Contact Lenses Directory
A contact lens is a small plastic or silicone disc-shaped lens that is placed on the cornea of the eye to correct eyesight problems. Contact lenses may also be used for cosmetic reasons -- for example, to change the appearance of eye color -- or they may be prescribed following cataract eye surgery. Millions of people wear contact lenses without any problems. But it is important to follow directions for proper lens care carefully to avoid vision-threatening complications. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about contact lenses, how to wear them, how to care for them, and much more.
Contact Lenses and Eye Infections
When you wear contacts, you're more likely to get eye infections, including keratitis (corneal ulcers) and pinkeye (conjunctivitis).
Are progressive lenses right for you?
What's the difference between progressive lenses and bifocals?
Caring for Your Contact Lenses and Your Eyes
WebMD provides tips on caring for your contact lenses.
When Dry Eyes May Not Be a Medical Problem
Eyes feeling itchy and irritated? Before you assume there's something wrong, see what could be behind the dryness and how to remedy it yourself.
Painful Fashion: When Trendy = Torture
High heels, huge handbags, tight jeans, and decorative contacts may be in style, but they also can take a toll on your body.
Implantable Lenses: Help for Severe Myopia
Find out about implanted contact lenses that can help some people with severe nearsightedness, when LASIK isn't an option.
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Quiz: Glasses and Contacts in Focus–Vision Correction, Lenses
A quiz to help you learn about choosing, wearing, and caring for your prescription lenses and glasses.
Quiz: Is Your Eyesight Worsening?
Do you see what you should see? Take this quiz to learn common signs of vision problems.
Eye-Q Test: How to Treat Common Injuries
What’s the best way to treat a black eye, a scratched cornea, or other eye injuries? Take this quiz to see how much you know.