Common Contact Lenses Questions
Do I need a contacts prescription if I have glasses?
If you want to get contacts and you already have a glasses prescription, you’ll still need a new exam to get contact-specific measurements. Your contact lenses have a completely different prescription than your glasses. Because contacts sit directly against your eyes, the prescription isn’t usually as strong as that for glasses.
Am I a good candidate for contact lenses?
If you need vision correction but you’re tired of wearing glasses, contact lenses might be a good option for you. Many contact lens wearers choose contacts for both aesthetic reasons and enhanced vision. Contacts can give you much better peripheral vision than ordinary eyeglasses.
You need overall good eye health to wear contact lenses comfortably. If you suffer from an issue like corneal scarring, you might need treatment to remove or reduce the scarring before getting contact lenses.
How long can I wear my contacts before replacing them?
It depends on the option you choose. There are daily, weekly, biweekly, and monthly disposable lenses. Extended wear contacts, which last for longer periods but require regular cleaning, are also available. Even if lenses are marketed as extended wear, your ophthalmologist will probably recommend against sleeping in them.
It’s very important to wear your contacts for only the period directed by your ophthalmologist. Always wash your hands before handling your contacts, and remove them immediately if you experience eye irritation or pain.
What type of vision problems can contacts correct?
Contacts can correct nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. If you suffer from age-related diminished focusing ability, known as presbyopia, in addition to myopia or hyperopia, you can get multifocal contact lenses to correct all of the issues at one time.
When is a child old enough for contact lenses?
It varies by child, but many kids are ready for contacts as early as age 10-12. Discuss your child’s abilities and maturity level with your Cohen Laser & Vision Center ophthalmologist to get personalized recommendations for the ideal age to start.
Contact lenses can effortlessly bring the world around you into clear view. Book your contact lenses exam at Cohen Laser & Vision Center online or by phone today.
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