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Our eye doctor in Madison, WI answers your questions about contact lenses.  We offer a wide range of soft and gas permeable contact lenses to fit your lifestyle.

Contact Lenses Q&A

Q: Who can wear contact lenses and at what age can you start?

All age groups can wear contact lenses. Whether you plan to use contacts daily or on an occasional basis, there is a lens that fits your vision needs. I would recommend at least 9 years old to begin contacts.

Q: Are glasses better for my eyes than contact lenses?

All contact lense users should have glasses. I personally wear contacts as my main vision correction and wear glasses at night to give my eyes a break from contacts. There are times when glasses may be better in terms of fully correcting a prescription, since contacts may not fully correct all vision needs. However, both are safe and our goal is always to have your eyes be comfortable throughout the day.

Q: Is wearing contacts better for sports activity?

I do like contacts for sports in general, due to the fact that there is a better peripheral vision. Of course, there are times when sports goggles can provide added protection for the eyes.

Q: Should I see an optometrist or an ophthalmologist for my first pair of contacts?

Always see an optometrist, this is our specialty.

Q: 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?

There are so many new options for contacts, I always say that there really is not an eye shape that cannot fit contact. Whether it is a custom soft toric (astigmatism) contact, a hybrid contact (both soft and gas permeable) or a large diameter scleral lens, there are so many options with contacts. Also, a growing segment in contact lenses are for presbyopes, or when reading starts becoming harder without reading glasses, bifocal contacts have become a very good option to take away the need for reading glasses.

Q: Do you carry contacts that can change my eye color?

Yes, there are color contacts or enhancer contacts. We often fit the Air Optix Color contacts or the 1 Day Acuvue Define contacts. Color contacts have gotten much healthier for your eyes with materials becoming as oxygen permeable as a non-colored lens.

Q: Can I sleep with my contacts? How often should I be changing them?

Always adhere to manufacturer guidelines when it comes to replacement schedule for contacts. There are contacts with FDA clearance for overnight wear. Of course, with sleeping with contacts, there is an increased risk for ocular infections. When wearing contacts, if there is any discomfort or pain remove the lens and contact our office.

Q: I am worried about putting my finger in my eye. How does someone get used to this?

The hardest part of the contacts is the initial fitting process. During an initial fit, you are carefully monitored by our staff to assist with the insertion and removal of your contacts. It is amazing once one get a lens in and out for the first time, the fear of touching your eye goes away.

  • Learn more about some of the brands of soft contact lenses we offer.
  • Disposable contact lenses are generally considered to be far superior in comfort and wearability than hard and rigid lenses.
  • A routine exam won’t provide some of the measurements and testing that are required to determine if your eyes are suitable for contact lens wear, and to generate your contact lens Rx.
  • These rigid lenses offer the advantages of durability, crisp vision and high oxygen permeability.
  • Fortunately for those who don’t like the look, feel or inconvenience of reading glasses, there is another option. Bifocal and multifocal lenses are also available in contact lenses in both soft and rigid varieties.
  • Contact lenses offer advantages in the areas of sports and self-esteem. But when is your child old enough for contacts?
  • Introducing the new 1-Day Acuvue Define Color enhancing contact lenses.
  • Certain types of contact lenses and eyeglasses may play a role in slowing the progression of myopia, or nearsightedness.