There are many reasons that people choose to wear contact lenses. The most common are for cosmetic, functional, or optical reasons. When compared to glasses, contact lenses typically provide better peripheral vision and do not collect moisture from rain, condensation, or sweat. This makes contact lens wear ideal for sports and other outdoor activities. Contact lens wear also allows for sunglasses, goggles, and other eyewear to be worn without prescription lenses. Some conditions, like keratoconus and aniseikonia, necessitate contact lens wear due to the better visual success they provide.
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Contact Lens FAQ
Yes! There are two different options that can help correct your vision if you are in need of bifocals or reading glasses. The first is with a “multifocal” contact lens. Multifocal contact lenses are designed to give each eye vision both in the distance and up close. The second option is “monovision”. This is when the dominant eye is focused for the distance and the non-dominant eye is focused for reading. This option may sound funny but works very well for some people. Depending on your own prescription, one or both of these options might be a good choice.
The answer to this question is really on a case-by-case basis. The two most important things in fitting children are responsibility and motivation. They must be able to show enough responsibility to take care of their contact lenses, and they must be motivated to wear them. Without motivation, they will not go through the trials of insertion and removal training. On average, this seems to be around 12 years old.
Yes! A special kind of contact lens called “toric” contact lens corrects for astigmatism.
Contact lenses today are either classified as “daily wear” or “extended wear”. Daily wear (DW) contact lenses are removed each night before going to bed. Wearing contact lenses designed for DW overnight increases the risk of a corneal infection, corneal ulcer, or corneal neovascularization due to the lack of oxygen permeability of the DW contact lenses. Extended wear (EW) contact lenses are designed for continuous overnight wear. Most EW contact lenses are approved for up to 6 consecutive nights. However, with the improvement of lens materials and the invention of silicone hydrogel lenses some contact lenses are now approved for up to 30 consecutive nights. These EW contact lenses are approved for overnight wear due to the great oxygen permeability they provide.
Day or Daily Disposable Lens Replacement
These contact lenses are discarded after using for one day. These lenses can be made thinner and lighter since they do not have to stand up to the wear and tear of repeated use, often resulting in improved comfort. Contact lenses replaced more frequently are ideal for those that are prone to ocular allergies or eye infections due to decreasing the amount of lens deposit buildup. They are also ideal for those that wear contact lenses infrequently.
2 Week or 1 Month Lens Replacement
These are the most common replacement schedules and vary by brand. The replacement schedule is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration for each brand of contact lens.
Conventional Lens Replacement
These lenses are replaced either quarterly or yearly and can include rigid gas permeable lenses or specialty soft contact lenses.
The following conditions can be corrected with contact lens wear
- Hyperopia (farsightedness)
- Myopia (nearsightedness)
* Nearsight prescription different than prescription needed for distance
- Air Optix
- Air Optix Comfort Dailies
- Air Optix Multifocal
- Air Optix Night & Day
- Dailies Total
- PureVision 2
- PureVision for Astigmatism
- PureVision for Presbyopia
- Acuvue Oasys
- Acuvue 2
- Acuvue Moist 1 Day
- Biofinity Multifocal
- Biomedic 55
- Proclear Dailies