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Contact Lenses FAQ from Our Optometrist in Columbia, MO

Many people choose to correct their vision by wearing eyeglasses. While these provide a simple solution, there are those who would like another alternative when it comes to improving their vision. If you've been thinking about getting contact lenses, but aren't sure what to expect, here are some frequently asked questions and answers, that can help you make a more informed decision.

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Does Wearing Contact Lenses Hurt?

This is one of the biggest concerns people have when deciding whether or not they should try contact lenses. The truth of the matter is, they do take some getting used to, but they are not painful to wear. Depending on which kind of contact lenses you get, your eyes may have to adjust to them by wearing them only for a few hours at a time before you're able to wear them all day. Our optometrist will give you a wearing schedule to help your eyes adjust to the lenses.

Can I Wear My Contacts All the Time?

After your eyes get adjusted to wearing your contact lenses, will be able to wear them 10-12 hours a day. We recommend taking out your contact lenses an hour or two before going to bed, to help give your eyes a break from them. There are certain times you shouldn't wear your contact lenses. Some of these times include:

  • When you're sleeping
  • When you're in the water
  • When you're around irritating vapors
  • If your vision gets worse while wearing them
  • If you feel pain in your eye

By wearing your contacts when you're not supposed to, you could be increasing your chances of getting an eye infection or they can cause your eye to become, red, swollen, and irritated.

What Are Extended Wear Contacts?

Extended wear contacts are different than daily wear ones because they can be worn while you are asleep. Extended wear contact lenses are made with a material called silicone hydrogel, which is a substance that allows more oxygen to the cornea. Extended wear contacts can be worn from 7 to 30 days (depending on the brand) without having to remove them.

How Do I Care for My Contacts?

When you're not wearing your contacts, you will need to soak them in a special type of solution, one recommended by the optometrist. You'll also need to ensure you wash your hands before handling them as to avoid getting an eye infection.

Can I Still Wear Contacts If I Have Astigmatism?

If you’ve been diagnosed with an eye condition, such as astigmatism, presbyopia, keratoconus, or Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC), we offer specialty lenses for hard to fit cases.

Contact Our Local Optometrist in Columbia for More Information on Contacts

If you are considering getting contact lenses and you would like to schedule a contact lens exam with our optometrist, you can do so by calling Andrew Stone Optometry at 573-445-7750. We are conveniently located at 2012 Cherry Hill Dr. Suite 201 in Columbia MO.

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