There is no age limit as such to start wearing contact lenses, it is more about being able to take on the responsibility of looking after them. Most people can start wearing contact lenses in their early teens, and some at a younger age. Speaking to your parents and consulting an optician can help you figure out whether contact lenses are right for you.
No. It’s physically impossible for a contact lens to get lost behind your eye. There is a membrane covering your eye that connects to the inside of your eyelids, so the lens cannot be lost behind the eye.
Contact lenses cannot get stuck to your eye if you follow your optician’s advice about wear, care and removal. Mastering taking off your lenses just takes a little patience and practice. Remember to remove your lenses before sleep, and if they feel dry try some rewetting drops before removing them. Find out about putting lenses on and taking them off
Properly fitted contact lenses should stay in place. In the rare event that a lens moves out of place, blinking a few times should move it back into position. Alternatively, you can gently massage your eyelid to help do this, or wash your hands and move the lens back in place with your finger.
Contact lens related problems can occur, however this is very unlikely. Most common eye-health issues are related to poorly fitting lenses or not following your opticians care and wear schedule. If you experience any unusual eye discomfort or changes to your vision while wearing your contact lenses, remove them immediately and call your optician.
Most modern, soft contact lenses are made from breathable materials. Unless your optician has instructed you otherwise, you should be able to wear your contact lenses every day. Check with your optician about your daily wearing schedule.
As long as you keep to the replacement schedule and cleaning instructions that your optician provides you with, and go back for regular check-ups, then contact lenses are a healthy vision correction option.
An optician will examine your eyes to determine your prescription and fit you with the contact lens that is right for your eye shape, vision correction and lifestyle needs. You also need regular check-ups, as your vision and eye health may change over time.
Yes. A prescription for contact lenses requires different information than a glasses prescription. A contact lens prescription will also include the lens type, replacement schedule and base curve, which is used to match the curvature of the lens to your eye, and the diameter, which is used to fit the width of the lens to your eye.
Start by scheduling a contact lens appointment with an optician. Your first contact lens fitting will take a little longer than a regular eye examination, so make sure you specify that you are interested in contact lenses. You will often need to go back about a week later for a second appointment to confirm your prescription, so ask about scheduling any follow up appointments when you first call in. You can find an optician near you that fits and sells ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses here.
Not difficult, just a matter of practice! This will also depend on the type of contact lens; daily disposable lenses are simply discarded at the end of the day while reusable lenses are cleaned and put into disinfecting solution overnight. Your optician will give you advice about how to use and care for your contact lenses.
Of course, a lot of people alternate between glasses and contact lenses depending on what they’re doing or how they feel. You will still need to keep a pair of glasses as back up, but the majority of people can wear contact lenses every day.
With proper care, the risk of eye infections is minimal. Infections are most often related to poor cleaning routines or other lens care related issues, so it is important that you follow your optician’s wear and care advice.
The main difference is how often you replace the lenses for a new pair. Daily disposable contact lenses are used for one day and then thrown away, so they don’t involve the use of contact lens solutions. You will start with a new pair every time you put on your contact lenses. Reusable contact lenses for daily wear require cleaning after you take them out, and are normally left to soak overnight in contact lens disinfecting solution The lenses are replaced with a new pair according to your optician’s instructions, usually every two weeks or every month.
Toric is the name for the design of contact lenses needed to correct astigmatism. A toric lens has a different focusing power horizontally than it does vertically, enabling it to correct astigmatism. Astigmatism is a common condition that can result in blurred or distorted vision at all distances. It can affect people at any age and often people with astigmatism are short-sighted or long-sighted too. Astigmatism occurs when the surface of the eye (cornea) or the lens behind it is not a round shape, but oval like a rugby ball. This distorts the light entering the eye which does not focus correctly on the retina, and as a result the image is blurred.
In general, bifocal contact lenses are designed with only two zones of vision - near and far. Multifocal contact lenses are designed with more than two zones of vision, helping you see more seamlessly near, far and in-between.
Yes. ACUVUE® offers contact lenses that are specifically designed for people with astigmatism. You can wear daily disposable lenses such as 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST for ASTIGMATISM or ACUVUE OASYS® 1-Day for ASTIGMATISM, or reusable daily wear lenses such as ACUVUE OASYS® for ASTIGMATISM (2-weekly replacement). Your optician can help you decide which of these products is the best one for you.
Airborne allergens including pollen and dust can build up on your lenses and cause discomfort. Always follow your optician’s wear and care advice, and opt for contact lenses designed for eyes with sensitivities such as 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST.
If you need vision correction to drive, you are likely to need vision correction to see into the distance all the time. Lenses also give you unobstructed all-round vision ideal for driving. With contact lenses, you can benefit from clear, crisp vision without needing to put on your glasses.
Contact lenses can be surprisingly affordable, and costs depend on type of lens, replacement schedule and how often you wear them. Replacing a lost contact lens can be cheap and easy compared to replacing lost or damaged prescription glasses. However please note you will still need a pair of glasses as back up