Contact Lenses | St. Louis | Hill Vision Services

Am I a good candidate for contact lenses?

We get many patients in the office who are wearing or interested in wearing contact lenses. We have the benefit of many brands, materials and replacement schedules to choose from. Now more than ever the advancements in contact lenses give us the ability to safely and successfully fit a patient. A complete eye exam is the first step to determine the best contact lens for you.

Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding contact lenses.

How old do you need to be to wear contact lens?

There is nothing etched in stone to determine the perfect age for a contact lens fit. Typically the more motivated a patient to try contacts the more successful the fit. Middle school seems to be a very popular age for the interest to try contacts. The patient should exhibit good hygiene, be responsible and understand the importance of proper handling. The decision needs to be agreed upon by the patient, parents and fitting eye care practitioner.

What should I expect during a contact lens fitting?

We will ask questions to best determine your goals with contact lens wear. We will then place contact lens trials on the eye and assess fit, comfort and vision. Once an acceptable contact lens is found we will educate you on how to care for the lenses and insert and remove them. Sometimes taking a contact lens in and out of the eye for the first time can be tricky, don’t get discouraged!! Our staff has plenty of helpful tips and with a little practice most patients get them in and out in no time.

Can I sleep in my contact lenses?

Although some lenses are FDA approved for extended or continuous wear this significantly increases the risk of infection or ulceration on the eye and is not recommended by our doctors. The safest option for the eye is to take them out each night and follow the manufacturer replacement schedule.

How often should I get me eyes checked if I wear contact lens?

Contact lenses are considered a medical device. A yearly eye exam is recommended for all patients that wear lenses. At the exam we will assess vision and health of the eye. If necessary, the appropriate adjustments to contacts can be done at this time. If at any time redness, discomfort, sensitivity to light or vision changes are experienced with contact lens wear, remove the lenses and call the office.

Contact lens can be a great option for many patients. Call for an appointment today and let one our experienced doctors discuss the possibilities with you.