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How long can you wear contact lens without hurting your eyes?

How long can you wear contact lens without hurting your eyes?

What kind of lens?: Although there are extended wear contact lenses, i recommended daily removal before sleeping. Tears provide anti-infective compounds and enzymes which are in short supply during sleep when tear production drops. This puts the eye at greater risk for potentially sight threatening infections. ...Read more

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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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How long can you wear your contact lens?

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 do you stop your eyes watering when wearing contact lenses; how long will this keep going on?

How do you stop your eyes watering when wearing contact lenses; how long will this keep going on?

Irritation: Your eyes water when they are irritated. If they are being caused by the contacts, see your eye specialist as there may be other options to try that won't irritate your eyes as much. ...Read more

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Contact lenses: if I wear them for too long will they damage my eyes?

Yes: Yes overuse can lead to contact lens overwear (irritation, redness, etc), as well as increased risk for corneal infections (which can permanently cause vision loss), decreased oxygenation (corneal pannus), and the lenses can tear after used beyond what they are supposed to be used. ...Read more

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Eyes hurts due to tight contact lenses. Could you tell me how long does it take for the eye to heal?

Eyes hurts due to tight contact lenses. Could you tell me how long does it take for the eye to heal?

Not tight?: Tight contacts rarely cause pain; it's the loose ones that are uncomfortable. Most contact lens irritations resolve without treatment in a day. If this has lasted longer than that,you need to see your eye doctor. ...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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How can you tell when your contact lens will expire?

Look at the box: Most disposable contact lenses have an expiration date printed on the end of the box. They are like drugs and should be used by this time. Be sure to replace your soft lenses regularly to prevent problems. ...Read more

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How can you change your eye color without contacts?

How can you change your eye color without contacts?

You can't yet: No procedure exists to permanently and safely change your iris color. A procedure in panama - new color iris - is extremely dangerous. See my published papers on the complications. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if contact lenses damage your eyes?

Can you tell me if contact lenses damage your eyes?

No damage: Contact lenses, if used properly and under the care of an experienced eye doctor, will rarely cause problems that can lead to damage. Improper use can and does cause damage. ...Read more

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Can you wear contacts lenses after cataract surgery? I have always worn contact lenses instead of glasses. After my cataract surgery, will i be able to wear contact lenses? If so, how long do I need to wait after my surgery to begin wearing them again?

Can you wear contacts lenses after cataract surgery? I have always worn contact lenses instead of glasses. After my cataract surgery, will i be able to wear contact lenses? If so, how long do I need to wait after my surgery to begin wearing them again?

Easy answer-yes: I would hope that your cataract surgery corrected your distance vision, or both distance and near vision with the intraocular implant placed in your eye durung surgery.. There would be no need for contacts post operatively. If you needed an additional correction after cataract surgery, contact lenses could be used about 6 to 8 weeks post op. ...Read more

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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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How long does a stye stays on your eye? Can you wear contacts while having a stye?

How long does a stye stays on your eye? Can you wear contacts while having a stye?

Variable time: Styes last a variable time depending upon your body's resistance, what treatment you administer and issues such as your age and environment. Recommended is the use of frequent very warm (not hot) soaks up to 5 times per day. Antibiotics are not helpful in most cases. If a stye persists after this treatment for more than a week, then see your ophthalmologist. You can wear contacts during this. ...Read more

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How long after a stye bursts can you wear contact lenses?

Soon: You can resume your contact lens 1-2 days after depends on the irritation and condition. Please continue heat pack and baby shampoo eye lash wash. ...Read more

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How long does it take after taking a contact lens eye exam to get your contacts made and ready?

How long does it take after taking a contact lens eye exam to get your contacts made and ready?

Contacts: This would depend on the type of contact lens. Hard contact lenses have to be specially made and fitted. Soft contact lenses are stocked in vials are readily available to all parameters usually. ...Read more

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How can you put little pieces of plastic in your eye when you get contact lenses?

How can you put little pieces of plastic in your eye when you get contact lenses?

Practicemakesperfect: I think most will agree that the thought of putting something on your eyeball is a little strange and hard to wrap your head around initially. With proper instruction and practice though you'll get the hang of it in no time. Be sure your optometrist shows you the right way to put them in and take them out. ...Read more

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Can I go straight to contact lenses without ever wearing glasses?

Can I go straight to contact lenses without ever wearing glasses?

Yes: There is no problem with going straight to contact lenses for a refractive problem. Most patients like to have a "back up" pair of glasses as they may wish to wear them part time ( after taking contacts out before bedtime, if eyes are irritated, etc.). ...Read more

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Can wearing contacts when you don't need them cause eye damage?

Can wearing contacts when you don't need them cause eye damage?

Depends: I am guessing that you want to wear them for cosmetic reasons only - i.e. Those halloween type lenses that make the eyes look weird or that you want to change your eye color. If lenses of these types are properly fitted and taken care of with the usual careful handling, changing and cleaning, then they pose no more risk than lenses worn for optical purposes. ...Read more

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Can you wear contacts when your eyes are red?

Not recommended: You should find out why your eyes are red first and take care of the problem whether it's an allergy, infection, or over use. If infection, for instance, the contact may worsen the infection. In any case, you may experience pain, burning, and tearing if the eyes are red. ...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