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Doctor insights on: Does Wearing Contact Lenses Make Your Eyes Weaker As In Comparison To Glasses

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Dr. Tim Conrad
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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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In Fuchs dystrophy, will contact lenses make symptoms worse because the cornea is getting less oxygen. I really don't want to give up wearing contacts?

In Fuchs dystrophy, will contact lenses make symptoms worse because the cornea is getting less oxygen. I really don't want to give up wearing contacts?

Need to talk to eye: doctor. I would ask that to your opthalmologist. I feel that there is more a chance of you going blind wearing contacts. The oxygen is important and the new contacts are gas permeable. But....... I would not take the chance of infection or keratitis and go blind. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Should you put on toric contact lenses the same way as normal soft contacts?

Should  you put on toric contact lenses the same way as normal soft contacts?

Yes: They will self center and drop into the correct orientation without the need to move them around in any special way. ...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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Could certain contact lens brand effect your eye or make them worse?

Contact lens: Like other items (clothes, shoes, etc) fitting on the eye may vary from one manufacturer to another. Which may cause discomfort, or if really bad, increase the risk for severe conditions like corneal ulcer. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have distorted vision when switching from glasses to contact lenses and vice versa?

Is it normal to have distorted vision when switching from glasses to contact lenses and vice versa?

Some questions:: 1) hard or soft lens? 2) astigmatism correction in one or both? 3) Are both from the same refractive prescription? 4) First time you've worn contacts? 5) Problems with post-wear lens cleaning? ...Read more

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Is it possible to fit regular sunglasses with prescription lenses at the optometrist?

Is it possible to fit regular sunglasses with prescription lenses at the optometrist?

Sometimes: There are difference between inexpensive "fashion" frames and "ophthalmic" frames designed for custom lenses. Visit your optician and see if your frame can be pattern matched for a prescription lens. ...Read more

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Is it possible to change the eye color using implantable contact lenses and correct my vision at the same time? I am a healthy male aged 27. I have moderate myopia which needs vision correction with eye glasses or contact lenses. Can implantable contact l

Is it possible to change the eye color using implantable contact lenses and correct my vision at the same time? I am a healthy male aged 27. I have moderate myopia which needs vision correction with eye glasses or contact lenses. Can implantable contact l

Colored Contact lens: There are colored contact lenses that have a power in them to correct the vision. These typically cost more and are not as comfortable as regular contact lenses. There is no implantable device to permanently change your eye color. ...Read more

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Are the prescription numbers for soft contact lenses the same as the prescription numbers for hard contact lenses or RGP lenses ?

Are the prescription numbers for soft contact lenses the same as the prescription numbers for hard contact lenses or RGP lenses ?

Contact lenses: I have been seeing several doctors since age 6 and am now age 72. As a "kid" it was awful but over time it is OK. Your eye doctor will help you through all the possible options for eye care. Please let me know how things go. ...Read more

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Can wearing eyeglasses actually make your vision worse in the long run?

Can wearing eyeglasses actually make your vision worse in the long run?

A balance: For reading, there is a natural decline in focusing ability throughout life that becomes more problematic between the mid-40's and early 50's. The eye is comfortable with focusing about half of its full ability, so using reading glasses that do part of the work while the eyes do the rest maintains a comfortable balance. Trying to force reading without help leads to more problems like eyestrain. ...Read more

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Is it better to wear glasses with frames as compared to frameless?

Is it better to wear glasses with frames as compared to frameless?

Depends: Personal preference here. Glasses with frames a sturdier. Frameless glasses are lighter and show the face better. ...Read more

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I have keratoconus and wearing rgp lenses in a piggy back. Does the power of the soft lens affect fit or improve vision?

I have keratoconus and wearing rgp lenses in a piggy back. Does the power of the soft lens affect fit or improve vision?

Piggyback rgp kcn: The primary power is in the rgp (rigid gas permeable) that goes on top of the soft lens. The soft lens is mostly to improve comfort and fit of the overlying rgp. ...Read more

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Can a person with a prescription higher than -5.50 get ortho-k?? What is better lasik or OrthoK? I have astigmatism &dry eyes &hate glasses &contacts.

Can a person with a prescription higher than -5.50 get ortho-k?? What is better lasik or OrthoK? I have astigmatism &dry eyes &hate glasses &contacts.

Talk to eye doctor: This is not my specialty. Do note that anything affecting the cornea will worsen your dry eyes. Your eye doctors would be your best source for such a complicated issue. ...Read more

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Can you wear contact lens when your eyes are red?

Can you wear contact lens when your eyes are red?

Not a good idea: Redness is a sign of a problem. As a general rule, anytime your eye is red, the first that you need to do is to take the contact lens out. There is strong likelihood that the redness is due to the contacts and keeping it in will only aggravate the situation (although your eye may feel better wearing the contacts). See your eye md for an evaluation. ...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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Will years of wearing contact lenses make my eyesight worse?

Will years of wearing contact lenses make my eyesight worse?

No effect: Contacts will neither improve the basic power of the eye nor make it worse. They are a useful optical aid but have no medical qualities. Enjoy your contacts. ...Read more