Common Questions About Contact Lenses

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Contact lenses can give you clear sight without the restriction and inconvenience associated with glasses. About 30 million people choose contact lenses as their primary vision correction device. They’re convenient, inexpensive, and easy to use, which makes them an ideal solution for many people with impaired or less-than-perfect vision.

Before you consider using contacts for the first time, speak with an optometrist who can help decide if they’re right for you. Here are answers to some common questions about contact lenses:

Q. How long will it take to adjust to contacts?

A. That depends. People who wear soft lenses may adjust in a couple of days. Rigid gas permeable or RGP contacts might take a bit longer to get used to, but it usually takes less than two weeks. In either case, your eyes will adapt to the lenses.


Q. What kinds of lenses are there?

A. There are several types of contact lenses. The three most common are soft reusable, disposable, and RGP. Other specialty lenses include bifocals, colored, theatrical, toric, and UV-blocking.


Q. Are contact lenses difficult to care for?

A. Again, this depends. Daily disposable lenses can be thrown away after you wear them and require little to no maintenance. Soft reusable lenses are usually worn all day and cleaned each evening. Depending on the type of reusable lens, they must be replaced at least once a month to every six months. On the other hand, RGP lenses last several years and require daily maintenance similar to that of soft reusable lenses.


Q. Can my lens get lost in my eye?

A. No. This is a common fear, but there’s no reason to worry. At the worst, your lens may slide off the center of your eye if you rub it too hard. However, it can be easily re-centered, or it will re-adjust itself. If you have trouble removing your lenses, an eye care professional can offer assistance.


Q. Which type of lens is right for me?

A. That depends on your needs and situation. RGP lenses are often recommended for people with astigmatism, while children enjoy the convenience of disposables. During your visit, we’ll help you determine which is right for you.


Q. Is there a difference between daily and extended-wear lenses?

A. Yes. Extended-wear contacts are designed to allow more oxygen to pass through, improving eye health.


If you have additional questions or need more information about contact lenses, talk to your optometrist or eye care professional.