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What to do if I got prescripted eyeglasses for hard contact lens, what to expect?

What to do if I got prescripted eyeglasses for hard contact lens, what to expect?

Requires: Observation of the lens on the eye and followup to determine if the contact is harming the ocular surface. ...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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Most effective solution for rgp/hard contact lenses?

Most effective solution for rgp/hard contact lenses?

I prefer: The traditional two bottle boston product. This has a good cleaning solution and separate insertion and storage solution. ...Read more

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How do soft contacts differ from hard contact lenses?

How do soft contacts differ from hard contact lenses?

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

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What is difference in hard contact lenses and other lenses?

What is difference in hard contact lenses and other lenses?

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

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How long can I wear hard contact lenses before I switch them out?

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

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Can you please tell me about the advantages of hard contact lenses?

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

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What is the difference between hard contact lenses and regular ones?

Plastic: Hard lenses are rigid plastic and soft are flexible plastic with greater oxygen permeability. In general soft lenses are more comfortable and abuse tolerant but hard lenses can correct some irregular eyes that soft lenses will not. ...Read more

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How much more comfortable--soft contacts lenses compared to hard contact lenses?

Hard vs Soft.: Hard contacts are cheaper to wear and provide better vision than soft contacts. They are more difficult to get used to. Most long-term wearers of hard contacts find the comfort to be acceptable. ...Read more

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What's the difference between soft contacts and hard contact lenses ingredients?

What's the difference between soft contacts and hard contact lenses ingredients?

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

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I heard hard contact lenses hurt a lot more than soft contact lenses. Is this true?

I heard hard contact lenses hurt a lot more than soft contact lenses. Is this true?

No: Hard lenses, or gas permeable contacts, may be just as comfortable to some people as soft lenses. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use soft contacts solution for hard contact lenses?

No: You should just use a system that is designed for the type of contact lenses you wear. ...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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Do the hard contact lenses affect the speed of the myopia?

No effect: Well fitted contact lenses should be comfortable and the vision should be fine. This will not change the power of the eye nor the speed of the progression of the myopia if that is going to occur. ...Read more

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What is the difference between hard and soft contact lenses?

Flexible vs rigid: Hard contact lenses are rigid, soft are flexable, the rigid lenses can correct higher astigmatism and irregular corneal surfaces. ...Read more

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How often should I replace solution in my contacts case for my hard gas permeable contact lenses?

Daily.: The solution should be replaced every day. By not doing so places you at greater risk at possibly developing a corneal infection that could result in a corneal ulcer. It is better to be safe than sorry. ...Read more

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Why is it hard to look at a computer screen with contact lens on?

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

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How do I tell if my contact lenses are hard or soft?

How do I tell if my contact lenses are hard or soft?

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

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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

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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?

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?

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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