Posted by: Associates in Ophthalmology (NJ) in Eye Health, Optical

If you’re considering contact lenses, it’s essential to have an open and informative discussion with your eye doctor. Your eye doctor can help you determine if contact lenses are right for you and guide you through the process of selecting, wearing, and caring for your lenses. 

Keep reading to learn the top seven questions to ask your eye doctor about contact lenses!

1. Am I a Good Candidate for Contact Lenses?

Not everyone is a suitable candidate for contact lenses. Factors such as the health of your eyes, your prescription, and your lifestyle can all impact your ability to wear contacts comfortably and safely. 

To determine if you are a good candidate for contact lenses, your eye doctor will assess your eyes and discuss your options with you. They may also ask about your daily activities and preferences to help determine if contact lenses are a good fit for you.

2. What Type of Contact Lenses Would be Best for My Eyes and Lifestyle?

There are several types of contact lenses available, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. Daily disposable lenses are convenient and require no cleaning, while extended wear lenses can be worn continuously for several days or weeks. 

Rigid gas permeable lenses offer sharper vision but require a longer adaptation period. These specialty contact lenses may be a good option for some people but not a great one for others.

Your eye doctor will recommend the type of lens that best suits your needs based on your prescription, eye health, and lifestyle.

3. How Often Should I Replace My Contact Lenses?

The replacement schedule for contact lenses varies depending on the type of lens you choose. Some lenses are designed to be replaced daily, while others can be worn for several weeks or even months. 

It’s crucial to follow the replacement schedule recommended by your eye doctor to maintain the health of your eyes and the effectiveness of your lenses. Wearing lenses beyond their intended replacement schedule can increase the risk of eye infections and other complications.

4. How Do I Properly Clean and Store My Contact Lenses?

Proper cleaning and storage of your contact lenses are essential for maintaining eye health and preventing infections. Your eye doctor will provide detailed instructions on how to clean and store your specific type of lenses. 

In general, you’ll need to wash your hands before handling your lenses, use a recommended cleaning solution, and store your lenses in a clean case with fresh solution. Never use tap water or saliva to clean your lenses, as this can introduce harmful bacteria.

5. What Should I Do If I Experience Discomfort or Irritation While Wearing Contact Lenses?

If you experience discomfort or irritation while wearing contact lenses, remove them immediately and consult your eye doctor. Symptoms such as redness, itching, or pain can indicate an eye infection or other complication. 

Your eye doctor will assess your eyes and guide you on how to resolve the issue.

6. What Are the Potential Risks and Complications Associated With Wearing Contact Lenses?

While contact lenses are generally safe and effective, there are some potential risks and complications to be aware of. These include eye infections, corneal abrasions, and allergic reactions to lens materials or cleaning solutions. 

It’s important to know the risks before deciding whether or not contact lenses are right for you.

7. Will Wearing Contact Lenses Affect My Vision or Eye Health in the Long Term?

When used as directed and under the guidance of an eye doctor, contact lenses are unlikely to have significant long-term effects on your vision or eye health. However, it’s essential to have regular eye exams to monitor your eye health and ensure that your lenses are still appropriate for your needs. 

By asking these questions and maintaining open communication with your eye doctor, you can make an informed decision about whether contact lenses are right for you and how to use them safely and effectively.

Do you want to learn more about your contact lens options? Schedule an appointment at Associates in Ophthalmology in Livingston, NJ, today!