What type of contact lenses are available?
Dr. Ashcraft specializes in fitting all types of contact lenses:
- Soft lenses
- Gas permeable
- Torics (for astigmatism)
- OrthoK overnight correction lenses
A variety of options are available and contacts can be worn on a daily, weekly, monthly, 3-month, 6-month, or annual basis.
Why should I consider wearing contacts?
Although glasses have come a long way in recent years to become a fashion statement, there may be times when you just don’t want to wear them. You may want the freedom of seeing without glasses. You may want to enhance your appearance. Depending on your prescription, you may see better with contacts. Contact lenses are great for sports since they follow the eyes and give better peripheral vision.
Even if you don’t want to wear contacts all the time, wouldn’t it be nice to have the option to see without glasses? Give us a call at 310-670-4411 and let’s see what’s possible for you.
Can children wear contact lenses?
Yes! Young children and teens can wear contact lenses with proper lens care. A child’s maturity and responsibility is a better indicator than age. Some benefits include:
- Elevate self esteem and confidence
- Safer than glasses and reduces eye injuries
- Can control nearsightedness
- Allow children to participate in more sports and activities
Most parents are surprised at how well children do with contacts. Most of the problems of the past were not wearing the lenses–most problems were taking care of and not losing the lenses. With daily disposables, these problems are gone.
We have seen many shy, introverted, quiet children come right our of their shell when they start wearing contacts lenses. It can be a total transformation.
We find that for many children, wearing contact lenses part of the time and glasses part of the time is very popular. Even though they are young, kids want to have options and be in control of many decisions.
Can I wear contact lenses if I have astigmatism?
Yes. Contact lenses for people with astigmatism are called toric lenses. Toric lenses come in both soft and gas permeable materials.
Are contact lenses comfortable to wear?
Most people find contacts incredibly comfortable to wear from the onset. Today’s advancements in technology and contact materials have made them more comfortable than ever before. You shouldn’t experience any discomfort once you get the hang of putting on and taking off your contact lenses.
Is my contact lens prescription different from my eyeglass prescription?
Yes—Contact lens prescriptions differ significantly from eyeglass prescriptions. A contact lenses prescription requires different information than glass prescriptions as the contact lens sits directly on the eye while glasses sit approximately 12 millimeters from your eyes. In addition to the lens power, contact lenses also require a base curve and a diameter. A base curve measurement matches the curvature of the lens to your eye and a diameter measurement matches the width of the lens to your eye.
Do I need a separate appointment to get contact lenses?
You will need a contact lens fitting in addition to your annual examination. This can be done at the same time as your eye exam or scheduled for a different time. We need extra time for discussion about what is best and measurements of your eyes and fitting of lenses. We will make it convenient for you to get started in contact lenses.
Is it difficult to take care of contacts?
Advances in technology have made caring for contacts easy to use. Multipurpose solutions make cleaning, disinfecting, and store your contacts simple and convenient. One day contacts allow you to simply wear your contacts for the day and then throw them away.
Can I wear contacts while playing sports?
Contacts are a great option while playing sports. Some benefits include:
- Crisp, clear vision
- You don’t have to worry about them falling off, fogging up, or breaking like glasses
- You won’t experience a loss of peripheral (side) vision like glasses
Can contact lenses get lost behind my eye?
It is impossible to lose contacts behind the eye. At worst, your lens might dislodge under your upper eyelid. If necessary, Dr. Ashcraft can help you locate and remove the lens.
Can contact lenses pop out of my eye?
Not likely. With proper fitting, contacts should stay in place almost all the time. On rare occasions if the contact does move out of place, it usually stays on your eye.
Can contact lenses scratch my eye?
Most eye health issues occur with poorly fitted contact lenses, or not following your doctors recommended lens wear schedule. Remove your contact lens and call your eye practitioner if you are experiencing any unusual eye discomfort or change in vision.
Can contacts slow or control nearsightedness?
Many times yes. We have many children wearing contacts who have either stopped getting worse or slowed down in their progression of their nearsightedness. These lenses are called orthokeratology or CRT (corneal refractive therapy) lenses. They are worn at night and gently reshape the cornea. This process is using a contact lens to do the same thing as is done with the laser in Lasik Refractive Surgery.
But there is one very important factor. It works best with lower prescriptions. If vision is getting worse every year and you wait too long, it may be too late. We offer a free consultation to see if this would work for you.
Can I sleep in my contacts?
Depends on your eyes and the type of contacts. We have many brands of lenses approved for overnight wear from a few days to up to 30 days.
Do contacts offer UV protection?
All Acuvue contact lenses help protect against UV damage of your eyes like cataracts and macular degeneration.
Are eye infections common while wearing contact lenses?
Contact lens health related problem can occur. Eye infections are most commonly related to poor cleaning routines and improper care related issues. You shouldn’t have any problems if you follow your Dr. Ashcraft’s instructions for proper wear and care of your lenses.