First for Contact Lenses

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who can wear contact lenses? At what age can you start?

A.Contact lenses are available for just about any prescription. They can correct your astigmatism, and multifocal contacts can help those with presbyopia to have crisp near, intermediate, and distance vision. Numerous studies have found that children as young as eight years of age can adapt to, handle and care for contacts. Maturity, personal hygiene and motivation on the part of the young person are important factors to consider when assessing suitability for contact lens wear. Of course we reccommend that you discuss your options with a trained Optometrists.

Q. Are Contact Lenses hard to look after?

A. It differs from lens to lens:

  • GP contacts, which last for years, need daily cleaning and disinfecting, but their slick surface resists deposit buildup.
  • Daily disposable soft lenses are worn once, then discarded, with no maintenance required.
  • Other disposable soft lenses are usually cleaned at the end of the day, then soaked in disinfecting solution until they're worn again, and may be replaced weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.
  • Soft lenses that are replaced quarterly or annually might require weekly enzyming in additional to daily care.


Q. I'm nervous about putting something in my eye, can you help?

A.This is a common and natural concern, more often experienced by males, since females are accustomed to touching the eyelids when applying makeup.

It helps to first get used to touching your eyes without applying a lens. One very successful technique is to place a warm (not hot) drop of water on your index finger and bring it up to the eye and actually touch your eye. The water has a numbing effect such that you may not even feel your finger against your eye. Your eye care professional may also decide to use a numbing drop immediately prior to applying contact lenses for the first time.

It's easier than you think to get used to lens application. If fact, often when people get used to inserting and removing lenses, they question why they did not make the commitment to contact lenses sooner.

Q: When do I replace my contact lenses? 

A: Daily lenses are worn once and then discarded at the end of each wearing period. For monthly lenses, follow the advice of your eye care professional in regards to the replacement period.
You need to replace your lenses regularly to maintain hygiene, so throw away your lenses after the recommended period. It is important to not wear your lenses longer than advised.

Q: I have a high glasses prescription. Can I still wear contact lenses? 

A: In the past some customers may have found it difficult to wear contact lenses because of their prescription. However, contact lens technology continues to move forward and our wide range of lenses means we can now correct most prescriptions, even for customers who have an astigmatism or need varifocals.

Q: Can a contact lens get lost behind my eye?

A: No. At worst, you might have trouble finding it under your upper eyelid if you rub your eye and dislodge the lens from its proper position. If necessary, your eye care practitioner can help you locate and remove the lens.

Q: Are disposable contact lenses worth the extra money?

A: Many doctors highly recommend disposable contact lenses. They are an excellent choice health-wise, because there is less opportunity for protein and bacteria to build up on them. Also, if you wear daily disposable contact lenses, which are discarded at the end of the day, you won't need to buy contact lens solutions to clean and disinfect them after each use.