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Q&A With Our Optometrist’s On Contact Lenses

Q: Who can wear contact lenses and at what age can you start?

A: Most people can wear contact lenses especially with the new innovations in designs and materials.

Q: Are glasses better for my eyes than contact lenses?

A: Glasses and contacts are equally important for correcting eyesight. Many people enjoy the freedom from having a frame on their faces while wearing contacts. Yet, it is always important to have an updated pair of glasses to wear in the morning and at night and in the event of an eye infection.

Q: Is wearing contacts better for sports activity?

A: Wearing contact lenses is generally preferred for sports. Peripheral vision is less obstructed and the athlete does not have to worry about the frame coming off their face when they are wearing contacts. It is easier to wear contacts under a helmet.

Q: Should I see an optometrist or an ophthalmologist for my first pair of contacts?

A: We considered ourselves to be an authority in the fitting of contact lenses. Our doctors have won numerous awards for their studies in contacts and acted as clinical investigators for many types of contact lenses.

Q: About five years ago, I was told I was not a good candidate for contacts. I have odd shaped eyes. Are there new options available today?

A: Many odd shaped eyes can now be fit with contact lenses. We have our own topographer which maps the front surface of the eye and provides data for computer assisted individualized fits. After we take some measurements, we will discuss with you all the possibilities for contact lens wear.

Q: Do you carry contacts that can change my eye color?

A: We do have FDA approved contacts that can change your eye color. When you come in, we can show you the complete range of colors.

Q: Can I sleep with my contacts? How often should I be changing them?

A: We never recommend sleeping in contact lenses because the risk of eye infection increases greatly. As a matter of fact, we prefer lenses that you wear and throw away after each use. These daily disposable lenses do not need to be disinfected and decrease the incidence of contact lens related eye problems.

Q: I am worried about putting my finger in my eye. How does someone get used to this?

A: Almost everyone is nervous the first few times they try inserting and removing contact lenses. That is why we have a dedicated technician that will guide you through the process. With 25 years of experience, we have learned many helpful tricks for making the process easier.

Q: I had an eye exam about 8 months ago. Do I need a separate exam in order to get contacts?

A: If it has been more than six months since your last eye exam, we require another full exam at the time of your contact lens fitting. We do this to have the best success at finding the best lenses for your eyes.

Q: Can I swim with contacts in?

A: You should never swim in contact lenses. As a matter of fact, your contacts should never come in contact with any water – even from your shower. There are “bugs” that even survive chlorinated and treated water that can cause blindness.