Vision Care: Frequently Asked Questions About Contact Lenses

If you are new to wearing contact lenses, you may have questions about how to care for your contact lenses and your vision. Here are four frequently asked questions that contact wearers ask during an eye exam.

How Long Can I Wear My Contact Lenses?

On a daily basis, most people can wear their contact lenses for up to 16 hours a day. However, if you feel like your eyes are dry or your contacts are irritating your eyes after only 8 to 10 hours, you may want to remove them. 

Keep in mind that contact lenses have recommended life spans as well. It is a good idea to look at the recommended time frame and stick to that. Some contact lenses are good to wear for two weeks to a full month. There are also disposable contacts that are good for one wearing. Following the instructions about the wear life time of your contacts can help reduce your risk of eye infections.

How Long Will It Take for Me to Get Used to Wearing Contact Lenses?

Unfortunately there is no standard number of hours or days before a person gets used to wearing contact lenses. However most people often say that they are used to how contact lenses feel in their eyes after a few days. After wearing your contact lenses for one or two weeks, most people have adjusted to the routine of putting in their contact lenses and taking them out. If after a week, you are still having discomfort wearing your contacts, you may want to get in touch with your eye doctor. Your eye doctor may recommend a different type of contact lens that might be more comfortable for you.

Can I Clean My Contact Lenses with Tap Water?

In order to minimize the risk of an eye infection, it is important to keep your contacts clean. Contact lens solutions and cleansers are made specifically to keep your contacts clean and in the best condition possible.

Using water may seem like a safe alternative, but it is not! Your contact lenses absorb whatever liquid they come in contact with. Water can contain impurities that your contacts could absorb.  If you put a contaminated contact lens into your eye, you could develop a serious eye infection. Stick to the sterile contact lens solutions and cleansers that are recommended for your contact lenses.

Can I Buy Contact Lenses Without a Prescription?

You may realize that your vision could be improved if you had glasses or contact lenses. Although there are many options for purchasing contact lenses, online or in a store, a contact lens prescription is required in order to buy contacts. Prescriptions are usually good for one calendar year. The main reason you need a prescription is due to fact that contact lenses are a medical device. The contact lenses you will buy will need to be compatible with your vision needs. It is also very important that when you are putting something new and foreign on your eye, that the item is safe for your eyes and vision health. Schedule a contact lens eye exam with your local eye doctor to ensure that you get the contact lenses that are best for you.

Save on Contact Lens Eye Exams with Vision Insurance

We hope that these frequently asked questions and answers about contact lenses have been helpful. If you are considering contact lenses, you may also want to consider getting vision insurance to help pay for your eye exam and contact lenses. The great thing about VSP Direct is that you can purchase a plan anytime and begin using it almost immediately. VSP Direct can help you find a vision insurance plan that may cost you as little as $17 per month.  Look for a vision insurance plan now or simply call 1-800-785-0699 for information about a vision plan for you.