We asked Dr. Marcia and Dr. Stuart Glass of Glass Vision Associates in Boca Raton, FL to answer some of the most common questions they receive about Contact Lenses.
Who can wear contacts lenses and at what age can you start?
When to begin wearing contact lens is determined more by maturity than by age. Does the person have good hygiene habits? Is the person responsible enough to always brush their teeth, and keep their room clean? Contact lenses are wonderful, but require proper care. We have fit responsible 10 year olds, but generally ages 12- 13 is a good place to start.
Are glasses better for my eyes than contact lenses?
Glasses may be a better option for some patients with certain prescriptions and or medical conditions, but contacts are currently available for many people. We prescribe many different types of contacts, that can correct for astigmatism, replace bifocals and are also for weekend wear or occasional wear for sports. As a contact lens wearer, it is extremely important to also have an up to date pair of glasses.
Is wearing contacts better for sports activity?
Absolutely! Contacts and sports were made for each other. The peripheral field of view is greatly improved. No worry about glasses breaking, sliding down or fogging during sports.
About five years ago, I was told I was not a good candidate for contacts. I have odd shaped eyes. Are there new options available today?
Five years doesn't seem like a long time, but technological changes in contacts move rapidly. We have wonderful, comfortable, stable lenses that correct for astigmatism in a wide variety of powers. During your next exam, let us show you.
Can I sleep with my contacts? How often should I be changing them?
Sleeping in contacts increases the risks for problems, even with high oxygen lenses. We realize that some patients prefer to sleep in contacts, for those patients we prescribe the highest oxygen lenses available.
How often to change your lens depends on you and the type of lens used?
We prescribe daily replacement and lenses replaced at 2 or 4 weeks. Sometimes patients with allergies or dry eyes must replace them more frequently.
I am worried about putting my finger in my eye. How does someone get used to them?
Many times with new wearers, we suggest that patients practice putting their finger just in front of their eyes, almost, but not quite touching. This usually helps. The problem is in the mind, not the eyes. Contacts are there to help you and make your life better, not hurt you. Most people will do just fine.
I had an exam about 8 months ago. Do I need a separate exam in order to get contacts?
A spectacle exam is a starting point for a contact lens exam. A contact lens prescription is much different than a spec prescription in that it must also specify the curvature and size of the proper lens. If you are 8 months out, we must first recheck to see where you are now, then we can discuss what your contact lens expectations are, and how you will use them. Then we can proceed with the contact lens fitting. That means taking additional measurements, evaluation of tear film, putting diagnostic lenses on and proper follow up and lens care.