NOT ALL CONTACT LENSES ARE CREATED EQUAL
In a contact lens, we expect comfort and clear vision. Our doctors are experts at selecting and fitting the most technologically advanced contact lenses to meet your needs. Whether you wear a monthly single vision lens or a daily multifocal lens with astigmatism, we prescribe a wide variety of lenses to
help you find your perfect fit.
help you find your perfect fit.
Contact Lens FAQ
WHAT IS PROPER contact lens hygiene?
In order to prevent eye infections, it is important that you clean and store your contact lenses properly. Always wash your hands thoroughly with soup and water before touching your eyes or contact lenses. Never use water or saliva to rinse your lenses or contact case. To clean your lenses, use an approved contact lens solution (Biotrue, Optifree, Blink, etc.) while rubbing the lenses gently against your palm with your finger tip. After cleansing, store your lenses in solution in a clean contact lens case. Remember to change the soaking solution daily, even if you will not be wearing your lenses. For monthly wearers, we recommend that you also use a hydrogen peroxide deep cleansing solution (Clear Care, PeroxiClear, etc.) weekly. If using these types of solutions, carefully follow the instructions and ensure that the solution never comes into contact with your eye. Clean your contact lens case regularly using contact lens solution and change your case every three months.
Can I wear my lenses Longer than a day, two weeks, monthly, etc. ?
Contact lenses should NEVER be worn longer than the time designated by the manufacturer. This time frame has been specifically designed for each specific type of contact lens and is the amount of time the lenses are guaranteed to remain sterile and safe for the eye. Wearing lenses longer than intended can lead to all sorts of nasty infections or injuries which can threaten your vision, so it is best to change your lenses according to your prescribed schedule. Remember that the wearing schedule of your contacts begin once you remove the lens from its sterile packaging. For example, a bi-weekly will expire 14 days from opening the lens, not after 14 days of wear.
CAN I SLEEP IN MY CONTACT LENSES?
You should NEVER sleep in contact lenses. Although contact lenses are amazing and innovative devices, they are ultimately pieces of plastic. Normally, your cornea receives plenty of oxygen from the environment. When you place a contact lens over your eye, you reduce the oxygen transmission to your eye because it is being covered. Now combining that plastic covering with closed eyes (i.e sleeping), you are severely restricting the amount of oxygen being delivered to your cornea, which is dangerous. Sleeping in contacts can increase your risk of eye infections, corneal ulcers, keratitis, etc. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the risk for ulcerative keratitis increases 6.5 times when you sleep in your contacts occasionally. The maximum amount of time you should wear your contacts is 10 hours per day. Remember the mantra: "If you abuse it, you will lose it" and in this case you could be losing your vision.
But the Manufacturer says that I can Sleep in My Contacts!
Although some lenses have been approved by the FDA for "extended-wear" or sleeping, it does not mean that you should do it. Think of it this way: Your car can reach speeds of over 100 miles per hour, but that does not mean that you should do it. There are no reasons why you need to wear your contacts while sleeping, so avoid the risks and don't do it.
why Do my contacts feel super dry and difficult to remove?
Dried out contact lenses are usually a sign that you are wearing your contacts too much. Overusing contacts leads to dry eye syndrome, meaning that your eyes are struggling to lubricate themselves. You should take a break from your contacts for a few days and use plenty of eye drops to help your eyes recover. Never attempt to remove a dry contact from your eye because you can cause injury to your cornea. Flushing the contact with eye drops or contact lens solution will moisten the contact and cause it to lift free. If the problem persists, see an optometrist. You may be suffering from severe dry eye syndrome and may need to switch your contact lens.
I have never worn Contacts Before. How Do I make the switch?
In order to wear contact lenses, you need a prescription from an eye doctor. Schedule an eye exam and let us know that your are interested in contact lenses. Your doctor will take the appropriate measurements and prescribe a trial lens for you. After the eye exam, you will need to complete a contact lens class. Our classes are taught by experienced opticians who will show you how to properly put in and remove contact lenses. After passing the class, you will try your new lenses our for a week and come back for a follow up visit with your doctor. At this time, he or she will confirm the prescription and fit and determine whether any adjustments need to be made. After this point you will be eligible to order contact lenses.
can someone else teach me how to wear contacts?
Unfortunately we do not allow parents, friends, or other relatives to teach a patient's contact class. This is for safety purposes and we will not allow you to leave our office with contact lenses until you have passed a class taught by one of our opticians.
How Often do I need an Eye exam as a contact lens wearer?
Contact lens prescriptions are only valid for one year. After your prescription has expired, you will need to see an eye doctor again before you can order more contact lenses.
Why Do I need an Eye exam when my prescription hasn't changed?
Contact lens prescriptions are different from eyeglass prescriptions. Although you may feel that your vision hasn't changed there are many other factors that contribute to your contact lens prescription including eye measurements and tear film production. For your safety, it is necessary to see an eye doctor every year to confirm that your eye health is not suffering due to wearing contacts and that your current lenses are still the best fit for your eyes.
What about colored contacts or Costume Contacts?
In the United States, colored contacts and costume contacts are still considered medical devices and still require a prescription from a doctor. There is no such thing as "one size fits all" with contact lenses. Any store or website selling contacts without obtaining a prescription is doing so illegally. Again, this is for your safety to ensure that your eyes will not be injured while wearing these lenses. Simply contact our office if you are interested in these lenses and your doctor can determine the best fit for you. If you are a new patient, you will have to complete an eye exam before the doctor can prescribe you a colored or costume contact.
What Age do You recommend to start wearing contacts?
Wearing contacts requires a great deal of care and proper hygiene. As a parent or guardian, if you feel your child can handle the responsibility associated with wearing contact lenses, speak to your eye doctor at your child's next appointment to determine if contact lenses are a good option.
See an eye doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.
It is important to listen to your eyes when wearing contacts. Remove your contacts and contact us immediately if you are experiencing:
- Extreme Dryness
- Extreme Redness
- Light sensitivity
- Vision Loss