Contact Lenses FAQ

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Contact lenses are a safe and popular choice for vision correction. Whether you just found out that you need vision correction or you’ve been wearing glasses for several years, switching to contacts can be an easy, painless choice. Understanding the basics about contacts allows you to consult with your eye care provider and make the choice towards that is best for your lifestyle.

Can I wear contact lenses?

Most people are able to wear contacts safely and comfortably. There are contacts that correct for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and other vision problems. An optometry exam can determine what lenses are appropriate for you.

Are contact lenses safe for my eyes?

Millions of people wear contacts without any difficulties. Following recommendations for inserting, removing, cleaning, storing, and replacing contacts typically keeps your eyes safe and healthy. However, you should talk to your eye doctor if you have specific concerns about contact lens safety.

What is the difference between hard and soft contacts?

Soft lenses are made of plastic combined with water. Soft lenses allow oxygen to pass through the material to your cornea, nourishing and soothing the surface of your eye. Rigid gas permeable contact lenses, sometimes called “hard lenses” are consist of a stiffer, oxygen-permeable material. Individuals with astigmatism or higher-order aberrations often use these.

How often should I change my contacts?

The frequency with which you should dispose of lenses depends on the contact lens type. You can dispose some lenses each night, while other lenses may last several weeks. Talk to your eye doctor and read the instructions on your contact lens package to determine the replacement schedule for your lenses.

Is it possible to lose a contact behind my eye?

No. If you rub your eyes or swim underwater with contacts, it is possible to dislodge your contacts. Usually, you can find them under your upper eyelid and remove them without difficulty.

How long does it take to adjust to wearing contacts?

If you’re not used to wearing contacts, you may notice them or feel slight discomfort for a day or two. As you become accustomed to contacts, you will no longer even notice that they’re there.

There are a lot of variables to consider when choosing contact lenses. Think about your typical routine and consult with your eye care provider to find the perfect contact lenses for your lifestyle.