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Can I go straight to contact lenses without ever wearing glasses?

Can I go straight to contact lenses without ever wearing glasses?

Yes: There is no problem with going straight to contact lenses for a refractive problem. Most patients like to have a "back up" pair of glasses as they may wish to wear them part time (after taking contacts out before bedtime, if eyes are irritated, etc.). ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad
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I'm just wondering, if you have bad eyes can you skip glasses and go straight into contact lenses?

I'm just wondering, if you have bad eyes can you skip glasses and go straight into contact lenses?

Not recommended: Even if you choose to use contact lenses as your primary means of correcting your vision, you need to have a pair of glasses as well. This is because there are situations in which you cannot wear your contacts, and you must have a back-up. The glasses do not need to be new or even the best prescription, but usable so you can safely drive and work. ...Read more

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I got this idea of wearing glasses and contact lenses at the same time so I could interchange them during the day. Is it possible?

I got this idea of wearing glasses and contact lenses at the same time so I could interchange them during the day. Is it possible?

One or the other: If you wear both your contact lenses and your glasses at the same time, you will be looking through your prescription twice and your vision will be blurred. You can olny use one at a time. ...Read more

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Is progression of myopia controlled by wearing glasses or contact lenses?

Is progression of myopia controlled by wearing glasses or contact lenses?

No: There is not a way to stop the progression of myopia. The eyeballs grow very little after early childhood, but even a slight changes in the shape of eyeballs can increase myopia. A one gets older, the eyeballs will finally stop changing, but that may be in his 20's or 30's. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm wearing glasses, I'm planning to wear contact lenses because can play sports with them and etc. Please read below.?

What do you advise if I'm wearing glasses, I'm planning to wear contact lenses because can play sports with them and etc. Please read below.?

Get evaluated: An ophthalmologist can tell you whether or not you can wear contact lenses. There are a variety available and almost certainly one which will help you athletic needs. ...Read more

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I tend to open my eyes wide when wearing contact lenses, which causes some eye fatigue. Is this normal? Should I consciously close up my eyelids a bit as if I am wearing glasses?

I tend to open my eyes wide when wearing contact lenses, which causes some eye fatigue. Is this normal? Should I consciously close up my eyelids a bit as if I am wearing glasses?

It is common: To open your eyes wider while wearing contact lenses, especially while getting use to them. If your eyes are becoming fatigued while wearing contact lens, you should decrease the amount of time that you are wearing them, in order to allow your eyes to adapt. Try wearing the contacts for only 4 hours/day for a few days, if your eyes do not feel fatigued, gradually increase the number of hours/day ...Read more

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What are the ways that eyeglasses or contact lenses work to correct your vision?

What are the ways that eyeglasses or contact lenses work to correct your vision?

Focus light: If the only problem with your vision is an uncorrected need for classes, then your eye has a focal point off the retina (the film at the back of the eye). The ;job of glasses and contacts is to readjust that focal point with its peak on the light receptive elements of the retina so there is a clear image. This compensates for your eyes inability to do this. ...Read more

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What to do if I got prescripted eyeglasses for hard contact lens, what to expect?

What to do if I got prescripted eyeglasses for hard contact lens, what to expect?

Requires: Observation of the lens on the eye and followup to determine if the contact is harming the ocular surface. ...Read more

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I just bought contact lenses and I noticed a dramatic change in my vision from my eyeglasses. I see way clearer. I feel and see shapes and size, why?

I just bought contact lenses and I noticed a dramatic change in my vision from my eyeglasses. I see way clearer. I feel and see shapes and size, why?

You probably: Have a major component of astigmatism which is more "completely" corrected by contacts up against your lens!

Many people find contacts far superior to eyeglasses especially with very nearsighted folks and/or folks with astigmatism!
Hope this helps!
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Is it safe to use my contact lens prescription values for eyeglasses?

Is it safe to use my contact lens prescription values for eyeglasses?

Not correct: Eyeglasses and contacts lens prescriptions are not the same. There is a power difference since the glasses are farther from the cornea surface compared to contact lens. Thus you need a different prescription, plus contact lens requires a base curve and diameter in addition to the power. ...Read more

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I'm going to try multifocal contact lenses. Should my quality of vision with these be the same as progressive glasses?

I'm going to try multifocal contact lenses. Should my quality of vision with these be the same as progressive glasses?

No: The vision with glasses is better. However many people successfully wear multi-focal contact lenses. Be patient and work with your eye doctor. Th multi-focals generally require more time to adapt and more adjustments than other types of contact lenses. ...Read more

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How can you go about switching from glasses to contact lenses?

How can you go about switching from glasses to contact lenses?

It is best: To see a specialist who can evaluate the proper fit of the lens and educate you in safety and appropriate wear and lens care. Taking this lightly can lead to serious consequences and even permanent vision loss. ...Read more

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Can you correct one's vision so you don't have to wear glasses / contact lenses? Is it always successful?

Can you correct one's vision so you don't have to wear glasses / contact lenses? Is it always successful?

Yes: For most people, laser can reduce the refractive error in the eyes such that glasses or contacts are no longer necessary. It is one of the most successful surgeries devised by mankind. See an ophthalmologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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After wear progressive glasses 5 hrs. At computer I see ghost images vertically, 2 traffic lights, road signs. W/contact lens OK. Dr doesn't know why.

Accommodative spasm: Take more frequent breaks from near work:
Rule of three "20's"
Every 20 minutes, remove glasses,
look at object st least 20 feet away,
for at least 20 seconds.
Consider using "single vision "drug store" reading glasses, not progressives, at computer. They are very inexpensive, ~ $10 at flea market.
Start at +1.50, bring magazine to test at normal reading distance and go up or down in powers ...Read more

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Does contact lenses and glasses work the same way?

Does contact lenses and glasses work the same way?

Yes: They both make light rays bend so that they will be in focus for you. ...Read more

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No matter what I do. Wear glasses or contact lens my vision is not perfect. What is going on?

Need MD exam: If you have not had a medical eye exam performed by an ophthalmologist, you need one. You may have an undelying medical eye condition limiting your best corrected vision. You need to get more information about your eye. ...Read more

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I'm wondering if I get a contact lenses exam can I get glasses instead?

Sure: Why not? Although it is a different prescription so you'll need a glasses prescription. You can't take a contact lens prescription to a store and get glasses. They're different. ...Read more

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Why is my contact lens and glasses prescription different?

Numbers game: Fitting cl is an art form as much as science. When the eyeglass refraction is placed in a cl if the number is large enough the strength of the contact may be different to cause good vision. The fit can also change the numbers. These are called "fudge factors'. The numbers are not as important as the ability to see wella nd comfortably. ...Read more

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Are contact lenses a different prescription than my glasses?

Are contact lenses a different prescription than my glasses?

Yes: Contact lens also has size of size of cornea, in addition to power. That's why contact lens have to be 'fitted'. The power may differ also, if the myopia is significant. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I could wear both gp contact lenses and glasses?

Usually: Most who have a need for eyeglass correction, can find a contact lens including a gp, lens which will correct the vision. Only if there is some pathology might you not be able to wear contacts. ...Read more

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Are contact lenses or glasses better for correcting vision problems?

Are contact lenses or glasses better for correcting vision problems?

Refraction: Either contact lenses or eyeglasses can correct near-sightedness, far-sightedness or astigmatism. If there is another eye problem such as dry eyes, ocular inflammation, or infection, glasses may be the better choice. ...Read more

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How effective are glasses and contact lenses for treating Marfan syndrome?

How effective are glasses and contact lenses for treating Marfan syndrome?

?? treating??: These are supportive measures that can limit the effect of Marfan related vision problems, much as they would anyone without Marfan syndrome. ...Read more

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What can I do to get treatment for my bad vision (other than glasses / contact lenses)?

Laser surgery: I would recommend getting screened for laser vision correction (ie lasik or prk). ...Read more

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Should I use my glasses prescription for contact lenses?

Naah: Usually a little different, especially as the prescription number gets higher. Also, you have to be fitted with a right fit, not just prescription power. ...Read more

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Is it okay to convert my glasses prescription to my contact lens prescription?

Is it okay to convert my glasses prescription to my contact lens prescription?

Not really: The contact lens rx is determined from a refraction for glasses - sometimes trial fitting is necessary since the actual numbers are different due to an optical property called vertex distance. ...Read more

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Eye glasses & contact lenses. What's the difference?

Eye glasses & contact lenses. What's the difference?

Cosmesis: For most people, it is a matter of cosmetics. Some people do not like to wear glasses. For a few people, contacts provide better vision than glasses can. There are also some eye conditions where adequate vision can only be achieved with hard contacts. See your eye doctor for a more detailed discussion as it pertains to you. ...Read more

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What are the pros of eye glasses over contact lenses?

What are the pros of eye glasses over contact lenses?

Glasses vs contacts: First of all, glasses are cheaper and there are no side effects to glasses. They're very easy to use and can offer protection to your eyes. Contact lenses, only offer cosmetic advantages, except in very rare eye conditions, which are solely treated with contacts, but those are rare. Contact lenses need to be cared for & fit properly, are more expensive, & can have side effects or even intolerance. ...Read more

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Can you explain why my contact lens dioptry is higher than my glasses dioptry?

Contacts: You are far-sighted. The contact lens sits on the eye; glasses sit on the nose. The distance from the contact lens to the center of the eye is closer than the distance from the glasses lens to the center of the eye. Thus, for a far-sighted person, the lens power must be greater for the contact lens to achieve the same effective correction as the glasses. ...Read more

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