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Are you considering making the switch from eyeglasses to contact lenses, but still have questions on your mind? We’ve answered a few of the most common questions below.
Do I need a contact lens exam?
Yes. Contact lenses can cause discomfort and even damage the overall health of your eyes if they are not properly fitted. Contact lens exams ensure that your lens prescription correctly fits your eyes and your vision needs. Even seasoned contact lens wearers should have annual exams to make sure that their eyes show no signs of ill effects from the lenses.
Don’t use an eyeglass prescription in place of a contact lens prescription. An eyeglass prescription differs from a contact lens prescription because it doesn’t include the diameter and base curve components necessary for a well-fitting lens. Whether you are an experienced or first time contact lens wearer, schedule a contact lens exam with your eye doctor to evaluate your personal vision needs.
Are contact lenses difficult to take care of?
Technological advances have made wearing and caring for contact lenses convenient and easier than ever. New multipurpose solutions make quick work of disinfecting, cleaning and storing them. The most convenient option is daily disposables because you just wear them once and then throw them away - no cleaning and no storage required.
Can I wear contact lenses for sports?
Certainly. Contact lenses give players crisp, clear vision, and you won't have to bother with lenses fogging up, getting damaged or falling off, as glasses might. In addition, there is no loss of peripheral (side) vision, also an issue with glasses. Finally, contact lenses are easier and more comfortable to wear with protective goggles. For water sports, such as swimming, please consult with your eye doctor about wearing contact lenses.*
*Exposing contact lenses to water may increase the risk of eye infection from microorganisms.
Can I sleep in my contact lenses?
It depends. Certain contact lenses can be worn as you sleep. However, the risk of eye problems increases with overnight wear. Your eye doctor is the only one that can determine if overnight wear is the right option for you. If so, he/she can offer you information on proper overnight use and replacement schedules.
My doctor told me that I have astigmatism. Are there contact lenses for me?
Yes. In the past, astigmatism was sometimes a barrier to wearing contacts, but with technology advances, people with astigmatism are able to enjoy all the benefits and the freedom of contact lenses.
What are the advantages of daily disposable contact lenses?
Daily disposable lenses are worn just one time and then discarded; as a result, most doctors agree that they are the healthiest option for contact lens wearers. In addition, clinical research shows that changing contact lenses daily may improve comfort for people suffering from mild discomfort and/or itching associated with allergies, compared to lenses replaced at intervals of greater than two weeks.
Finally, daily disposables offer the convenience and ease of not having to use contact lens cases or solution.