Frequently Asked Questions About Contact Lenses
Can I wear contact lenses?
It doesn’t matter who you are or what kind of prescription you have. It doesn’t even matter what kind of lifestyle you have – chances are that you can wear contact lenses. If your optician has shown you how to put them in, take them out, and clean them, then there’s really nothing stopping you.
If you normally wear different glasses for different things, like one pair for reading and another for distance, you probably thought that contact lenses weren’t a possibility. However, we have varifocal contact lenses that combine your different vision needs into one lens. We even have toric lenses, which help correct astigmatism.
Can I wear makeup if I wear contact lenses?
Yes, you can!
For hygiene reasons, it’s better to insert your lenses before putting you make-up on.
You just have to be careful not to get products in your eyes because it can irritate your eyes.
What do I do if I sleep in my contact lens?
If you fall asleep with your lenses in, you might find that they’ve become stuck to the surface of your eye – especially if you are a bit dehydrated.
Do not attempt to remove your lenses if they do not come off easily. Instead, you should leave them in for at least an hour, keep blinking and applying eye drops until your lenses become moist again. It will then be easier to remove the lenses.
If you have any persistent discomfort or redness, feel free to pop in and see us.
There is a type of lens that is designed to be worn for long hours and even overnight: the continuous wear lens. During your appointment, we can tell you if they’re suitable for your eyes or not.
What do I do if my contact lens is stuck in my eye?
First, you have to make sure that the lens is still in your eye. Your eye may still feel that a lens is present if it is irritated, but it may have already fallen out.
If the lens is still at the centre of your eye, with clean hands, try sliding it down towards the bottom of your eye and gently but firmly pinch it from the edges inwards.
Sometimes, the lens can become stuck under your top eyelid. Looking straight ahead in the mirror, tilt your head back slightly and elevate your top lid as far as possible to determine if the lens is there. If you can see it, gently try to slide it down to the bottom of your eye.
If you are still struggling, please come and see us as soon as you can.
Do you have any other questions? Do not hesitate to contact us!