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Can you tell me if I switch from glasses (prism lens) to contacts (different prescription) will that cause unusual discomfort?

Can you tell me if I switch from glasses (prism lens) to contacts (different prescription) will that cause unusual discomfort?

Depends: If you have double vision when you don't wear your glasses with prism, then you will have it with contact lenses. If double vision is not a problem for you, then contacts will likely work. ...Read more

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Glasses (Definition)

Glasses is a term that describes a pair of lenses that are placed in a frame to be worn to correct faulty vision ...Read more


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Can you tell me if you switch from glasses (prism lens) to contacts (different prescription) will that cause unusual discomfort?

Can you tell me if you switch from glasses (prism lens) to contacts (different prescription) will that cause unusual discomfort?

It can: Contact lenses do not correct for ocular misalignment like prism glasses can. If you need prism to avoid discomfort, then contact lenses are not a good choice for you. ...Read more

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Want to switch from wearing glasses/contacts as I feel they are an inconvenient for my lifestyle. Can you recommend Lasik surgery professional? I know medical aid will not pay but I feel it is still a medical decision of which Discovery can assist in

Want to switch from wearing glasses/contacts as I feel they are an inconvenient for my lifestyle. Can you recommend Lasik surgery professional? I know medical aid will not pay but I feel it is still a medical decision of which Discovery can assist in

Dr Jeff Lever: Dr Jeff Lever
Address: 1st Floor Netcare Linkwood Hospital, 24 12th Avenue, Linksfield, Johannesburg, 2192, South Africa
Phone: +27 11 640 7029

He is an expert in Lasik and has worked both in South Africa and the UK. ...Read more

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What can be done to combat dizziness when switching between glasses and contacts?

What can be done to combat dizziness when switching between glasses and contacts?

Check power: This is usually due to a significant power difference between the eyeglasses and the contacts, or sometimes an uncorrected astigmatism. Rarely it could be due to the fit of the contact. Check with your ophthalmologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can glasses and contacts worsen vision?

Can glasses and contacts worsen vision?

Glasses and contacts: Significantly help your vision if they are fit properly. In addition, your eyes will not get weaker by wearing them on a regular basis. ...Read more

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Which is more effective contacts or glasses?

Which is more effective contacts or glasses?

Depends on age: Depends on age, the health of the eye and the need for bifocals. There are bifocal contacts, but they do not perform as well as glasses. Yet in eyes with irregularly shaped corneas, contacts will clear vision in a way that no glasses ever can. For most ordinary cases, they function relatively the same. Probably your best answer will come from your own experience and guidance of your doctor. ...Read more

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If my glasses are 3.75, what are my contacts?

Plus or minus: Are they -3.75 or +3.75, and do you need to see at near and distance or distance only. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of contacts vs glasses?

What are the pros and cons of contacts vs glasses?

Both work well: Contacts give a more natural perception of your environment, without frame edge limitations, or minification of objects you look at. Contacts must be fit to your specific eye shape and prescription. Getting use to a contact lens on the eye may take some time, however, with modern lenses this is not usually a problem. ...Read more

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Are contacts safe to wear and do they work like glasses?

Yes and yes: Contacts can correct your vision similar to glasses. However since they interact with your eyes directly, they are more complex than glasses. ...Read more

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Contacts vs glasses gave anyone long-term improvement in vision?

Contacts vs glasses gave anyone long-term improvement in vision?

Similar: Both glasses or contact lenses correct the refractive error to make the images clear. They both improve vision for a long term, but the corrective error can change with time or different conditions then the person will need an adjustment to either glasses or contact lenses. ...Read more

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Is there anything new in glasses or contacts to improve long distance vision?

Is there anything new in glasses or contacts to improve long distance vision?

ICL's: There are implantable collamer lenses that you can implant in your eyes to improve your vision. Materials to make glasses or contact lenses have improved, but they are still glasses and contact lenses. ...Read more

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What should I do if I can't see clearly, but I don't want contacts or glasses?

Surgery or. ..: First, you need to know exactly why you don't see clearly and if you have a straightforward far or near-sightedness with or without astigmatism. You can opt for laser surgery if you are a candidate or other surgery to implant a lens to improve the vision. ...Read more

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Are contacts or glasses better for your long-term vision? Or are they the same?

Are contacts or glasses better for your long-term vision? Or are they the same?

Equivalent: With good care neither pose a risk to the health of your eyes nor to your long term vision. The goal of each is clarity of vision and they are equivalent in that regard. It is a personal choice. ...Read more

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Why can't I see close things properly when I have my contacts on but not glasses?

Presbyopia: There are two possibilities: one is that your contacts are too strong allowing you to see well in the distance but not at close; the other possibility is early presbyopia in which your focusing power is no longer sufficient despite the distance power being correct. See your eye doctor who can work with you to correct this. ...Read more

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Could you tell me why I need to have 2 seperate exams to get contacts and glasses?

Could you tell me why I need to have 2 seperate exams to get contacts and glasses?

No: Not in my practice. All the information can be optained during your exam. Unusual types of refractions and ocular shapes and astigmatism may require special contactys to be ordered. Most patients can be fit at the same time of their exam. Logistics-- every practice does thing differently. ...Read more

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Can you tell me reasons why I need to have 2 seperate exams to get contacts and glasses?

3 things required: To get glasses, you need an eye exam and a refraction, the test to determine the glasses prescription. To get contact lens, you also need a contact lens fitting, the service the doctor performs to determine the best contact lenses for you. ...Read more

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I usually wear only contacts, and I haven't worn a pair of glasses in a year. So I got glasses and its totally different then contacts is this normal?

I usually wear only contacts, and I haven't worn a pair of glasses in a year. So I got glasses and its totally different then contacts is this normal?

Yes: It is normal for glasses to have a different feel than contact lenses. However your vision - ability to see distance should be similar. If not, go back to your Eye specialist. ...Read more

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Is it better to wear glasses than contacts?

No difference: If your eyes are normal and can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses to good vision, then there is no difference between the two. If your cornea is abnormal, vision is often better with contact lenses. Glasses wear does decrease peripheral vision some but not to a clinically significant amount. ...Read more

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When playing outfield wear glasses or contacts?

When playing outfield wear glasses or contacts?

Glasses or contacts: Some people see better with glasses, while others see better with contact lenses. An outfielder needs excellent vision, so he or she should wear whichever is better for them. ...Read more

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Are glasses and contacts prescriptions the same number?

Different: They are different. Often the overall power will be similar or the same, but contact lenses require more specifications, such as the curvature of the lens as well as type of material. ...Read more

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How come my I have different prescriptions for my glasses and contacts?

How come my I have different prescriptions for my glasses and contacts?

Lens prescriptions: Contacts sit directly on the cornea. Glasses are in front of the cornea and therefore the power of the two differ in focusing an image on the retina. ...Read more

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If you get contacts do you also need to get glasses?

If you get contacts do you also need to get glasses?

Yes!: All contact lens wearers need glasses to wear. This is because there must be a backup to the contacts. However the glasses do not need to be the most recent prescription, just something in which you could see well enough to function. ...Read more

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How much does it cost to get glasses and/or contacts?

Depends: Major cost of glasses is the frame. Glasses can cost between 35 dollars and 800

contact lenses range from 80 to 600. ...Read more