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1.Is a contact lenses safe to wear?
Considering how many contact lenses are sold and the few complaints we hear they are surprisingly safe if proper instructions are complied with. That means washing the hands before handling the contact lens, not sharing your contact lenses with others, disinfecting the contact lens on a regular basis, using the proper contact lens solutions and not wearing the contact lens any longer than your doctor has recommended.

1.How long do a contact lens last?
This is the most commonly asked question and a definitive answer is hard to give because it all depends on the type of contact lens and the care you give them. With proper care an extended wear or frequent replacement contact lens, because it is reusable, is capable of lasting many months before it wears out and starts to bother you, but never wear the contact lens longer than recommended by your doctor. A disposable contact lens on the other hand is not reusable and is for single use only and not to be worn for more than a week and then discarded.

1.What can I do when my contact lenses dry out on my eyes?
Some people don’t blink enough or completely when they wear contact lenses which causes the lenses to blur and feel gritty. Increase your blink rate to the normal one blink every 5 or 6 seconds. If needed, supplement with eye drops designed for contacts, or try the new Eyemist™ by Nature’s Tears® which is available at most major drug stores, or order on line at www.naturestears.com or order direct at (800) 367-6478.

1.Will the colored contact lens look on my eyes like they do in your pictures?
They may and then again they may not. These pictures are only meant to give you an idea of how the colored contact lens will look on the eyes. They can not be an exact representation because your underlining eye colour has some effect as does the color values of your monitor.

1.Is an eye exam required before ordering contact lenses?
Not if you already have a valid prescription that can be verified. Otherwise, you need to be examined for contact lenses to get a prescription that can then be verified, to get proper instructions, and to receive follow up care. If your prescription is still valid, but you are starting to notice some changes in your vision, you should be reexamined as well.

1.If I have good eyes can I get colored contact lens?
Even if you have good eyes you will still need to be examined to get a prescription that we can verify. We have noncorrective colored contact lenses for those with good vision who just want to change their eye color.

1.Can I use an eyeglass prescription to order a contact lens?
Not really because the eyeglass and contact lens specifications are not the same. Also, you need to be evaluated and fitted for the contact lenses and given instructions on how to care and handle them so the contact lenses don’t wear out prematurely. If you currently wear glasses you should go back to your doctor and ask to be fitted for contact lenses as well. Don’t forget to ask for a copy of your contact lens specifications.

1.Can I get a contact lens if they are a different size and base curve than I’m wearing now?
Thicker contact lenses requires a specific size and curve to fit properly. Thinner contact lenses usually comes in one standardized size and curve and therefore does not require additional fitting. The size of the contact lens has no affect on the visual correction and only a minor effect on the fit, therefore they frequently come in a ‘one size fits all’. Because our colored contact lens is thin it only comes in a median (8.6) base curve and 14.5 diameter.
1.Can I get a contact lens to correct astigmatism?
Although astigmatism contact lenses are available, we don’t sell them because they are much more complex than regular contact lenses. We feel they should be purchased only by the doctor that fitted you in case you have problems with the vision you get when wearing them.

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1.How soon can I get a contact lens?
Once we process a customer’s credit card, we forward the contact lens order to the shipping department. Since we stock most of the contact lenses we sell, we are able to process and ship them out within 1 to 2 business days. Then, it can take an additional 1 to 4 days depending on the delivery services selected. For example, Express Mail takes 1 to 2 days, and Priority Mail can take up to 4 business days to deliver the contact lenses.

1.Do you guarantee the contact lenses?
We guarantee that the contact lenses will be free of defects when you receive them. We cannot guarantee how long the contact lens will last because that is strictly dependent upon the care you give them. Neither can we guarantee that you will like the way the colored contact lens will look on your eyes. If this is a concern to you, we suggest you first go to your local eyecare provider and ask them if you can try on a sample colored contact lens. They get samples FREE from the manufacturer for just this purpose. Naturally you do not want to indicate that you may buy the contact lens elsewhere if you want their full cooperation.

1.Is the contact lens order form secure?
Yes, our order form is secure. If you click “To Order”, you should get the message “you are about to view pages over a secure connection.” If this message does not appear, then you need to turn-on this options through your browser to notify you when you are changing from secure to non-secure mode. If this option has been turned off you will not see this message, but you can still verify that the page is secure by looking at the address bar and looking for “https://” and the closed security lock symbol should appear on the bottom bar on the screen.

1.What is meant by an extended wear contact lens?
An example of an extended wear contact lens is one that can be worn longer than the typical daily wear contact lens. Whereas the daily wear contact lenses must be taken out at night, the extended wear contact lenses would be one that you can leave in overnight. Although most extended wear contact lenses can be worn for up to a week at a time, no specific length of wearing time is implied by extended wear such as one week or one month or one year. How long you can wear any given contact lens should be determined by your doctor who can best evaluate the relationship between any given contact lens and your eyes, and whether extended wear contact lenses are right for you.

1.Is it alright to sleep in these contact lenses?
Although the FDA and the manufacturer have approved sleeping in these contact lenses for up to a week at a time, we agree with the advice of most eye doctors that it is a lot safer to take the contact lenses out at night instead of sleeping in them. They have found that the rate of complications such as red eye and eye infections is less than 1/10 of those that sleep in their contacts, so we feel it is best that you do not sleep while wearing your contact lenses.

1.If the contact lenses slides off center can it get lost behind the eye?
A contact lens can slide under the upper lid and out of view, but it can’t get lost behind the eye because the tissue that covers the front of the eye folds back on itself and becomes the back surface of the upper eye lid like an envelope. It causes no harm except you can’t see thru it until you recenter it over the pupil. The longer you leave it under the lid the more mucus will attach to it and will need a good cleaning to be usable. If you can’t easily retrieve it, try putting on another contact lens, and when you take the new lens off don’t be surprised to find the old lens stuck to it.

  1. Is a contact lenses safe to wear?

    Considering how many contact lenses are sold and the few complaints we hear they are surprisingly safe if proper instructions are complied with. That means washing the hands before handling the contact lens, not sharing your contact lenses with others, disinfecting the contact lens on a regular basis, using the proper contact lens solutions and not wearing the contact lens any longer than your doctor has recommended.

    1. How long do a contact lens last?

      This is the most commonly asked question and a definitive answer is hard to give because it all depends on the type of contact lens and the care you give them. With proper care an extended wear or frequent replacement contact lens, because it is reusable, is capable of lasting many months before it wears out and starts to bother you, but never wear the contact lens longer than recommended by your doctor. A disposable contact lens on the other hand is not reusable and is for single use only and not to be worn for more than a week and then discarded.

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    1. What can I do when my contact lenses dry out on my eyes?

      Some people don’t blink enough or completely when they wear contact lenses which causes the lenses to blur and feel gritty. Increase your blink rate to the normal one blink every 5 or 6 seconds. If needed, supplement with eye drops designed for contacts, or try the new Eyemist™ by Nature’s Tears® which is available at most major drug stores, or order on line at www.naturestears.com or order direct at (800) 367-6478.

    1. Will the colored contact lens look on my eyes like they do in your pictures?

      They may and then again they may not. These pictures are only meant to give you an idea of how the colored contact lens will look on the eyes. They can not be an exact representation because your underlining eye colour has some effect as does the color values of your monitor.

    1. Is an eye exam required before ordering contact lenses?

      Not if you already have a valid prescription that can be verified. Otherwise, you need to be examined for contact lenses to get a prescription that can then be verified, to get proper instructions, and to receive follow up care. If your prescription is still valid, but you are starting to notice some changes in your vision, you should be reexamined as well.

    1. If I have good eyes can I get colored contact lens?

      Even if you have good eyes you will still need to be examined to get a prescription that we can verify. We have noncorrective colored contact lenses for those with good vision who just want to change their eye color.

    1. Can I use an eyeglass prescription to order a contact lens?

      Not really because the eyeglass and contact lens specifications are not the same. Also, you need to be evaluated and fitted for the contact lenses and given instructions on how to care and handle them so the contact lenses don’t wear out prematurely. If you currently wear glasses you should go back to your doctor and ask to be fitted for contact lenses as well. Don’t forget to ask for a copy of your contact lens specifications.

    1. Can I get a contact lens if they are a different size and base curve than I’m wearing now?

      Thicker contact lenses requires a specific size and curve to fit properly. Thinner contact lenses usually comes in one standardized size and curve and therefore does not require additional fitting. The size of the contact lens has no affect on the visual correction and only a minor effect on the fit, therefore they frequently come in a ‘one size fits all’. Because our colored contact lens is thin it only comes in a median (8.6) base curve and 14.5 diameter.

    1. Can I get a contact lens to correct astigmatism?

      Although astigmatism contact lenses are available, we don’t sell them because they are much more complex than regular contact lenses. We feel they should be purchased only by the doctor that fitted you in case you have problems with the vision you get when wearing them.

    1. How soon can I get a contact lens?

      Once we process a customer’s credit card, we forward the contact lens order to the shipping department. Since we stock most of the contact lenses we sell, we are able to process and ship them out within 1 to 2 business days. Then, it can take an additional 1 to 4 days depending on the delivery services selected. For example, Express Mail takes 1 to 2 days, and Priority Mail can take up to 4 business days to deliver the contact lenses.

    1. Do you guarantee the contact lenses?

      We guarantee that the contact lenses will be free of defects when you receive them. We cannot guarantee how long the contact lens will last because that is strictly dependent upon the care you give them. Neither can we guarantee that you will like the way the colored contact lens will look on your eyes. If this is a concern to you, we suggest you first go to your local eyecare provider and ask them if you can try on a sample colored contact lens. They get samples FREE from the manufacturer for just this purpose. Naturally you do not want to indicate that you may buy the contact lens elsewhere if you want their full cooperation.

    1. Is the contact lens order form secure?

      Yes, our order form is secure. If you click “To Order”, you should get the message “you are about to view pages over a secure connection.” If this message does not appear, then you need to turn-on this options through your browser to notify you when you are changing from secure to non-secure mode. If this option has been turned off you will not see this message, but you can still verify that the page is secure by looking at the address bar and looking for “https://” and the closed security lock symbol should appear on the bottom bar on the screen.

    1. What is meant by an extended wear contact lens?

      An example of an extended wear contact lens is one that can be worn longer than the typical daily wear contact lens. Whereas the daily wear contact lenses must be taken out at night, the extended wear contact lenses would be one that you can leave in overnight. Although most extended wear contact lenses can be worn for up to a week at a time, no specific length of wearing time is implied by extended wear such as one week or one month or one year. How long you can wear any given contact lens should be determined by your doctor who can best evaluate the relationship between any given contact lens and your eyes, and whether extended wear contact lenses are right for you.

    1. Is it alright to sleep in these contact lenses?

      Although the FDA and the manufacturer have approved sleeping in these contact lenses for up to a week at a time, we agree with the advice of most eye doctors that it is a lot safer to take the contact lenses out at night instead of sleeping in them. They have found that the rate of complications such as red eye and eye infections is less than 1/10 of those that sleep in their contacts, so we feel it is best that you do not sleep while wearing your contact lenses.

  1. If the contact lenses slides off center can it get lost behind the eye?

    A contact lens can slide under the upper lid and out of view, but it can’t get lost behind the eye because the tissue that covers the front of the eye folds back on itself and becomes the back surface of the upper eye lid like an envelope. It causes no harm except you can’t see thru it until you recenter it over the pupil. The longer you leave it under the lid the more mucus will attach to it and will need a good cleaning to be usable. If you can’t easily retrieve it, try putting on another contact lens, and when you take the new lens off don’t be surprised to find the old lens stuck to it.

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