Answers to your top contact lens questions
Lens.com answers the most common contact lens questions.
LA VEGAS, August 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Contact lenses are a medical device prescribed by an eye care professional. Lens.com answers your top contact lens questions.
Are contact lenses better than glasses?
Many patients swear by their soft contact lenses, while others stick to their glasses. They both have their pros and cons.
Contact lenses have many advantages that make them superior to glasses. They adapt to the curvature of your eye, providing a wider field of vision and causing less obstruction and distortion in your vision. Contact lenses are great for playing sports and exercising because they don’t restrict your body movement. They are generally not affected by weather conditions or fog up in cold weather.
An overlooked benefit of contact lenses is that you can change your eye color. You can ask your ophthalmologist to prescribe colored contact lenses in various colors.
Contact lenses are not a good choice for anyone who cannot maintain the proper hygiene routine to protect their eyes. They are also not a good choice for people who frequently fall asleep while wearing contact lenses or tend to forget about them.
Frames are a great way to show off your personality and style. Glasses are considered an important fashion statement for many. An overlooked benefit of goggles is that they provide protection from wind and dust. Photochromic lenses, sometimes called transition lenses, can adapt to changes in light, protecting your eyes from the sun.
Glasses are best for anyone with extremely dry or sensitive eyes, and they’re often less expensive than contact lenses. You can keep a pair of eyeglass frames for several years and change the prescription as needed.
On the other hand, glasses are not a good choice for people who suffer from frequent headaches, and some frames can put excessive pressure on the face and ears, causing headaches or pain.
Can you wear contact lenses every day?
Contact lenses are safe for everyday use for most wearers and are so safe that infants could wear them. But there are exceptions. Some medications may cause dry eyes or be incompatible with your prescription, for example, some allergy eye drops. Some people prefer to refrain from wearing contact lenses once in a while and may stop wearing them for several days or even weeks. In most cases, this is not necessary. But if you feel any discomfort, you might want to try it out and see if your contacts might be the cause.
If you experience new or worsening eye redness or irritation, it could be a sign of an infection, such as pink eye. If in doubt, it is best to remove your contact lenses and consult a healthcare professional.
Always follow your eye care professional’s recommendations regarding your wearing schedule. If you have any concerns, contact them for their professional advice.
Can you shower with contact lenses in your eyes?
Avoid water when wearing contact lenses and remove them before swimming or showering. Never rinse or store your contacts and water. Water is not a sterile solution and contains tiny germs that can cause infection. If your contact lenses accidentally come into contact with water, dispose of them or disinfect them thoroughly before putting them back in your eye.
Can you sleep with contact lenses in your eyes?
Without a proper prescription, it is dangerous to sleep with contact lenses in your eyes. Some contact lenses are designed to be safely left in your eyes overnight. Ask your eye care professional if you are a good candidate for night contact lenses.
If your eye doctor hasn’t prescribed you to sleep with your contact lenses on at night, you could be risking your eye health. Your cornea needs regular access to oxygen to stay healthy. Oxygen flow is reduced when your eyes are closed, and flow is further reduced when you wear contact lenses. Additionally, not removing your lenses and cleaning them causes a buildup of protein and bacteria, which can increase your risk of infection.
If you accidentally sleep with your contact lenses on, remove them as soon as possible. You may consider giving your eyes a chance to heal by leaving your contacts on for a few days. Be sure to properly clean and store your contact lenses. Or throw them out and start with a new pair.
Can I throw away my glasses if I now have contact lenses?
Even when you have contact lenses that you like, it’s a good idea to keep those glasses on hand. If your eyes are irritated or you have an eye infection, you won’t be able to wear your contact lenses for several days or even weeks to give your eyes time to heal. Glasses are also handy when you are sick at home. No one wants to get up and put in their contact lenses only to turn around a few hours later and take them out again for a nap. The goggles are also handy for camping trips or general travel. You may also want to keep your glasses on for a change of look from time to time.
Why can I feel my contact lenses when I blink?
For new contact lens wearers, you may be more sensitive to your contact lenses. But once you get used to your lenses, you shouldn’t feel them most of the time. But if you can feel your lenses when you blink, or if they seem to move around, that means your lenses are too loose on your eye. See your eye care professional for a reassessment of your contact lens fit.
It is also possible that your eyes are dry. You may want to try moisturizing drops or cleanse.
Another common cause is that your contact lens is upside down. Sometimes it’s quite easy to insert your lens backwards. It takes practice to tell the difference between the right way and the wrong way.
Is it possible to put my contact lenses inside out?
An easy way to tell the difference between the right out and the in is the “taco” test. Take your contact lens between your index finger and your thumb and squeeze them together. If the edges seem to meet or point up to form a taco shape, your contact lens is okay. But if the edges seem to bend or flare out, your lens is upside down.
If your contact lens still doesn’t feel good, there may be a tear or a piece missing from your contact lens. Or maybe some other flaw with the lens. Carefully examine your contact lenses to see if they are damaged. You can also try cleaning them and starting over. When in doubt, start with a new goal.
How long does it take to get used to contact lenses?
For new contact lens wearers, there is an adjustment period to get used to wearing the lenses. It may seem strange to insert and remove your contact lenses, but don’t worry, you’ll get better with time. Having a contact lens on your cornea will also take some getting used to. New wearers generally report that it takes about two weeks of wearing to feel comfortable.
If you think there is a problem with your contact lenses, you should contact your eye care professional for advice. Always follow your doctor’s recommendations.
For more advice and answers to your questions, visit Lens.com. Disclaimer: The contents of these materials are provided for informational and limited use purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Never disregard or delay seeking professional medical advice because of something you read online.
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