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How Long Does It Take For Eyes To Adjust To Contact Lenses
Contact Lenses: The biggest learning curve besides contact lens comfort is learning how to care for the contact lenses. It is a big step to put something in the eye and to take it out, and requires lots of practice. It is also a big responsibility to take out the lenses and clean them each night. Each person has a different learning curve for becoming a proficient contact lens wearer. ...Read more
My prescription for contact lenses recommends air optix aqua for astigmatism but how long does it take the eyes to adjust to a new persciption?
A day or two: You should be comfortable and see well in a day or two. ...Read more
I have recently tried to wear prescription multi-focal contact lenses. How long does it usually take for ones eyes to adjust.
1-2 weeks: I give most who try this about 1-2 weeks for trial. If they cannot adjust, I see them again for a recheck to make sure the power and fit are ok. About 50% of folks who try this, cannot adjust to it. They find the type of images produced by these lenses to be disturbing and not comfortable. Motivation is important also and previous contact lens wearers generally do better. ...Read more
Contacts: Probably yes but please contact your eye doctor for certainty. ...Read more
No longer than: One day. If the irritation persists beyond this, see your eye doctor. ...Read more
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
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
Varies by lens type: Contact lenses come in many sizes and materials. Adjustment is a relative term. The other factor is based on eye health and especially the tear film. A soft lens is usually tolerated relatively quickly while a gas permeable (or semi -hard) may require build up time. A new patient should be followed closely after the initial fitting with good instructions about cleanliness ...Read more
Contacts use water: Modern soft contact lenses soak up much of the water in your tear film when they are on your eye. When you remove them, that water goes with them, leaving a smaller amount of water remaining than if no contact lenses had been there. This can be very inconvenient if you already have dry eyes, a condition more common in folks over 50. ...Read more
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
Contact lense: U can wear all day, take them off at night to soke in cleaning solution. ...Read more
How long can I have my contact lens in my eyes? They're aerated and presently I've been wearing mine for about 1month. I've never taken them off.
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
Mostly not: Worn correctly with sensible precautions, contact lens can be very safe aside from the obvious convenience and potential to correct vision. People who get into trouble are those who fail to follow the instructions and do things like overwear, leaving them in when the eye gets painful or red and not renewing them properly. ...Read more
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
I use contact lenses and sometimes my eyes get red. I'm also allergic. Shall I use eye drops, antiallergenics or take off the lenses?
Take out contacts: In order to put in anti-allergy eye drops, you need to take out your lenses anyway, so take them out for awhile, as soon as practically possible, when the eyes become red. Redness means inflammation. It's really hard to tell if there is one cause or several. The contact itself is a foreign body, and if you are allergic, you can even be allergic to drops, so have your eye doctor check you & advise. ...Read more
I have red eyes and it always reoccur. I always use daily contact lenses to prevent infection. Am crew who hv to wear CL for long hours. Advice?
Dry working place: By crew do you mean aircraft? If so, these are very dry atmospheres. You should apply a syrupy drop like Systane or Refresh prior to entering the work place. You can use ointment at night for sleep. Some get a little extra relief from daily ingestion of 2 tablespoons of Flax Seed oil. Do not use drops that say "gets the red out" as these are drying. If these fail, then see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more
Contact overwear: The first thing you should do is remove your contacts to give your eyes a break. If they are disposable lenses and you've used them for longer than recommended, then throw them away. You can use artificial tears if your eyes are irritated. Don't start with a new pair of lenses until your eyes are back to normal. ...Read more
Burned my eye yest using contact lens solution that is only for a vertical case. Flushed out. Eye still red & bd irritated. How long til it is better?
Short term: The manufacturers of these products know that frequently users will use the solution in a way that it directly enters the eye (even though the directions oppose this). So they make these solutions weak enough that they will not damage the eyes and in a day or so, your eye should feel normal. ...Read more
1 week post op vitrectomy. How long should I wait to wear eye makeup and my contact lenses again?
Longer: You can wear contact lenses in the un-operated eye, but not in the operated eye until allowed by the surgeon. I would avoid eyeliner and makeup that could come in contact with the tear layer until allowed by the surgeon also. You are probably using postoperative eye drops, and these would not go well with contact lenses. ...Read more
How long to wait to wear contact lenses after gonioscopy (or whatever the exam is called where ophtalmologist puts a glass lense on your numbed eye)?
Short time: The lens applied to your eye is on a gel which provides an optical link between the lens and the interior of your eye. The numbness usually disappears in 10 minutes at most and the normal tear flow will clean out the residual gel. So you can start to wear you contact lenses by the time the exam is completely over - probably 15 minutes after the gel aided exam. ...Read more
Solution not lens: Generally, we see that patients who have contact lens allergies are sensitive not to the lens but to the disinfection solutions. We usually attempt to transition patients to a hydrogen peroxide system and if necessary to daily disposables. Addressing environmental allergens is very important as well. ...Read more
Depends, but mostly: On factors such as cleanliness, duration and frequency of use. Infection and allergic conjunctivitis can occur and are more likely if the lenses aren't taken care of properly or are over worn. So, they can be bad for the eyes if an infection develops. Hard contact lenses can temporarily change the shape of the cornea. Best to see a good eye specialist. ...Read more
2 possibilities: Some movement of contact lenses is normal and desirable. Too much movement causes blurred vision and discomfort. Your eye doctor can evaluate whether the amount of movement is okay or if you need a different contact lens. ...Read more
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