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Doctor insights on: Eyeglasses Vs Contacts

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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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Is polycarbonate eyeglass lens expensive?

Is polycarbonate eyeglass lens expensive?

A little more: Polycarbonate lenses have a higher index of refraction and can be made a little thinner which lightens the eyeglasses and makes them more comfortable. So they charge a little more for them. I consider eyeglass costs way too high for the technology and manufacturing costs, but it is an industry charging what the public will put up with. ...Read more

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Are spherical contact lenses recommended for astigmatisms?

Are spherical contact lenses recommended for astigmatisms?

Depends: On how much astigmatism is present. People with small amounts of astigmatism (usually 1 diopter or less) see well with spherical contact lenses. ...Read more

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Are crizal lenses recommended for myopic eyes?

Are crizal lenses recommended for myopic eyes?

Maybe: Crizal is an anti-reflective and anti-scratch coating that will allow more light through your glasses and make them last longer. It is a reasonable investment. ...Read more

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Is wearing contact lens better or spectacles?

Is wearing contact lens better or spectacles?

Personal choice: There are a few refractive needs that contact lenses will correct better such as high myopia and keratoconus. But for most, the visual needs can be met with either device. So it is a personal choice about convenience and cosmetics for most. ...Read more

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What are contacts for astigmatism versus regular contacts?

What are contacts for astigmatism versus regular contacts?

Toric contacts: Toric contact lens correct astigmatism and either hyperopia or myopia. Regular lens do not correct astigmatism and are either for hyperopia or myopia. The lenses are otherwise the same. ...Read more

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Eye glasses & contact lenses. What's the difference?

Eye glasses & contact lenses. What's the difference?

Cosmesis: For most people, it is a matter of cosmetics. Some people do not like to wear glasses. For a few people, contacts provide better vision than glasses can. There are also some eye conditions where adequate vision can only be achieved with hard contacts. See your eye doctor for a more detailed discussion as it pertains to you. ...Read more

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How does acuvue advance for astigmatism differ from acuvue toric lenses?

Toric contact lens: Toric contact lenses correct astigmatism. Acuvue makes 3 astigmatism correcting lenses: acuvue advance for astigmatism, acuvue moist for astigmatism (a 1 day lens) and acuvue oasys for astigmatism (more for dry eye patients). All are toric contact lenses. ...Read more

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Are toric contact lenses effective for my astigmatism?

Are toric contact lenses effective for my astigmatism?

If fit properly: Wearing toric contact lenses is a common way to correct astigmatism. They are comfortable and easy to use. ...Read more

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Disposable contact lenses good for anisometropia?

Disposable contact lenses good for anisometropia?

Yes: Actually any contact lens is good for anisometropia. This term means that there is a significant difference in the prescription of the eyes which can make it difficult for the brain to fuse the images from the two eyes into one. The contact lenses allow the eyes to see images which are more alike in size which makes it easier to fuse the images. ...Read more

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Can aspheric eyeglass lenses help nearsighted people?

Aspheric glasses: Aspheric glasses may minimize induction of aberrations in nearsighted people but usually not to a clinically significant degree. That being said you are better off spending your money on high index glass to minimize the thickness and weight of your glasses. Contact lenses are also a very good option. ...Read more

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Are there hyperopic contact lenses?

Yes: Hyperopic contact lenses are common and can cover a wide range of prescriptions. See your eye doctor for the exam and measurements. ...Read more

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Is wearing contacts for astigmatism effective?

YES: Absolutely! many of the new astigmatism/toric contact lenses provide both excellent vision and comfort. ...Read more

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What are multifocal glasses lenses?

What are multifocal glasses lenses?

Bifocal substitute: These are eyeglass lenses with a continuous grind so no line is visible. They offer a large distance and near area for correction and a narrower central band of intermediate clarity. They cost a little more but offer a cosmetic and sometimes optical advantage for those in the presbyopic age. ...Read more

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Can people with myopia wear toric lenses?

Can people with myopia wear toric lenses?

Yes: Toric lenses are used to correct astigmatism so if you have myopia and astigmatism you can wear toric lenses. If you only have myopia you will not need them. ...Read more

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Astigmatism but wants contact lenses?

Astigmatism but wants contact lenses?

Readily available: Most manufacturers of contact lenses now have ones available to correct astigmatism. Be mindful that you are entering the presbyopic era (age related difficulty with near vision). See your ophthalmologist for evaluation and lens fitting. ...Read more

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Crystalens vs Toric Lense for Cataracts/Astigmatism. Which is better?

Crystalens vs Toric Lense for Cataracts/Astigmatism.  Which is better?

Toric IOLs: The Crystalens and Trulign are high tech intraocular lenses called presbyopia-correcting or "premium" IOLs. Crystalens for those who have both cataracts and hyperopia, which causes near vision problems. The Trulign Toric IOL best suited to people who have astigmatism and wish to have improved uncorrected near, intermediate and distance vision after cataract surgery. Be prepared for side effects ...Read more

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What are ortho-k lenses used for: myopia (nearsightedness) or astigmatism?

What are ortho-k lenses used for: myopia (nearsightedness) or astigmatism?

Both: Ortho-k is an expensive and non-sensible treatment. With this, you wear contact lenses while you sleep that mould the cornea. This allows better vision. During the day, the cornea reshapes itself to normal. What this means is that you see well for a few hours and your vision fades as the day progresses. A more sensible and cheaper solution is to wear contact lenses during the day. ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad
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Eyeglasses (Definition)

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