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Dr. Tim Conrad
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Contact Lens (Overview)

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.


Dr. Richard Rosen
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
31 years in practice
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How can I tell the difference between a pair of clear contact lens?

Dr. Richard Rosen
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
31 years in practice
89K people helped
How can I tell the difference between a pair of clear contact lens?

Try wearing them: Unless there substantial difference between the curvature and power of the two lenses trying on the lenses and wearing them either way may help you decide which one is more comfortable on which eye. It is doubtful that wearing the rght lens on the left eye or vice versa will result in any injury and the user can generally tell which configuration is more comfortable and provides optimal vision. ...Read more

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Contact Lens (Overview)

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.


Dr. Theodore Wu
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
17 years in practice
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Is there a special contact lens that I can wear at night to correct my vision in the morning without contacts?

Dr. Theodore Wu
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
17 years in practice
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Is there a special contact lens that I can wear at night to correct my vision in the morning without contacts?

Contact lenses: There is a special contact lens that re-shape the eye to a certain extent while you sleep. However, there are certain risks, such as a substantial risk of infection. Also, the results may vary quite a bit from person to person. Alternatives to contact lenses include glasses and refractive surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
47 years in practice
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How to remove bandage contact lens? Is it ok to wear it for a week?

Dr. Richard Bensinger
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
47 years in practice
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How to remove bandage contact lens? Is it ok to wear it for a week?

Needs evaluation: Bandage lenses are inserted to minimize pain of ocular surface disease and help to promote healing. Generally they are checked in 1-3 days by the ophthalmologist who inserted the lens (you are seeing a real doctor, not an optometrist for eye disease?). You should not have this left in for a week. Return for a recheck. ...Read more

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Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
23 years in practice
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Can I have a suggestion on wearing a contact lens?

Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
23 years in practice
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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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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Board Certified, Retinal Surgery
14 years in practice
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What can you do if you can't get the contact lens in at all?

Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Board Certified, Retinal Surgery
14 years in practice
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Practice: Use a mirror and practice. You could always go back to glasses or consider refractive surgery like lasik. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
21 years in practice
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What happens if I use a ripped contact lens?

Dr. Andrew Shatz
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
21 years in practice
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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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Dr. Theodore Wu
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
17 years in practice
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What is risk of wearing disposable contact lens a little longer than you should?

Dr. Theodore Wu
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
17 years in practice
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What is risk of wearing disposable contact lens a little longer than you should?

Contacts: You risk an infection such as a corneal ulcer. This may damage your vision permanently and cause you to go blind, or perhaps require a corneal transplant. Do not sleep in your contact lenses. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Meier
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
18 years in practice
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How long does a contact lens generally last?

Dr. Edward Meier
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
18 years in practice
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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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Dr. David Kira
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
16 years in practice
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When should I change the cleaning solution in the contact lens case?

Dr. David Kira
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
16 years in practice
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Daily: For chemical disinfection - the solution should be changed daily and the case allowed to dry. For hydrogen peroxide systems, the lenses can sit safely unopened in the case for about a week. Longer than that repeat the sterilization cycle. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
27 years in practice
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How can you tell if your soft contact lens is inside out?

Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
27 years in practice
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How can you tell if your soft contact lens is inside out?

Look closely : Examine it closely on your fingertip and you can usually tell by the curvature. If it is inside out in the eye it will usually feel uncomfortable due to movement. ...Read more

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