Most people who are new to wearing contact lenses may want to know how to take care of them, how to correctly put them in, and the various styles and options available. At Child & Family Eyecare in Wichita, KS, many of our patients visit us for the first time looking to be fitted for contact lenses. Following are the answers to several questions our optometrist frequently receives regarding contact lenses.
Are Contact Lenses Safe?
Yes, contact lenses are safe. When you practice proper care and maintenance of your contacts, you are ensuring your eyes remain safe and healthy for as long as you wear them.
Can Lenses get Lost Behind my Eye?
Lenses cannot get lost behind your eye because it is nowhere for them to go. While you may not be able to lose a lens, it can slide high up under the eyelid and make it hard for you to find it. A softer lens can easily roll up making it challenging to find. However, you can easily flush your eyes with saline or water, allowing the lens to float out of your eye.
There are rare instances where the lens may stick to the conjunctiva. If this ever happens, you can try to apply a wetting solution to the lens and wait about 60 seconds before trying to remove the lens. If a lens repeatedly sticks, you may need to visit your eye doctor because this means that your lens is not correctly fitted and should be replaced.
Is There an Age Requirement to Wear Contact Lenses?
There is no age requirement for contact lenses. It depends on how responsible you are. There have been frequent uses of contact lenses in premature infants who have experienced problems with their vision. People of all ages can safely and effectively wear lenses with proper care and maintenance.
Does it Hurt to Wear Contact Lenses?
It is normal to experience fear when putting foreign objects into your eyes. However, contacts are healthy to wear. Many people who wear contacts for the first time are surprised at how comfortable they are. It is important to get your lens fitted accurately by an optometrist to eliminate or reduce irritation that is related to wearing new lenses.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Optometrist in Wichita, KS
Call Child & Family Eyecare today at (316) 721-8877 for more information on contact lenses or to schedule an appointment with our optometrist.