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Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re considering wearing contact lenses, you’ve probably thought a lot about the advantages they can bring to your life, from providing crisp, clear vision for reading and working; to adding comfort and convenience to sports and outdoor activities; even changing your appearance. But you probably have a few things you’re wondering about, too. Your eye care professional can share valuable information with you to assist in making this decision. As well, we have collected some of the most common questions and answers below.
- Are contact lenses comfortable to wear?
Today’s contact lenses are designed with special features to help keep eyes feeling moist and comfortable. Like any new experience, wearing contact lenses for the first time may feel a little “different”, but within a few days, you may even forget you’re wearing them. Contact lenses should not cause discomfort or irritation; if yours ever do, talk to your eye care professional.
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- Is it difficult to wear contact lenses?
Millions of people happily wear contact lenses every day. Your eye care professional can help answer any contact lens questions you may have. This includes understanding how to apply and remove them, how to care for them, your wearing schedule, and any other questions or concerns. Your eye care professional can help you select the right contact lenses for your eyes.
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- Is it difficult to care for contact lenses?
Not at all. Daily contact lenses are the easiest option: You wear a fresh new pair every day, with no cleaning needed. If you choose soft contact lenses with a monthly or two-weekly replacement schedule, your eye care professional will show you how to clean and disinfect them in just a few minutes a night.
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- Are contact lenses affordable?
Today, eye care professionals can help you find surprisingly affordable contact lens options. And don’t forget to consider the hidden costs that can come with losing, breaking or scratching a pair of glasses.
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- Can I wear glasses sometimes and contact lenses other times?
Many people actually prefer to mix it up. They wear contact lenses during their work day, or for specific activities, like playing sports or public speaking, while choosing glasses for reading, studying or doing tasks around the house. Contact lenses can add yet another “look” to your repertoire. Plus, without the need for glasses, you can now put those designer sunglasses to greater use.
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- Can children wear contact lenses?
Yes, in fact, many children and teens feel more at ease wearing contact lenses than glasses in social situations.1 And of course, soft contact lenses don’t get broken when children play sports or roughhouse. The average age that children first get contact lenses is 13, but research has found that most 8-to-11-year-olds can successfully wear contact lenses.2 Daily contact lenses are a favourite of children and their parents because they’re very convenient, don’t get broken like glasses and really never need to be cleaned.
If you’re thinking about contact lenses for your children or yourself, you can get great recommendations by taking our quiz.
- If I have astigmatism, can I wear contact lenses?
Absolutely. Soft contact lenses for astigmatism are called “toric lenses”. And, as it turns out, you’ve come to the right website: CooperVision is a global leader in toric contact lenses. Our portfolio of toric contact lenses includes lenses with the exclusive Optimized Toric Lens GeometryTM that eye care professionals and lens wearers with astigmatism rely on for clear, stable vision.
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- If I wear bifocals, can I wear contact lenses?
Yes. They’re called “multifocal” contact lenses and, like your glasses, they help you see clearly for near, distance, and everything in between. They can really help you see at all distances. There’s no need for you to miss out on the convenience of contact lenses.
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- Can a contact lens get stuck to my eye?
It’s highly unlikely. But it is important to learn about proper application and removal when you first get contact lenses. Your eye care professional will show you how easy it is to put your contact lenses in and take them out. For tens of millions of people, it’s a routine part of their day.
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- Can a contact lens scratch my eye?
With the proper lens care, handling, and wearing habits as recommended by your eye care professional, this is not common. Just follow your eye care professional’s instructions on safe, simple application and removal. If you have any concerns, please see your eye care professional for help.
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- Can a contact lens pop out of my eye?
With the proper lens care, handling and wearing habits as recommended by your eye care professional, this is not common. Eye care professionals are experts in properly fitting contact lenses to stay in place for each wearer. The right fit also makes it easy for you to apply and remove your lenses easily and correctly.
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- Can a contact lens get lost behind my eye?
Absolutely not! Occasionally, a contact lens may slip out of its proper position and be hidden by your eyelid. You can easily adjust the lens position. Fun fact: The underside of your eyelid and the covering of the white of your eye form a continuous surface, so its physically impossible for a lens to go behind your eye.
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1 Walline JJ, Jones LA, Rah MJ, et al. Contact Lenses in Pediatrics (CLIP) Study: Chair Time and Ocular Health. Optom Vis Sci. 2007;9(84): 896-902.
2 Walline J et al. Benefits of Contact Lens Wear for Children and Teens. Eye & Contact Lens 33(6): 317–321, 2007