# How important is the diameter on contact lenses?

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## What is the difference between 14.0 and 14.2 diameter contacts?

14.0mm and 14.2mm contacts

In fact, there is not much difference between these two. Some manufacturers only make 14.2mm diameter contacts, and some others produce 14.0mm diameter contacts. … In other words, the predominant size for the small contacts is between 14.0mm to 14.2mm.

## Does diameter of contact lenses matter?

It is not recommended to wear contact lenses with a different diameter from your prescription. If the diameter is too wide, the lens will be loose in the eye and may slip out of place. If the diameter is too small, the lens will have a tight fit, causing discomfort.

## What is the normal diameter of contact lenses?

The diameter of regular contact lenses that are sold in the United States are on average 14mm–16mm. Similar to the diameter of regular contact lenses, circle lenses have no more than 15mm diameter since larger sizes would be harmful to the eyes at daily wear.

## What happens if you wear the wrong size contacts?

If your lenses have the wrong diameter or base curve, you’ll likely feel that something is always in your eye. If the lenses are too flat, your eyelids will tend to dislodge them when you blink. The wrong size lenses can even cause an abrasion of your cornea.

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## How do you tell if your contacts are not the right size?

Place the contact lens between the tips of your thumb and forefinger, grasping it near the center so the entire edge is free. Gently squeeze the lens, as if you are about to fold it in half. If the edge of the lens points upward (resembling a hard-shell taco), the lens is correctly oriented.

## How do I figure out my contact lens base curve?

Base curve = 0.95 * 34.82 D = 33.07 D and then round up or down to the nearest whole diopter to arrive at the following final base curve to use for a contact lens over-refraction: Base curve = 33.00 D (actual measured base curve is 32.95 D)

## What is a normal eye diameter?

The size of a human adult eye is approximately 24.2 mm (transverse) × 23.7 mm (sagittal) × 22.0-24.8 mm (axial) with no significant difference between sexes and age groups. In the transverse diameter, the eyeball size may vary from 21 mm to 27 mm.

## What is the difference between 8.4 and 8.8 base curve?

The 8.4mm base curve is still the likely best fit for the majority of eyes. In instances when the 8.4mm lens is too steep, the 8.8mm lens allows a flatter option. This is more likely needed in smaller eyes, and possibly in some very flat corneas.

## How do I know my base curve?

Simple Rule for estimating lens base curve on a PLUS POWER lens

• For plus power use the spherical equivalent (SE) and add 4.00 diopters to that. For example, if you have an Rx of + 2.00 sphere, the base curve for the lens will be approximately 6.00.
• Rx +2.00Sph -> [+2.00 +4.00D] = 6.00BC.
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