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Hard Contact Lens
Requires: Observation of the lens on the eye and followup to determine if the contact is harming the ocular surface. ...Read more
I prefer: The traditional two bottle boston product. This has a good cleaning solution and separate insertion and storage solution. ...Read more
Material: They differ in the materials they are made out of. Soft lenses are designed to conform to the surface of the cornea whereas hard lenses do not. This can have applications in certain eye conditions. ...Read more
Many differences: Rigid contact lenses provide excellent vision, often much better than soft lenses, and are generally much cheaper to wear. A pair will often last 2 or 3 years. They are easier to put in and harder to take out than soft lenses. They are more difficult to get used to. For certain eye problems, like lots of astigmatism or irregular corneas, they are the best method of vision correction. ...Read more
6 to 9 months: Generally, if you're removing them every night, cleaning and disinfecting them they can last up to 9 months or 1 yr depending on how you take care of them and how your eye reacts to the lens itself. Scratches or chips in the lens, or eye irritation from the lens is a sign to replace the lens. ...Read more
Vision and Care: Rigid contacts can provide better vision as they replace the eye's surface with a perfectly curved one. Soft lenses assume the shape of the eye and don't correct for irregularity. Also, hard lens are more durable and easier to care for. Disadvantages are they fall out easier, are harder to fit, and usually take some time initially to become comfortable. Long term complications can be less vs. Soft. ...Read more
The material: Soft contact lenses are made of various materials that attract water, which is what makes them soft. The average contact lens is between 35-40% water and they are not only soft but very pliable. Hard contact lense, which these days are know as gas permeable lenses, have no water content and are not flexible. ...Read more
No: Hard lenses, or gas permeable contacts, may be just as comfortable to some people as soft lenses. ...Read more
No: You should just use a system that is designed for the type of contact lenses you wear. ...Read more
I have run out of conditioning solution for my hard contact lenses. I have a cleaner. Can I soak my lenses in the resetting solution prior to wearing?
Rewetting: Solution or sterile cleaning contact solution.Get a more detailed answer ›
Are the prescription numbers for soft contact lenses the same as the prescription numbers for hard contact lenses or RGP 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
How often should I replace solution in my contacts case for my hard gas permeable contact lenses?
Dryness: When we concentrate on our computer work or reading we do not blink as often as normally and contact lenses get dry. This means also somewhat blurry and less comfortable. This is especially true in winter when air indoors is drier. Remember that contacts float on our tear film and that blinking re-wets them and the cornea with every blink, . ...Read more
Bendable.: You can flex soft contact lenses. Few people want or use hard contact lenses these days as they take a while to get used to. Doublecheck with your eye doc, or read the package. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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