Contact Lenses FAQ’s
How does Dr. Quick determine which contact lens is right for me?
Many factors weigh on the eye doctor choosing a contact lens, including:
- Presence of astigmatism
- Presence of presbyopia
- Curvature of the eye
- Dimensions of the cornea
- Lid anatomy
- Tear film quality
- Intended use or purpose of the lens
How can over-wearing contact lenses affect my eyes?
Most contact lenses are only designed to be worn for a specific length of time. Commonly, soft disposable contact lenses are intended for a 2 week or 1 month of daily wear. However, this time may be shortened by the dry high-desert climate in New Mexico. Extending this period places the contact lens wearer at a very high risk for developing an infection. Some corneal infections associated with contact lens wear can cause permanent vision loss.
What is the difference between a daily-wear lens and an extended-wear lens?
All contact lens wear schedules are regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Daily wear lenses are intended to be worn during the day and removed before sleeping. Extended wear contact lenses contain a special silicone material that allows more oxygen to move through the lens and is approved to wear continuously for multiple days in a row. However, Dr. Quick often recommends a shorter wear time for extended wear lenses due to the dry climate here in New Mexico.
What is the difference between soft contact lenses and hard (rigid gas permeable) lenses?
The fundamental difference between soft and hard lenses is the material used in the lens. Rigid gas-permeable lenses are inflexible and maintain their bowl-like shape at all times. Soft lenses are can be manipulated out of their original form, but easily "bounce back" to their bowl-like shape without being damaged. Because of their rigid nature, gas-permeable lenses may initially feel slightly uncomfortable and take more time to get used to than soft lenses. Depending on an individual's eye shape, they may get better vision through a rigid lens than a soft lens. Rigid contact lenses are typically smaller than soft lenses. Furthermore, soft and rigid lenses each have a unique care system.
Can I wear contact lenses if I have astigmatism?
Contact lens technology now allows us to fit most individuals for contact lenses. Astigmatism simply means that more prescription power is needed on some parts of the eye, but not others, in order to create a clear image. Contact lens orientation and stability if critical for individuals with astigmatism and, therefore, special lenses are required. Dr. Quick is widely known for successfully fitting patients with astigmatism.
Can I wear contact lenses if I need bifocals?
If you need bifocals you know that your prescription for distance and your prescription for up-close is different. In other words, going from far to near requires "additional" plus lens power. Some modern contact lens designs include both a prescription for distance and a prescription for near within the same contact lens. Other options do exist, such as wearing readers over the top of contact lenses designed for distance only or using one eye for distance and one eye for up-close. Dr.Quick and his contact lens specialist are experts at fitting contact lenses and can help you decide which option is best.
How old does my child need to be before they can wear contact lenses?
At Cedar Crest Vision there is no set age requirement for contact lens wear. Contact lenses are a medical device and must be cared for appropriately. The maturity level of the child is what ultimately determines the use of contact lenses.
Does Cedar Crest Vision offer contact lenses for patients with keratoconus and other corneal abnormalities?
Cedar Crest Vision is to offers our patients contact lenses that provide better vision and comfort. We offer many a specially designed hybrid contact lenses that can help those with all types of corneal irregularities, including keratoconus.