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
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.
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.
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.
Always see an optometrist, this is our specialty.
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.
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.
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.
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.