Tips & Advice
Will sleeping with contact lenses on damage the eye?
In theory, sleeping with your contacts in is generally fine, provided they are designed for this. Most lenses are meant to be in the eyes continuously for days at a time, making nighttime wear perfectly fine. However, it is always better if you can take them out, but if they are clean and worn within the recommended time frame, night time wearing is generally OK.
Do contact lenses require a separate prescription?
Yes, you will need to get a separate prescription specifically for contact lenses. While lenses sit directly on the eye, glasses sit further out, so that distance makes all the difference in the world and means you’ll need a slightly different prescription.
How much do contact lenses cost?
The market is flooded with so many different brands of contacts that it makes prices pretty affordable. You can get a box of lenses that will last you 90 days for under $15, and the prices go up from there. There are always going to be factors, such as brand, where you buy, and quantity that affect the prices, but a quick internet search and you will find an endless supply and competitive prices. Some insurance plans cover all or part of the cost, so check your coverage plan for details.
Can wearing contact lenses for too long damage the eye?
Yes, wearing contacts for too long can absolutely damage your eye. Contacts are meant to be worn for a specific amount of time, anywhere from one to 30 days. Do not exceed the recommended usage. It is imperative that you clean your lenses as directed or you can increase your chances of irritation, infection, or eye damage. Contacts have a limited life span and must be replaced as directed, because wearing them too long can potentially cause damage to the eye.
Are contact lenses comfortable?
Most contact wearers find them to be comfortable. The real trick in comfort is in adapting to wearing contacts initially. Soft contacts might be more comfortable than hard ones. Overall, everyone’s sensitivity to contacts is going to be different. Part of the comfort is going to be keeping them clean and maintained as directed.
Are colored contact lenses bad for the eyes?
As long as your contacts are fitted properly by an eye doctor, they should be fine for your eyes. Colored contacts are a popular cosmetic item, and as such, some people don’t necessarily consider the health effects of non-prescription lenses. Always have any eyewear fitted and prescribed by an eye doctor. Just because the lenses are not prescription based doesn’t mean there aren’t potential hazards, especially if you find cheap, low quality, or poor fitting ones.
Can contact lenses be worn on a daily basis?
You can absolutely wear your contacts on a daily basis. In fact, that is what they are designed for. In some cases you can wear them for up to 30 days in a row, but that’s the extreme example. Most contacts are meant to be worn for days or even a couple weeks at a time. However, it is imperative you maintain, clean, and replace them as directed.
For how long can contact lenses be worn?
The longest any lens in the United States is cleared to be worn continuously by the FDA is 30 days. However, most doctors recommend you take them out when you sleep, or at least once a week, just to be safe. However, not all contacts are designed the same – meaning 30 days is not the norm. Check with your doctor or eye care specialist or manufacturer to understand the limitations of your contacts. As a general rule, the more frequently you take your lenses out, the lower the risk of irritation, infection or damage to the eye. Some disposable lenses are to be tossed every night.
How long does it take to get used to wearing contact lenses?
Everyone adjusts to wearing contacts differently, but the consensus is most people acclimate quickly, within a few days, while others can take up to two or even three weeks in some instances. Soft contacts are considered easier to adapt to than the more rigid lenses. You can ease into your contacts by wearing them for a few hours a day in the beginning, and slowly increasing usage over time (like a couple of weeks) until you feel comfortable. It can also take a couple of weeks if you change prescriptions or brands.
Are contact lenses safe to use?
Contact lenses are absolutely safe to use--just ask the millions of users. Contact lenses went mainstream in the early 70s when Bausch and Lomb introduced them, and since then the quality and variety have only increased. Barring any unusual incidents, as long as you do not wear them too long, or fail to clean and/or replace them as directed, eye damage for contact users is very rare. Contacts are a medical device, so use according to the instructions of your doctor and the manufacturer.