Common FAQs on Contact Lenses – ANSWERED!
by EO Executive Optical | August 26, 2021 at 09:47am

Buying contact lenses for sale can be tricky at first. There are lots of rumors and speculations. For us to be informed, we compiled the most common questions about contact lenses and corresponding answers. 


Are contact lenses better than glasses?

This is one of the first questions of a person who’s leaning into wearing contact lenses for the first time. Here are the pros:

  1. Contacts give you more natural vision than glasses
  2. They move with your eye and nothing blocks what you see
  3. They don’t fog up or get when it’s cold or rainy
  4. Contacts don’t get in the way when you play sports. 


Pros of Glasses:

  1. Easy to wear, put them on and go on your day
  2. Don’t need special cleaning solutions
  3. Variety of frames are available, giving you that added personality
  4. You don’t have to touch your eyes as you can easily take your glasses off and put them on any time you want


Now to answer the question, are contact lenses better than glasses? It can be summarized into what suits your lifestyle. 


Is it bad to wear contacts every day?

It usually depends on the type of contacts. There are contacts for daily and for extended wear. Also, it depends if you have vision health issues like dry eyes or sensitivity. 

Daily wear contacts can be worn for eight to 16 hours a day. Extended contacts, which are lenses you can wear overnight, can be kept for up to seven days. Depending on the lenses, it is possible to wear contact lenses for up to 30 days continuously. 

It is better to ask your eye doctor how long you can safely wear your contacts each day. 


How many hours a day can you wear contact lenses?

Daily wear contacts are meant for a day or one-time use. It can be worn for up to 14 to 16 hours with ease. However, your doctor may recommend a contact-free hour or two before bed time in order to rest your eyes. Contacts designed for extended wear can be worn overnight, but again, seek for your doctor’s advice.


Can I take out daily contacts and put them back in?

Once the day is over, throw away your daily contacts. It is not advisable to reuse them. Daily contacts are thinner and more fragile than other lenses. Reusing them can make your eyes dry and irritated. 


Can I cry with contact lenses?

Why not? You can cry with contacts. However, your vision may go a little blurry due to all the extra tears but don’t be alarmed. While crying, your contacts may move around the eye a bit and can get stuck to the inner eyelid but then can easily move back into its place. 


Can I take a 20-minute nap with contacts in?

It’s a no! Yes, it may be convenient but sleeping wearing contact lenses is rarely recommended from a medical standpoint. The reason is that contacts invariably decrease oxygenation of the eye, promote debris buildup and allow bacteria and parasites to access the cornea. 

In fact, sleeping in contact lenses increases the chance of getting an eye infection by six to eight times. This can result in pain and vision loss, that can be permanent or require surgical intervention because of scarring of the cornea. 

It’s better to stay awake in the afternoon.  



Are monthly contacts good for 30 days or 30 wears?

The recommended maximum wear time for monthly lenses is 30 days. These are some of the most popular and one of the oldest modalities of contact lenses. These are perfect for those who are looking to spend less on their contacts each year. So, it is for 30 days and not for 30 wears. 


Do contacts help your vision?

It is for contacts to give you a full field of focused vision. 

Although contacts are available in the same prescription strength as glasses, they give wearers a full field of focused vision wherever they look. How? Because contacts move with your eyes. It helps you track action with sharp, direct and peripheral vision. 


Do contacts fall out easily?

It is extremely rare for a contact lens to fall out of your eye of its own accord. Contacts have been designed to remain stable on the eye and to adjust the movements and rotations of the eye in order to offer clear and crisp vision. 


Do contacts expire if unused?

Even unopened contacts can go bad when it’s past their expiration date. At that time, it can no longer keep the contacts sterile and safe to use. There are many contact lenses that have long expiration dates, some take up to a couple of years. If you have lenses that were manufactured more than a couple of years ago, it’s best not to use them. 


Do you have other questions that are not listed here? Let us know and we’ll provide an answer.