any pair of sunglasses can be fit with prescription lenses as long as the shape of the lens doesn’t distort vision (which happens for example with extremely wide wraparound lenses). Therefore if the latest pair of designer sunglasses catches your eye, there should be no problem in fitting a prescription lens to the frame.

You can also get prescription lenses in most lens materials and with most lens coatings, including polarized lenses (for glare protection), tinted lenses, anti-scratch coatings, polycarbonate or Trivex lenses (for extra durability) and more.

Even for those individuals who do wear contact lenses, prescription sunglasses are a fantastic solution when you prefer not to wear your contacts, such as when your eyes feel dry or irritated (during allergy season or in dusty or sandy locations for example), when you are going swimming (it’s advised not to wear contact lenses swimming in any body of water due to risk of infection) or when you just don’t want to deal with the hassle of contacts. Prescription sunglasses give you yet another option for comfort, safety and great vision.

Photochromic Lenses

Photochromic lenses are another alternative for the prescription eyeglass wearer. These lenses darken in response to sunlight turning your regular prescription eyewear into prescription sunglasses. Photochromic lenses are a convenient solution for glasses wearers who find it a hassle to carry around two pairs of glasses. No matter what shape or style, you can protect your eyes and spruce up your outdoor look or your sports performance with a pair of prescription sunglasses.

Polarized sunglasses

For reduced glare and increased clarity in your vision, a pair of polarized sunglasses can’t be beat. An invisible filter is built into your lenses—making images appear sharper and clearer while reducing the intensity of the sun’s glare. Make sure your polarized sunglasses block 100% UV, and remember that polarized sunglasses are available with or without a prescription.

It’s always handy to have a second pair of eyeglasses—why not choose a second pair that makes a real difference in the comfort and clarity of vision while doing the things you love most!

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