Optometrist & Contact Lens Specialist located on Newbury St, Back Bay, Boston, MA


For those considering contact lenses, Dr. Stacy Coen specializes in catering to individuals with elevated requirements for visual precision, particularly those who spend extended hours in front of screens, athletes with demanding visual needs, and individuals dealing with dry eyes. Her expertise encompasses not only achieving optimal visual clarity but also ensuring your overall comfort—both visually and physically—while wearing contact lenses. This meticulous attention to your comfort and visual well-being is designed to enhance your overall quality of life with contact lenses.

Contact lenses correct vision problems like astigmatism and presbyopia so you can see clearly without worrying about your glasses falling off, getting smudgy, or lying crookedly. Optometrist Stacy Coen, provides contact lens exams to fit you for soft or hard contact lenses at BLINK, in Boston, Massachusetts. Call the office or schedule your contact exam online to switch from eyeglasses to contact lenses today. 

Contacts Q&A

What are contacts?

Contacts, or contact lenses, are slim lenses that you place directly on your eyeball to improve your vision. They’re generally clear and are personal according to your prescription, just like eyeglass lenses. 

You can visit Dr. Stacy Coen at BLINK, for a contact lens exam to update your prescription and to make sure your contact lenses fit properly. Your optometrist helps you choose the type of contact lens that meets your needs and coaches you on how to handle your contacts. 

Which type of contacts should I get?

You have multiple options for contact lenses, each with its own specific advantages. Your optometrist can help you compare:

Soft contact lenses

Soft contact lenses are made of flexible plastic combined with water. They’re comfortable but less durable than hard contact lenses. Some soft contact lenses are disposable, which minimizes your risk of experiencing an eye infection due to trapped bacteria and dirt beneath the lens. 

Hard contact lenses

Today’s hard contact lenses are also called rigid gas permeable lenses. They have a little more flexibility than past hard contact lenses, which were made of glass. They’re durable, easy to care for, and can correct most astigmatisms. 

Can children use contacts?

Anyone can wear contact lenses, even children. While there’s no specific age to start using contact lenses, consider if your child can handle the responsibilities of wearing contact lenses, like handling and caring for them. Disposable contacts are especially convenient for kids since they’re low-maintenance. 

How should I handle my contacts?

The required care for contact lenses depends on the type of lens you get. However, here are a few general tips for handling contacts of any kind:

  • Wash your hands with oil-free soap before touching them
  • Examine your lenses for scratches or dirt before putting them in
  • Insert the same lens first every time so you don’t place it in the incorrect eye
  • Use a contact lens solution to clean reusable lenses
  • Avoid using your fingernails to pinch or grab your lenses
  • Avoid swimming while wearing contacts

Dr. Stacy Coen teaches you to care for your contacts and can answer all of your questions about day-to-day use. 

Call the practice or schedule an exam online today to learn if contact lenses are right for you.