Wear contact lenses? 5 questions to discuss with your eye doctor

Posted 3/5/24

(BPT) - Whether you spend long hours working in front of a computer or have difficulty reading signs when driving at night, finding a contact lens may be as easy as answering five …

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Wear contact lenses? 5 questions to discuss with your eye doctor

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(BPT) - Whether you spend long hours working in front of a computer or have difficulty reading signs when driving at night, finding a contact lens may be as easy as answering five questions.

“The best contact lenses for you will depend on several factors such as your prescription and the type of lenses that suit your lifestyle,” according to Erin Rueff, OD, PhD, FAAO, chief, Cornea & Contact Lens Services, Southern California College of Optometry.

“While this quiz may help you in your search for contact lenses that meet your needs, it’s important to schedule an eye exam as only an eye doctor can assess your eye health and recommend the appropriate treatment for your individual needs,” added Dr. Rueff. If it has been a while, find a doctor near you here.

1. Do you spend a lot of time on digital devices?

Well, who doesn’t? But, did you know that adults spend 13+ hours a day on digital devices, a 35% increase since 2019? From scrolling on a smart phone to working on a laptop, when looking at a digital screen, you blink 60% less, which can dry out your eyes. Blue-violet light is everywhere, coming from screens, fluorescent light and the sun and scatters more which may result in decreased visual clarity.*

If you’re one of the many people who are dependent on your digital device, then you may consider ACUVUE® OASYS MAX 1-Day with TearStable™ Technology, designed to maximize tear-film stability and lock in moisture. These lenses also filter about 60% of blue-violet light.[*]

2. Do you have trouble seeing far away?

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a chronic, progressive disease in which the eye grows too long and makes it difficult to see objects far away. Myopia is common in children and is often diagnosed between ages 8 and 12 but can develop earlier. In fact, on average one in three kids in the U.S. have myopia. Abiliti™ Overnight Therapeutic Lenses have shown to be successful for myopia management. These lenses are worn overnight and temporarily reshape the cornea, typically eliminating the need to wear glasses or contacts during the day.[†]

3. Do you have trouble seeing up close?

If you’re over 40, you may have presbyopia. This means you can see things far away but not up close. Spoiler alert! If you squint or pull out the light on your phone to read a menu, then you may have presbyopia. A great option for the 40+ crowd is ACUVUE® OASYS MAX 1-Day MULTIFOCAL contact lenses. These lenses are designed for crisp, clear vision at all distances and in all lighting conditions plus all-day comfort.

4. Are you active and always on the go?

Whether you’re training for your next marathon or juggling work and kids, your days are packed with activities. When you need clear vision to help you get through the day, the last thing you want to worry about is your contacts. Another great option is 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST contact lenses, which can help keep your eyes hydrated and feeling fresh. With LACREON® Technology, these lenses create a long-lasting cushion of moisture for 20 hours or more.

5. Do you have astigmatism?

*Always wash your hands when handling contact lenses

If you have astigmatism, a common imperfection in the curvature of the eye that causes blurred or distorted vision at all distances, then you may consider ACUVUE® OASYS 1-DAY for ASTIGMATISM Brand Contact Lenses designed with HydraLuxe® Technology. These daily contacts are specifically designed for people with astigmatism and help to provide clear, consistent, stable vision all day long.

Important Information for Contact Lens Wearers

ACUVUE® Contact Lenses are available by prescription only for vision correction. An eye care professional will determine whether contact lenses are right for you. Although rare, serious eye problems can develop while wearing contact lenses. To help avoid these problems, follow the wear and replacement schedule and the lens care instructions provided by your eye doctor. Do not wear contact lenses if you have an eye infection, or experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, redness or other eye problems. If one of these conditions occurs, remove the lens and contact your eye doctor immediately. For more information on proper wear, care and safety, talk to your eye care professional and ask for a Patient Instruction Guide, call 1-800-843-2020, or download the Patient Instruction Guide.

ACUVUE® Abiliti™ Overnight Therapeutic Contact Lenses are available by prescription only for the management of myopia. An eye care professional will determine whether these contact lenses are right for you. Although rare, serious eye problems including vision loss and blindness can develop while wearing contact lenses. To help avoid these symptoms, follow the wear and replacement schedule and the lens care disinfection instructions provided by your eye care professional. Do not wear these contact lenses if you have an eye infection, or experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, redness or other eye problems. If one of these conditions occurs, remove the lens and contact your eye doctor immediately. For more information on proper wear, care and safety, talk to your eye care professional and review the Patient Instruction Guide, call 1-877-334-3937, or visit www.seeyourabiliti.com.


[*] Filtering of HEV light by contact lenses has not been demonstrated to confer any health benefit to the user, including but not limited to retinal protection, protection from cataract progression, reduced eye strain, improved contrast, improved acuity, reduced glare, improved low light vision, or improved circadian rhythm/sleep cycle. The Eye Care Professional should be consulted for more information.

[†] The lenses are indicated for reducing refractive error up to 6.00D of myopia and up to 1.50D of astigmatism. Results may vary by patient and prescription level.