Can I sleep in my contacts?
Studies have shown that there is increased risk of complications when contact lenses are slept in. One of the worst of these is a bacterial corneal ulcer. These can leave corneal scars and significantly compromised vision. We do not recommend sleeping in your contact lenses.
Are there bifocal contact lenses?
There are many options available today for the presbyope, or the person who needs “readers” or “bifocals”. There are bifocal, multifocal, and mono vision contact lens options. Which option is best for an individual depends on their specific needs. This is carefully evaluated during the fitting process.
Should I wear hard or soft contact lenses?
Most individuals could wear either, but will find that their specific ocular conditions and needs will be served best by one or the other. This is determined during the fitting process.
Can I get a copy of my contact lens Rx?
Yes, please see details under Contact Lens Prescriptions.
Am I too old to wear contact lenses?
There is no upper age limit for wearing contact lenses. The determining factors are ocular health, motivation, and dexterity.
I have allergies, can I still wear contacts?
Allergies are not necessarily a contraindication for wearing contact lenses. However the type, severity, and treatment of allergies will influence wearing schedules, lens types, and solution use.
How old does my child need to be before he/she can wear contacts?
Children need to be responsible enough, on their own, to attend to the details involved in wearing and caring for contact lenses safely.
Can I wear contacts after refractive surgery if necessary?
It is possible to wear contacts after lasik surgery. However, it will probably require a specialty lens designed for the post lasik cornea.
What contacts work best for patients with keratoconus?
Keratoconus is a corneal condition which causes the cornea to become misshapen resulting in progressive thinning of the apex of the cornea. Specially designed hard contact lenses are the traditional contact lens of choice, however new soft lenses for keratoconus are also an option.
If I wear contact lenses, how often should I have my eyes checked?
It is prudent and highly recommended that contact lens wearers have an annual check up. Contacts are foreign bodies and the eyes tolerance for them should be checked annually. This is not a full eye exam with you Ophthalmologist.
What is new with colored contacts?
Colored contacts fall basically into two categories; enhancers and opaques. Enhancers work best for light colored eyes, whereas opaques work best for dark hazel or brown eyes. What’s new is that the color options in both categories–especially opaques–have increased significantly.
Which soft contact lens replacement option is best?
The replacement option that is best for an individual is the one that is the healthiest. That option depends on a variety of factors that are evaluated during the fitting process.
Are there lenses for astigmatism?
Today virtually any amount of astigmatism can be corrected with either soft or rigid contact lenses.