Are contacts OK for my eyes ?
Contact lenses have proven to be a healthy vision option for millions of people. But only your eye care professional can determine if they are right for you. If you follow all prescribed steps for inserting, removing, and caring for them, contact lenses will continue to be safe & effective. You also need to see your eye care professional regularly to ensure long-term corneal health.
Can I wear contact lenses while playing sports ?
Sports vision doctors agree that contact lenses are the best vision correction option for athletes. They can enhance visual skills like depth perception, peripheral awareness, and eye-hand/eye-foot coordination. Unlike glasses, contacts offer athletes a competitive advantage because they stay in place under dynamic conditions, provide a wider vision field, and eliminate the risk of glasses-related injuries. Contact lenses also make it easy to wear protective goggles.
Aren't soft contact lenses the newest and best technology ?
No. When they were first available in 1971, soft contact lenses were a giant leap in technology and comfort over old-style hard contact lenses. New, recently developed materials and designs make them a state-of-the-art option for contact lens wearers, offering sharper vision, better corneal health, longer lens life, and greater ease of care than most soft contacts.
Are Contacts hard to take care of ?
It differs from lens to lens: Contact lens, which last for years, need daily cleaning and disinfecting, but their slick surface resists deposit buildup. Daily disposable soft lenses are worn once, then discarded, with no maintenance required. Other disposable soft lenses are usually cleaned at the end of the day, then soaked in disinfecting solution until they're worn again, and may be replaced weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. Soft lenses that are replaced quarterly or annually might require weekly enzyming in additional to daily care.
Can I use tap water with my contact lenses ?
No. It's recommends that contact lenses not be exposed to any form of water. Acanthamoeba, an organism present in tap water and other forms of impure water, can become attached to a lens and cause a sight-threatening infection.
How often do Contact lenses need to be replaced ?
Contact lenses last an average of two years before needing replacement. This depends upon several factors including the lens material, how dry your eyes are, and how well you care for and clean your lenses. Some lens materials require annual replacement, and some people with dry eyes replace their eye lens annually. Other wearers may find that they are wearing the same lenses for several years.
Can I sleep in my contact lenses ?
Ask your doctor. It depends on the type of lens you're wearing, the composition of your tear film, your general eye health, and other factors. Most of the contact lenses and certain soft lenses can be slept in, but never wear them while sleeping unless your eye care practitioner says you can.
How long does it take for contact lenses to feel comfortable ?
It often takes one to two weeks for total comfort to be achieved. Lenses which are smaller than soft lenses and they move more on the eye when you blink. The awareness that you experience will lessen as your lids adapt to moving over the lens edge as you blink. Larger diameter "scleral" eye lenses are now available that are as large as, or slightly larger than, soft lenses. The initial comfort of a scleral lens is similar to a soft lens and although historically these lenses have been reserved for irregular corneas, they are becoming more popular for healthy eyes, notably in designs for presbyopia and astigmatism.
I'm nervous about putting something in my eye. Can you help ?
This is a common and natural concern, more often experienced by males, since females are accustomed to touching the eyelids when applying makeup. It helps to first get used to touching your eyes without applying a lens. One very successful technique is to place a warm (not hot) drop of water on your index finger and bring it up to the eye and actually touch your eye. The water has a numbing effect such that you may not even feel your finger against your eye. Your eye care professional may also decide to use a numbing drop immediately prior to applying contact lenses for the first time. It's easier than you think to get used to lens application. If fact, often when people get used to inserting and removing lenses, they question why they did not make the commitment to contact lenses sooner.