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Doctor insights on: Contact Lens

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How to clean my contact lens?

How to clean my contact lens?

Easy: Place the contact in the palm of your hand. Cover it with contact lens solution. Rub with your finger for 15 seconds. Flip it over and repeat. Place it in your contact lens case with new solution.

Dr. Tim Conrad
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Contact Lens Use (Definition)

A contact lens is a thin plastic or glass lens that is fitted over the colored part of the eye. It may be used for corrective, cosmetic, or therapeutic purposes. ...Read more


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How effective are this contact lens?

How effective are this contact lens?

For what?: Contact lenses are often used to help people see better. They are also used as a bandage over the eye to promote comfort and healing. They usually work well in both instances. To give you more information, we would need to know more details.

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Why do my contact lens keep ripping?

Why do my contact lens keep ripping?

Contact lenses: There are several possible reasons why your contacts often tear. The first may be how you're handling them when you remove them. Also, if your eyes tend to be dry, it may help to instill a rewetting drop in your eyes before removing the lenses. In addition, there are certain brands of contacts which tend to tear more easily. Try a different brand of lenses. Talk to your eye doctor about this.

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Are contact lens better than spects?

Sometimes: Spectacles can usually provide very precise improvement of vision. But some circumstances will improve better with contacts. These include the condition keratoconus, and also diseases of the corneal surface as well as very high degrees of refractive power needs. Contacts of course have their convenience and cosmetic effects although glasses in the right hands can be a fashion statement.

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Contact lens power -3.75 is this bad?

Contact lens power -3.75 is this bad?

Moderate: This is a low to moderate near sighted rx. Nothing to be concerned about.

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Contact lens won't stay in one place?

Refit: If you contact lens shifts in position or out of position and this is a regular issue, then recheck with the fitting ophthalmologist to get what we would term a tighter lens that will stay better positioned.

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How do I remove a stuck contact lens?

See the following: Most contact lenses get stuck in the upper, outer quadrant of the space between the lid and the conjunctiva. The rest of the eye spaces are too small except for hard lenses or broken lenses. The get the lens out of the usual spot, hold the upper lid up and out, and look down and in for about 14 seconds. This will stretch the conjunctiva and push out the lens.

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Which is the best contact lens brand?

The one that fits: There is not one best brand--the one that fits you best, gives you the best vision and is well tolerated is the way to go.

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Which is the best contact lens brand!?

Can't say: There are many, many different brands and all of them have their good qualities. The best lens depends on the individual wearing them.

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How long can you wear your contact lens?

Depends: On the contact. Most are daily wear meaning they can be worn all waking hours but should be removed for sleep. There are few that are designed for continuous wear.

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How can I improve my contact lens comfort?

Depends: On the cause. It could be related to the fit, the lens material, the solutions, protein buildup, or even dry eye or allergy. Best to see an ophthalmologist to help get to the bottom of it. This is the reason that many patients opt for refractive surgery (lasik) if it cannot be resolved satisfactorily.

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How bad is it to wear a torn contact lens?

Uncomfortable: A torn lens will be irritating and it may not center well so the vision is less clear. It is simply not optimum but probably not harmful in and of itself, although such a lens will decenter and cause discomfort.

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What happens if I use a ripped contact lens?

You risk infection: Torn contacts have sharp edges that can scratch the eye. This can in turn allow bacteria from the contact or eye surface to get under the skin and cause a serious eye infection. Do not use a torn contact lens!

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How long does a contact lens generally last?

Depends: Each lens is designed to last a different amount of time. Some lenses are replaced daily, some two weeks, and some one month. A few lenses are replaced quarterly but these need to be enzyme cleaned weekly. The difference in lenses is how well they repel protein and other deposits.

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Might I use contact lens bottle to keep lens?

No: It will not keep the lens clean and you will contaminate the cap and the rest of the fluid in the bottle.

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What is the best contact lens solution to buy?

What is the best contact lens solution to buy?

Focused cleaner: Most contact solutions are multi-purpose with both a cleaner and a moisturizer built in. This was done for convenience and not necessarily best for the eye. I would recommend using a hydrogen peroxide based cleaner (ie, clear care) to clean the contacts and then a saline solution to rinse them off. This will give the maximum cleaning for both bacteria and enzymes.

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Urgent: how to properly clean contact lens case?

Soap water RINSE: If it's just a plastic case, used mild soap and water. Try a toothbrush if needed. Make sure you rinse thoroughly. Then be sure your overnight storage solution has a disinfectant. How did your case get dirty. You should remove and handle your lenses with clean hands and conditions. Doing otherwise raises risk for serious infection.

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Can I have a suggestion on wearing a contact lens?

Get fitted: You need to see an eye doctor for right contact lens fit. The eye doc will measure your correction and eye shape before fitting you with the right contact lens. The doctor also train you to make sure you can put and take off contact lens safely. Please make sure do not sleep with it, or overextend the wear. Daily contact lenses are the best fit to avoid infection and allergy to it.

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How often do I need to change my contact lens case?

It depends: That depends on a number of things but changing your contact lens case every three months is a good rule to follow.

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Can I wear monthly contact lens for over one month?

Toss that lens: Most patients forget that contact lens wear comes with a small but real risk of infection. Bad habits increase risk of corneal infection which can be severe and lead to ulceration, scarring, vision loss, and even loss of eye. To lower the risk of infection, wash hands, use sterile solutions, avoid sleeping in lenses, reusing solution, toss when their time is due, and have a regular examination.