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Overwearing contact lenses: red eye treatment


Overwearing contact lenses: red eye treatment

What are the side effects from overwearing contact lenses, and what is contact lens overwear syndrome? As you may know, eye doctors have a recommendation for how long you can wear contacts before the lenses start to cause fatigue and strain on your eyes. This can vary depending on the type of contact lens that you wear. Most contact lenses on the market today are soft contact lenses which allow for high oxygen permeability, and can thus be worn for a longer period of time.

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How to tell if contact is inside out?


How to tell if contact is inside out?

What changes if you put your lenses on inside out? Do you perceive any difference in your vision? Though it may seem obvious, for some how to put contacts in and how to take contacts out is not so intuitive. If you’ve put your contacts in inside out, you’ll know immediately. Most contact lenses are made to ensure the maximum amount of comfort when you wear them. Soft contact lenses especially, require little to no time for adjustment when you start wearing them, because they adhere perfectly to the surface of your eyes. If you put your contacts in and immediately perceive discomfort and irritation, you may have put your contact lens on inside out.

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Can you wear contacts with a stye or chalazion?


Can you wear contacts with a stye or chalazion?

It’s been a stressful period and your body’s immune system is starting to feel the consequences. You feel run-down and can feel a stye coming on one of your eyes. Can you wear contacts with a stye or chalazion? What causes them and what’s the difference between the two?

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Can you use eyedrops with contacts? Or artificial tears?


Can you use eyedrops with contacts? Or artificial tears?

If you wear contact lenses, sooner or later you’re bound to experience it -- dry eyes. When your eyes don’t make enough natural tears to keep your eyes hydrated, or the tears that are produced dry out too quickly, the result is an uncomfortable, dry sensation in your eyes, aptly named dry eyes. Symptoms of the condition can include itchy, tired or red eyes, as well as a stinging sensation in the eyes.

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How to fix dry eyes from contacts?


 How to fix dry eyes from contacts?

If you’re a seasoned wearer of contact lenses, you’ve probably come across it at some point: dry eyes. Dry eyes is an eye condition in which your eyes don’t make enough natural tears to keep your eyes properly hydrated, or when the tears that your eyes do produce dry out too quickly. Symptoms of dry eye include red, itchy or sore eyes, eyes that feel excessively tired or fatigued, a stinging sensation in the eyes or even light sensitivity and blurred vision.

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Can you wear contacts straight from the package?


 Can you wear contacts straight from the package?

Disposable contact lenses should always be delivered to you already submerged in saline solution and sealed in plastic packaging. If your contact lenses are delivered to you and you see that the packaging is not sealed, or the lenses are not already covered in solution, do not use the lenses.

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Blue light contacts or blue light glasses over contacts?


Blue light contacts or blue light glasses over contacts?

We’ve been hearing talk of blue light, and how harmful it can be for our eyes and our health for a while now, but what exactly is “blue light”? Blue light refers to the range of the visible light spectrum that has the highest frequency and energy intensity.

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How to store contact lenses? What if you have no case?


How to store contact lenses? What if you have no case?

If you use bi-weekly or monthly contact lenses, it’s important to establish a proper contact lens care routine to maintain the quality of your contact lenses and to keep your eyes healthy! Every contact lens care routine starts with knowing how long you can effectively wear your lenses before you need to switch them out with fresh ones, and knowing how to take care of the lenses until it’s time that they are replaced.

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Is bad eyesight genetic? Can your children inherit it?


Is bad eyesight genetic? Can your children inherit it?

What exactly is at the root of poor eyesight? Is bad eyesight hereditary? Does it stem from our own behavioral patterns or are our parents to blame for our fuzzy vision? It’s not as simple as “My father was nearsighted, so I will have myopia” -- poor eyesight is not the result of specific dominant or recessive traits passed down from one generation to the next.

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Color blindness contacts: what to know


 Color blindness contacts: what to know

Color blindness is a condition in which the brain is unable to distinguish between certain colors, thus resulting in a “blindness” for some colors. More accurately referred to as color deficiency, it is an inherited condition that affects the way some light-sensitive cells, called cone cells, in the retina respond to different wavelengths of light. Cone cells allow us to distinguish colors by reacting with different wavelengths of light, sending signals that are interpreted by the brain.

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Food good for eyes: everything you need to know


 Food good for eyes: everything you need to know

If you’re looking to find the best food for eyesight improvement, look no further. While it’s true that decline in clarity of vision is a natural result of aging, you can prolong the health of your eyes and vision by leading a healthy lifestyle and taking care of your eyes. This includes eating right and giving your eyes the nutrients they need. Studies suggest that there are certain vitamins and minerals that are essential for the proper functioning of your eyes, so it’s important to include them in your diet.

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How are contacts made? A comprehensive guide


 How are contacts made? A comprehensive guide

Gaze upon your contact lenses in wonder, for they are the result of centuries of scientific research and engineering! It can be hard to believe that those two tiny little pieces of plastic can completely change the way you see, and are nearly invisible when you wear them.

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Showering with contacts: what to know


 Showering with contacts: what to know

Can you wear contacts in the shower? For most people, wearing contact lenses in the shower happens by accident. However, showering with your contact lenses isn’t a great idea, both for the quality of the contact lenses as well as the health of the wearer. So, what happens if you shower with contacts?

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Can you wear contacts to the beach?


 Can you wear contacts to the beach?

Summer is here, and with it come fresh, new perils for your contact lenses! During the summer months, contact lens wearers should take extra care to make sure they are practicing proper care for the lenses and their eye health - that includes leaving your contact lenses at home during your next trip to the beach.

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Can you cry with contacts in? Is it bad?


 Can you cry with contacts in? Is it bad?

No matter what the reason -- a break up, chopped onions or a sappy love song -- more likely than not you will cry at one point while wearing your contact lenses. It’s a common misconception that it is dangerous for you, or that it may damage your lenses in some way to cry when wearing your contact lenses. Those who have ever cried while wearing their contact lenses know that often you may wind up with cloudy vision afterward. If you’re wondering if you can cry with contacts, fear not, the additional tears will not damage your lenses. In fact, tears play an essential role in keeping your eyes moist and healthy so that you can wear your contact lenses comfortably.

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Multifocal lenses: what you should know


 Multifocal lenses: what you should know

As we age, it can become increasingly difficult for our eyes to focus on things up close. This is due to a condition called presbyopia, which becomes increasingly common in individuals over the age of 40, occurs when the lenses of our eyes become less flexible. This increased rigidity makes it increasingly difficult for our eyes to focus on objects up close.

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How to remove hard contacts (gas permeable)


 How to remove hard contacts (gas permeable)

As opposed to other contact lenses types, removing hard contact lenses usually requires less hassle due to their increased rigidity, while soft contact lenses can be more difficult since they are made to conform to the corneas. Hard contact lenses on the other hand retain their shape on the eye, making them easier to remove. There are a few different methods you can try to take contacts out, even if they get stuck in your eye.

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Can you wear reading glasses with contacts?


 Can you wear reading glasses with contacts?

It might sound counterintuitive to ask yourself “Can I wear reading glasses with contacts?” but the reality is that wearing both contacts and reading glasses is common among older patients who need vision correction to see from a distance and are starting to show signs of presbyopia. It’s one solution to deal with multiple refractive errors that some people may develop in their eyesight during their lifetimes.

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Can you wear contact lenses for reading?


 Can you wear contact lenses for reading?

As people age, especially for people over the age of 40, vision begins to change. If you’re asking yourself “why do my contacts get blurry?” and it becomes harder to focus on things that are closer to your eyes, causing blurred vision, even while wearing your contacts, you may be starting to develop a condition called presbyopia.

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Hard contact lenses vs soft pro & cons


 Hard contact lenses vs soft pro & cons

While soft contact lenses have become increasingly popular in recent years, some people still prefer hard contact lenses. But what are the differences between hard contact lenses vs soft?

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Gas permeable lenses: the definitive guide


 Gas permeable lenses: the definitive guide

Gas permeable lenses, also called GP lenses, are “rigid” lenses that are made up of different types of plastics. As opposed to soft silicone hydrogel contact lenses, GP lenses retain their shape better, giving them more a “rigid” feel during wear while still allowing oxygen to pass through the lens and reach the corneas.

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Can contacts fix astigmatism? And how?


 Can contacts fix astigmatism? And how?

You’ve just been to your first eye exam, and it turns out that you have an astigmatism in one or both of your eyes. Now you’re wondering, “Can contacts fix astigmatism?”.

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How to put in astigmatism contacts (toric)?


 How to put in astigmatism contacts (toric)?

If you have astigmatism, by now you know that traditional soft lenses can’t effectively correct your vision because they tend to move around on your corneas. Due to the corneas’ irregular shape, people who have astigmatism need to wear a specific kind of lens that is able to correctly refract light onto their retinas and that won’t swirl around every time they blink, causing them to move out of focus.

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Can you get colored contacts with astigmatism?


 Can you get colored contacts with astigmatism?

Due to the irregular shape of the corneas, people who have astigmatism aren’t able to use traditional spherical soft contact lenses to correct their vision - they must wear a specific type of lens, toric contact lenses for astigmatism, in order to correct their vision.

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What if you accidentally used expired contact lens solution?


 What if you accidentally used expired contact lens solution?

Are you freaking out because you realized you’ve accidentally used expired contact lens solution to soak your new contact lenses? Don’t ignore the expiration date. You can’t use expired contact lens solution to clean your lenses, so it’s not a good idea to try wearing those lenses anyway.

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Can contact lenses cause headaches? Why?


 Can contact lenses cause headaches? Why?

For many people, contact lenses have become the ideal solution for vision correction, and it’s not hard to see why -- they are more comfortable than glasses, when you have them on, no one can tell that you’re wearing them, and online contacts retailers make it easy to refill your prescription. Best of all, you can order contacts online with insurance and have them shipped right to your door.

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Which contact lenses can you sleep in?


 Which contact lenses can you sleep in?

It’s totally normal after a long day at work or a late night out for people to accidentally fall asleep without first removing their contacts. If this has ever happened to you, you probably came to regret sleeping with your contacts in the following morning.

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How long do contact lens prescriptions last?


 How long do contact lens prescriptions last?

If you’re already someone who wears contact lenses, you know that to be able to order contact lenses online, you need to present a valid contact lens prescription, since you can’t order contact lenses with expired prescriptions. You’ll also have noticed that when you go to get your eyes checked by your OD, they always give you a copy of your contact lens prescription when the exam is finished, even if you haven’t specifically asked for it.

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How to remove contact lenses without pinching?


How to remove contact lenses without pinching?

For many people, the thought of having to put in contact lenses, bringing your fingers into such close contact with your eye, is enough to send shivers down your spine. Once you’ve mustered up the courage to learn how to put contacts in, you find that the process is quick and easy. But at the end of the day comes the hard part, you somehow have to find a way to take them out again without poking yourself in the eye.

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Contact lenses types: everything you need to know


Contact lenses types: everything you need to know

When it comes to ordering contact lenses, there are a multitude of different lens types. You can order nearly all kinds of contact lenses online, and shipped to your door, from daily contact lenses to weekly contact lenses or monthly contact lenses.

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Contact lens recycling and contact lens case recycling


Contact lens recycling and contact lens case recycling

Environmental sustainability is an issue that is growing in concern among the public, especially young people. Companies are increasingly being held accountable for the impacts they generate and called upon to be responsible corporate citizens, conducting their business in a more sustainable way.

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Contact lenses material: what are contacts made of?


Contact lenses material: what are contacts made of?

Contact lenses are produced in a variety of different materials in order to guarantee the comfort, breathability and lasting moisture of the lens. Generally, the composition of the contact lenses is something that you will decide together with your eye doctor in order to provide for the best possible corrections to your specific needs. In any case, it doesn't hurt to do your homework and find out exactly what is used to make up those little pliable lenses.

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Can I get contacts with an expired prescription?


Can I get contacts with an expired prescription?

It may seem a little inconvenient to have to schedule an eye exam each year just to renew your contact lens prescription. Maybe you’re even asking yourself,"Can you buy contacts with an expired prescription?". Well, there's a good reason why you can’t buy contact lenses with expired prescriptions!

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How old do you have to be to wear colored contacts?


How old do you have to be to wear colored contacts?

Sooner or later, your myopic youngster is bound to want to leave glasses behind and move on to contacts, whether for their superior comfort or for aesthetic appeal. But can kids wear contacts? What is the right age for your child to start wearing contacts, even colored contacts? Every child is different, so there is no single age at which a child becomes ready to wear contacts.

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How to clean and sterilize a contact lens case?


How to clean and sterilize a contact lens case?

For many people, contact lenses offer superior comfort and are more aesthetically pleasing compared to glasses. But contact lenses need to be well kept and properly cared for in order to ensure corrected vision and good eye health. Providing proper care for your contact lenses is fundamental, since inconsistent cleaning and hydration of the lenses can lead to damage of the lenses and even infections in the eye.

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When and where were contact lenses invented?


When and where were contact lenses invented?

It might be hard to believe, but those small hydrogel silicone prosthetic devices we use to correct our vision and that fit on the tip of your finger are the result of centuries of research and innovation. The story of the contact lens as we know it today starts nearly five hundred years ago with veritable Renaissance Man Leonardo da Vinci and a bowl of water.

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Can you wear contacts with astigmatism?


Can you wear contacts with astigmatism?

Eyes that have an astigmatism refract light onto two focal points in the retina due to an irregularity in the curvature of the cornea or the lens. The duality of the refraction of light through astigmatic corneas or lenses can result in blurred vision both at short and long distances.

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Are contact lens prescriptions the same as glasses?


Are contact lens prescriptions the same as glasses?

We get asked a lot of questions by people who are just starting to consider using contact lenses. Some of the most common questions we receive are:

1. Can people with astigmatism wear contacts?
2. How long can you wear contacts?
3. Are contact lens prescriptions different than glasses prescriptions?

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Can you put contact solution in your eyes with contacts?


Can you put contact solution in your eyes with contacts?

If you wear contacts, at some point you’ve found yourself questioning whether or not you can put contact solution in your eyes. It generally would make sense. You wash your contacts in it, why shouldn’t you be able to use it as a rinse?

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Is it safe to wear contact lenses while cooking?


Is it safe to wear contact lenses while cooking?

Contact lenses have a variety of rumors associated with them, such as lenses getting stuck behind your eye, or melting if you wear them too long in the sun. One of the most flagrant rumors about contacts is whether or not you can cook while wearing them. However, it’s just a rumor. Yes, you can absolutely cook while wearing contacts.

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How long can contact lenses be out of solution? Can I rehydrate them?


How long can contact lenses be out of solution? Can I rehydrate them?

It’s happened to every contact lens wearer at some point. Maybe you forgot to close the lid all the way, or maybe it fell out and you misplaced it. We’ve all had to deal with a dried up contact. And while the simplest solution is to simply throw it out and get a new one, you may not be able to do that. Fortunately, there are ways to rehydrate a contact lens that’s been left out.

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Is contact lenses delivery safe?


Is contact lenses delivery safe?

Contacts are so important, and millions of people rely on them to see clearly every day. But with everything that’s been in the news recently, there are surely some questions and concerns when it comes to getting your contacts. You may be wondering, ‘how safe is it to order them online?’ Fortunately, the experts at Contacts Direct are here to help alleviate your concerns.

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9-year-old sheds light on the dangers of blue light


9-year-old sheds light on the dangers of blue light

Joey Kitchell, a 9-year-old third grader at Parker Woods Montessori in Cincinnati, Ohio, noticed a trend among his classroom peers. Many of his friends, himself included, were glued to their Kindle, computers and mobile devices throughout the course of the day.

According to CNN, when it comes to consuming media on screens, including laptops, smartphones and tablets, teens, on average, spend more than six and a half hours on screens and tweens more than four and a half hours.

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How Do I Put Contacts In?


How Do I Put Contacts In?

The idea of seeing perfectly without clunky glasses sitting on your face can be very enticing. However, actually putting in contacts can be difficult, especially for people new to contact lenses. With these tips, you will be able to find the easiest way to put in contacts.

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Are Colored Contacts Safe For Your Eyes?


Are Colored Contacts Safe For Your Eyes

As a contact wearer, eye health and safety should be top priorities for you to ensure the long-lasting wellness of your vision. Whether you’re new to contacts, a life-long wearer of corrective lenses, or you’re looking for something new, you may be thinking about changing things up.

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What Happens When You Leave Contact Lenses in Too Long


What Happens When You Leave Contact Lenses in Too Long

It’s a question we often get. “How long can I wear my contacts for and what would happen if I wore them longer than the recommended time?”

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What to Expect During a Contact Lens Fitting with Doctor


What to Expect During a Contact Lens Fitting with Doctor

Contacts afford their wearers a freedom that glasses just cannot match. And as contacts become more advanced and affordable, you may be thinking about making the switch. If you’ve been considering getting contacts, the first step is speaking with your optometrist.

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The DOs and DON'Ts of Wearing Contacts


The DOs and DON'Ts of Wearing Contacts

There are a variety of benefits to wearing contacts. They can help improve your vision without affecting your appearances, interfering with sports, and other activities. They provide better peripheral vision and offer a wide selection of types to fit your lifestyle.

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How to fix blurry contact lenses


How to fix blurry contact lenses

Contacts can make life so much easier than wearing glasses. Over 45 million Americans wear contacts, and while most people don’t have an issue, certain problems tend to come up. One recurring issue that many contact wearers have is blurry contacts. Blurry contact lenses can be extremely annoying, especially if they keep happening.

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Best Contacts for dry eyes


Best Contacts for dry eyes

If you wear contacts, chances are you’ve experienced a watery, burning sensation in your eyes on more than one occasion. While very common, it can be extremely uncomfortable, and can have a host of different causes, from irritants to allergies. Fortunately, once the cause is determined, it’s fairly easily rectified.

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Reasons your contacts are giving you dry eyes


Reasons your contacts are giving you dry eyes

Contacts are a marvel of human ingenuity, but sometimes, they do more harm than good. Redness while wearing contact lenses can indicate several different problems, from a simple irritation to a more serious inflammation. Contact lenses are a foreign entity in your eye, and with them several problems can occur. If you begin to develop red eyes while wearing contact lenses, it’s important to pay attention to this warning sign, as it may be a symptom of a much more serious affliction.

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Why are my eyes watery with contacts


Why are my eyes watery with contacts

If you wear contacts, chances are you’ve experienced a watery, burning sensation in your eyes on more than one occasion. While very common, it can be extremely uncomfortable, and can have a host of different causes, from irritants to allergies. Fortunately, once the cause is determined, it’s fairly easily rectified.

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Understanding Your Contact Lens Prescription


Understanding Your Contact Lens Prescription

"Your contact lens prescription can be a bit challenging to understand," said Dr. Wende of ContactsDirect."The numbers and abbreviations on the label can appear to have been written in some kind of alien language." While this is how you might feel sometimes, your prescription provides specific information to contact lens distributors that ensures your contact lenses are safe, comfortable and provide optimum vision.

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What Are The Best Type of Contact Lenses to Wear?


What Are The Best Type of Contact Lenses to Wear?

"'What are the best contact lenses?' is a question I get asked all the time from my patients who are new to contact lenses," said Dr. Wende of ContactsDirect."I tell them that it is different for every person and there are a lot of brands out there that offer unique features."

In the United States, the most commonly prescribed type of contact lenses is soft lenses, which are more comfortable to wear, stay in place better and are easier to adjust. Soft lenses allow oxygen to pass through the contact lens to the cornea to increase comfort and maintain eye health. Here are some of the best contact lenses brands for soft lenses...

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How much does it cost to get contacts?


How much does it cost to get contacts?

Are you considering making the switch to contact lenses after wearing glasses for as long as you can remember? Perhaps you are ready for a change, or perhaps you just found out that you need a prescription to improve your vision. Either way, one of the first things that you will likely think about is the cost of contact lenses. At ContactsDirect, we understand that life is expensive and we want you to be honestly informed about the cost of purchasing contact lenses. We also want to remind you to help yourself out by taking advantage of our price match guarantee!

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Possible Causes and Solutions to Contact Lens Irritation


Possible Causes and Solutions to Contact Lens Irritation

If you’ve been wearing contact lenses for any length of time, you’ve likely experienced some level of irritation at some point. The level of discomfort can range from mild eye irritation from contacts, to serious and potentially sight-threatening infections.

If your eyes are frequently red, sore or swollen after wearing contact lenses, you probably suffer from contact lens irritation. Contact lens irritation can also cause dry eyes, blurred vision and a consistent feeling that there is something in your eye (more than just that contact lens!). Before any irritation becomes worse, here are some possible causes and solutions to contact lens irritation:

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Dry Eyes & Contacts


Dry Eyes & Contacts

Over 30 million people in the United States wear contact lenses. Sometimes, you can develop a condition called dry eye syndrome where your contacts can become uncomfortable. “Dry eyes with contacts is what we call it when eyes don’t produce tears properly or don’t make enough fluid to keep your eyes lubricated and comfortable,” said Dr. Joe Wende, Medical Director for ContactsDirect.

Dry eyes can be caused by several issues, such as damage to the tear glands or skin around the eyes, autoimmune conditions, medicines, hormonal changes, allergies and aging eyes. Dry eyes may cause pain, burning, a gritty feeling or blurred vision. But you don’t have to give up wearing contact lenses if you have dry eyes. Here are some of the best contact lenses for dry eyes*:

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Why Drivers Should Carry Spare Contacts


Why Drivers Should Carry Spare Contacts

People are more active nowadays than ever before and for contact lens wearers this can mean taking extra precautions when you are out and about. Contacts don’t generally fall out of your eyes on their own, but vigorous activity or activities involving water can increase your risk of losing a lens. (For more information about water sports and contacts click here - https://www.contactsdirect.com/is-it- safe-to- swim-in- my- contacts ). No matter where you go or what you’re doing, it’s always a good idea to bring a spare pair of contacts, especially for the drive home.

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How Many Hours Per Day Can I Wear Contact Lenses?


How Many Hours Per Day Can I Wear Contact Lenses?

For lifelong glasses-wearers or those new to contacts, it can be difficult to determine how long to wear contacts each day. With a wide variety of lenses available, the specific directions and differences between the types of contacts can be intimidating and slightly overwhelming. For example, contact lens use can range from daily and one-time wear, to FDA- approved overnight lenses, thus creating a variation in how long contact lenses can be worn. However, here at ContactsDirect, we are here to dispel rumors and to let you know once and for all how long you can leave contact lenses in.

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When do Contact Lenses Expire?


Daily vs Monthly Lenses

We all know foods like fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy products go bad, usually much quicker than we’d like. However, your contact lenses are also susceptible to the same demise. While they don’t spoil as quickly, contact lenses can and will go bad under the right circumstances. In order to avoid any eye infections and other expired contact lens symptoms, it is best to be aware of the status of contacts, as well as to adhere to the information below.

All contact lenses come with an expiration date, which can easily go unnoticed. These numbers are found on the package itself and are listed by year/month. The expiration dates on contact lenses are based off of the date they were manufactured, not the date of purchase. However, these dates tend to be far in advance, typically around five or six years away. While five or six years seems far away, life is busy, and it can be easy to lose track of the expiration date of your contact lenses. While an unintentional mistake, the effects of wearing expired contact lenses can be detrimental.

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Daily vs Monthly Lenses


Daily vs Monthly Lenses

When it comes to contact lenses, there are hundreds of options and features to choose from. For the novice contact lens wearer, it can be daunting to make a decision. “There is no single contact lens that will be perfect for everyone,” Dr. Wende says. “Finding the right lens requires weighing the benefits of each option for your unique prescription and needs.” A good place to start when deciding on contact lenses is whether you want to have daily disposable or monthly disposable lenses. Both have benefits and detriments and only you and your doctor can decide what’s going to work best.

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What is the Best Contact Solution to Use?


What is the Best Contact Solution to Use?

Aside from deciding what type of contact lenses are best for your eyes, one of the most difficult decisions for contact lens-wearers is choosing the best type of contact solution. Everyone’s eyes are unique and require different care practices, thus, there is no one best contact solution brand. While it’s important to talk to your eye doctor about what solution is best for you, it’s also important to know the benefits and shortcomings of the different kinds of contact lens solution on the market.

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My Contacts Dried Out!


My Contacts Dried Out!

Almost every contact lens wearer will at some point have to deal with a dried up contact. Maybe you don’t wear your contacts every day and you open a case only to find that they have dried up. Maybe you do wear them everyday, but forgot to bring solution to soak them in on an overnight trip. There are lots of reasons your contacts could have dried up and in some cases you can rehydrate them and be good to go, but in other circumstances you should never put that contact back in your eye.

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How to Use Your FSA Dollars


How to Use Your FSA Dollars

October has arrived, which means the end of the year is rapidly approaching. As you begin to wrap up the year and prepare for the upcoming holiday season, don’t forget to keep up- to-date on the status of your vision insurance benefits and Flexible Spending Account (FSA) dollars. As the end of the year approaches, here at ContactsDirect.com, we do our best to make sure our website and call centers are fully monitored and staffed in order to answer any possible questions or concerns surrounding your leftover FSA dollars and insurance benefits—including how to use them. However, now is a good time to beat the rush and take care of those questions.

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Can A Contact Lens Get Lost Behind My Eye?


Can A Contact Lens Get Lost Behind My Eye?

If you are a contact lens wearer, or thinking about becoming one, this question has most likely crossed your mind at one point or another. If you have asked yourself this question, you will be happy to learn that it is, in fact, impossible for this to occur. Don’t believe it? The ContactsDirect team is here to explain why.

Fortunately, your eye protects this from happening due to the conjunctiva, which is the thin, moist lining that is on the eye’s inner surface. The conjunctiva folds back at the back of your eye, becoming the outer cover of the white part of your eyeball. In simpler words, the conjunctiva prevents anything from going behind the eye or from getting stuck behind the eye...

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Can You Put Your Contact Lenses in Water?


Can You Put Your Contact Lenses in Water?

"Okay, let's get straight to the answer," said Dr. Lahr of Contacts direct."The firm answer is no, you cannot use water as a contact solution. Using tap water, bottled or even distilled water is never the substitute for contact lens solution."

Tap water is not salty like tears are so contact lenses absorb the water and swell. They hold onto it and this causes a problem. It is not sterile and contains microorganisms. If your lens wells, it changes how the actual contact lens fits on your eye and it will will often times make it tight on the eye. “You can also create microscopic breaks in your cornea that microorganisms can get into, which can create infections."

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Why Are My Contacts Blurry?


Why Are My Contacts Blurry?

Over 37 million people in the United States wear contact lenses. However, sometimes contact wearers resort back to their glasses because of their blurry vision. A blurry contact lens can lead to frustration, stress and difficulty completing everyday tasks. Here are some possible causes and solutions to blurry vision while wearing contacts...

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The Most Popular Contact Lens Brands


The Most Popular Contact Lens Brands

If you are already a contact lens wearer, you most likely already have a favorite brand of lenses. However, if you are thinking about making the switch from glasses to contacts and becoming a contact lens wearer, you probably would like to know information about each of the top brands. Being informed about the brands will help you and your doctor to make the decision of which brand is best for you. Fortunately, at ContactsDirect we sell all of the top brands in order to help make your contact lens purchasing as easy and reliable as possible! Read on to learn information about each of the top brands....

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What Athletes Need to Know About Wearing Contacts


What Athletes Need to Know About Wearing Contacts

Have you ever watched a football game and saw teammates on their hands and knees on the field searching for a players’ lost contact? It happens from time to time and without spare contacts on the sideline, the player would be in major trouble.

Michael Peters, O.D. who works with many professional athletes and sports teams, addresses every aspect of this vital component of elite athletics in his book...

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The importance of UV protection year round for contact lens wearers


The importance of UV protection year round for contact lens wearers

It's easy to think you only need to worry about ultraviolet (UV) protection for your eyes during the summer months. However, in reality this is something that you should take care of and be aware of year round.

It's also common to only associate UV protection with protecting your skin, but many individuals don't realize that eyes are also vulnerable to damage from harmful UV rays...

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What effect does smoking have on contact lenses?


What effect does smoking have on contact lenses?

Most people who smoke do so with an understanding of the adverse effects it will have on their health. However, many people don't know how much damage smoking can cause to their eye sight.

Dr. John Lahr, the Medical Director for EyeMed Vision Care, says smoking can cause damage to a person's eye in different ways...

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Know the dangers of decorative contact lenses for Halloween


Know the dangers of decorative contact lenses for Halloween

As the weather starts to drop, scary costumes and spooky decorations become a common sight around Halloween. According to CNN, more than 171 million Americans will celebrate Halloween this year. Dollars spent on decorations, candy, costumes and more will reach $8.4 billion in 2016.

A more popular costume trend in recent years has been decorative contacts. Don't drop your candy out of your hand when you see devil or zombie contact lenses at your doorstep during Trick-or-Treat...

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Helpful makeup tips for contact lens wearers


Helpful makeup tips for contact lens wearers

According to the American Optometric Association, how makeup interacts with your contact lenses can be one of the biggest challenges that contact lens wearers face.

How to prevent common problems related to wearing makeup and contact lenses is easy once you know some quick tips. Picking the right makeup products and applying them carefully will help you stay away from these issues...

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What age should children start wearing contacts?


What age should children start wearing contacts?

This is a question that parents frequently ask eye doctors when their children receive an eye prescription. Ultimately, there is no single answer to this question because every child is unique.

However, there are certain factors that can influence the decision that you make for your child in regards to wearing contacts instead of glasses...

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How to properly clean your contact lenses


How to properly clean your contact lenses

Over the years we've heard many contact lens wearers tell us that they take their contacts out in a hurry at the end of the day and throw them right in the case so they can get to sleep. Alternatively, maybe you are in a rush to get to work on time in the morning so you insert your contacts without much due diligence.

But as you can imagine, to keep healthy eyes, it's imperative you take the extra steps to keep your contacts clean and disinfected...

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9-year-old sheds light on the dangers of blue light


9-year-old sheds light on the dangers of blue light

Joey Kitchell, a 9-year-old third grader at Parker Woods Montessori in Cincinnati, Ohio, noticed a trend among his classroom peers. Many of his friends, himself included, were glued to their Kindle, computers and mobile devices throughout the course of the day.

According to CNN, when it comes to consuming media on screens, including laptops, smartphones and tablets, teens, on average, spend more than six and a half hours on screens and tweens more than four and a half hours...

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Why do my contacts get dry during allergy season?


Why do my contacts get dry during allergy season?

For many, spring represents improved weather from the chilling winter. The days become longer and brighter, flowers and leaves start to blossom and the temperature gradually increases. Once the spring arrives, the mindset shifts towards, “We made it through winter, bring on summer!"

The famous saying, “April showers bring May flowers," receives a warm reception from the majority of folks living in cold weather climates. However, if you have allergies, spring can be problematic...

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What to know about flying on an airplane with contacts


What to know about flying on an airplane with contacts

Have you ever been flying on a plane to reach your vacation destination or going to a conference on the other side of the country and felt your contacts getting dry, causing irritation in your eyes? Well, this is no coincidence.

Many contact wearers might run into this problem because of the pressure change inside the cabin of the airplane...

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Is it safe to swim in my contacts?


Is it safe to swim in my contacts?

During a warm afternoon, there is nothing more refreshing than the thought of jumping into the swimming pool to cool down and relax.

Contact lens wearers have a different thought before jumping into the water. They often ponder, “Is it safe to swim in my contact lenses?"...

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Why do my contact lenses get dry when I drink alcohol?


Why do my contact lenses get dry when I drink alcohol?

Raise your hand (or your glass) if you have ever been frustrated by your contact lenses drying out when you drink alcohol.

It can be daunting for contact lens wearers to stay awake when trying to enjoy a long night of drinking. Not only are you out and about into the wee hours of the evening, but your contact...

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Is it bad to sleep in your contacts?


Is it bad to sleep in your contacts?

We have all been there before. After a long day of work or a late night out, you forget to take out your contact lenses before going to bed.

The thought of washing your hands, applying solution to your lenses and cleaning out your case before removing your contacts is too daunting of a task. When you lock eyes on your pillow, removing contacts can quickly become an afterthought...

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