FAQs About Contact Lenses

Do I still need spectacles if I wear contact lenses?
You should replace your spectacles at the same time as you update your contact lenses, where the prescription changes, for several reasons. Firstly, most people cannot healthily wear their lenses all day long, every day. Wearing lenses this much can often affect the health of the eye, and it can do it without any symptoms. Therefore most people still need to wear their spectacles in the evenings or on occasional days during the week to prevent health problems. Secondly, if you do have trouble with your lenses (wearing them too much, eye infection, damaged lenses, etc) then you will probably have to stop wearing them and resort back to the spectacles. If your vision is bad and you cannot wear your lenses, could you drive or work without your spectacles?

What are contact lenses?
What are "Hard" and "Soft" lenses?
Why does the cornea need Oxygen?
What are high water content lenses?
Why aren't all soft lenses high water content?
Do gas permeable contact lenses absorb water?
Which lenses are best?
What is astigmatism?
I have astigmatism - can I wear soft lenses?
What is presbyopia?
I have presbyopia - can I wear contact lenses?
What are disposable lenses?
Why are contact lens solutions needed?
Do I need to use protein-removing tablets?
Which solution is best for my lenses?
I've been told not to wear my lenses when in an aeroplane - why?
Can I swim in my contact lenses?
Do I still need spectacles if I wear contact lenses?
What is the difference between tinted and coloured lenses?

See also:
All About Contact Lenses
All About Vision
How to make a complaint