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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. ...Read more

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Tell me a little bit more about contact lens risks?

Tell me a little bit more about contact lens risks?

Many types: There are gas permeable, scleral, soft daily disposable, soft extended wear, hybrid, so even a longer answer just begins to scratch the surface. The risks vary with the type of lens; all increase risk of eye infections, eye irritation and scratched corneas are the most common complications of contact lenses. Be careful not to wear cls if you have a red eye or feel a cold or flu beginning. ...Read more

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How often should you replace your contact lens case?

How often should you replace your contact lens case?

When it wears out: However you should clean your case every time you put your contacts in your eyes. Clean it by rinsing thoroughly with tap water and allowing it to air dry. Do not reuse contact lens solution. It will work only if you use new solution out of the bottle everytime you put the contacts into the case. ...Read more

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How can you tell when your contact lens will expire?

Look at the box: Most disposable contact lenses have an expiration date printed on the end of the box. They are like drugs and should be used by this time. Be sure to replace your soft lenses regularly to prevent problems. ...Read more

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What's the best way for me to care for contact lens?

Follow instructions: The ophthalmologist who supplied the lens can instruct you in the proper care for the type of lens that you have. This may include a wearing schedule, regular cleaning or soaking and changing when scheduled. Also be sure to remove the lens whenever the eye gets red for any reason. ...Read more

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My contact lens keeps sliding down? What should I do?

Replace it: Get a new one out of the box.

If you are new to these particular contact, you may need a tighter fit. Call your eye care provider. ...Read more

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Common problems for a first-time contact lens wearer?

Rubbing, troubles: Inserting. Wearing contact too long. Do what tap your eye care doctor instructed you to do and you will be fine. ...Read more

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Is is bad to change what type of contact lens you use?

Not usually: I frequently operate under the rule <<"if it ain't broke, don't fix it">> so if a patient is happy with their current lenses, change the prescription as needed and use the same one. But there are changes in this field every month, new and sometimes safer designs, and unfortunately the all to often buy out of one line by another firm, simply to get rid of a competitior. You then have no choice. ...Read more

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What are the disadvantages of putting on contact lens?

Corneal ulcer: Contact lenses are foreign bodies in your eyes and therefore can lead to a whole series of problems starting with mild problems such as irritation or worsening of allergies. A corneal ulcer is an infection of the cornea and can lead to blindness. About 1 in 40, 000 people who wear contacts will become blind from the contacts. ...Read more