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Doctor insights on: Is It Ok To Wear Only One Contact Lens

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Is it safe to wear only one contact lens if I have a lazy eye?

Is it safe to wear only one contact lens if I have a lazy eye?

De[ends: If you are older and out of the amblyogenic (amblyopia susceptible) age range then wearing a contact lens in the better seeing eye poses no problem to the vision. Sometimes children are treated for amblyopia and a contact lens is placed in the weaker eye and needs to be worn all the time to improve vision permanently. ...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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Can I wear monthly contact lens for over one month?

Toss that lens: Most patients forget that contact lens wear comes with a small but real risk of infection. Bad habits increase risk of corneal infection which can be severe and lead to ulceration, scarring, vision loss, and even loss of eye. To lower the risk of infection, wash hands, use sterile solutions, avoid sleeping in lenses, reusing solution, toss when their time is due, and have a regular examination. ...Read more

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Can a person blind in one eye wear contact lens in the seeing eye?

Can a person blind in one eye wear contact lens in the seeing eye?

Yes: But make sure your good eye is really good. Get regular check ups and follow ups. ...Read more

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Is it safe to wear band aid contact lens when you are sleeping? My right eye (the scratched one) has a cloudy vision, is it normal?

Bandage contact: A bandage contact lens is used to help corneal abrasions heal and tp keep the patient more comfortable. If this has healed you no longer need the contact lens at night. Cloudy vision sometimes is caused by scarring or swelling of the. Corneal tissue, occasionally the contact lens clouds the vision. ...Read more

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Is it safe to wear one contact lens in my right eye for only two hours. I have a form of pink eye in my left eye which still has some blurred vision.

Is it safe to wear one contact lens in my right eye for only two hours. I have a form of pink eye in my left eye which still has some blurred vision.

Not recommended: Conjunctivitis can spread quickly from one eye to the other. Therefore you should not wear contact lenses at all until the infection is clear. Continuing to wear the contact can increase the risk of worsening infection, corneal injury etc. ...Read more

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I've been wearing prescribed freshlook contact lenses for 4 years now I wear non colored ones but they're uncomfortable to wear why? I tried 2 brands

I've been wearing prescribed freshlook contact lenses for 4 years now I wear non colored ones but they're uncomfortable to wear why? I tried 2 brands

CL discomfort: Contact lenses can be uncomfortable for many reasons. Most common are dry eye, allergies to environment, poor fit of CL, inflammation of surface of eye, wearing CL too long in day or sleeping in them, or sensitivity to the material of the CL. Each problem is treated differently. See eye MD. May take several visits to sort out. ...Read more

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Can you correct one's vision so you don't have to wear glasses / contact lenses? Is it always successful?

Can you correct one's vision so you don't have to wear glasses / contact lenses? Is it always successful?

Yes: For most people, laser can reduce the refractive error in the eyes such that glasses or contacts are no longer necessary. It is one of the most successful surgeries devised by mankind. See an ophthalmologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can wearing colored contact lenses bad for your eyes if you only wear them for one day?

Need fitting: Like for halloween perhaps? It is generally safe to use contact lenses but even if you only use them for one day you should have an eye exam and fitting for lenses. This is so an appropriate curvature can be selected, and to be sure you know how to insert and remove the lens. I have seen people develop a corneal ulcer with less than one day of use, so there is always some risk. ...Read more

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I have recently tried to wear prescription multi-focal contact lenses. How long does it usually take for ones eyes to adjust.

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

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Is it safe to wear colored contact lenses if I have amblyopia in one eye?

Is it safe to wear colored contact lenses if I have amblyopia in one eye?

Yes: Colored contact lens shouldn't worsen amblyopia. Amblyopia is treated by forcing the brain to use the weaker eye and/or correcting the weaker eye's vision. ...Read more

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How to remove bandage contact lens? Is it ok to wear it for a week?

How to remove bandage contact lens? Is it ok to wear it for a week?

Needs evaluation: Bandage lenses are inserted to minimize pain of ocular surface disease and help to promote healing. Generally they are checked in 1-3 days by the ophthalmologist who inserted the lens (you are seeing a real doctor, not an optometrist for eye disease?). You should not have this left in for a week. Return for a recheck. ...Read more

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Is it ok to wear a 1.5 year old contact lens?

Is it ok to wear a 1.5 year old contact lens?

Depends: If it is in the original packaging and is unexpired, it is okay. Otherwise throw it away. Why would you risk your eye? ...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 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 bad is it to wear a torn contact lens?

How bad is it to wear a torn contact lens?

Uncomfortable: A torn lens will be irritating and it may not center well so the vision is less clear. It is simply not optimum but probably not harmful in and of itself, although such a lens will decenter and cause discomfort. ...Read more