10 Helpful Tips On How To Get The Right Contact Lenses
Choosing the contact lenses that are right for you is naturally not an easy decision. Those who have never worn contact lenses before tend to believe that it’s simply a case of choosing the right pair of lenses that fit your eyesight. After all, unlike a pair of glasses, no one can actually see the contact lenses, and therefore aesthetics and looking nice in a pair of contact lenses is not something you need to consider.
But there are a lot of things to take into consideration, and getting the contact lenses that are just right for you is not easy. To help, you really should consult with your eye doctor, who will be able to give you professional advice based around factors, such as your own refractive error, and how sensitive your eyes are to contact lenses. To help make your decision even easier, we have come up with 10 tips on how to get the right contact lenses.
1. Consider The Sharpness Of Your Vision
If sharp vision is one of your main concerns, you might want to consider rigid gas permeable contact lenses, which are often better known as GP or RGP lenses. These lenses are not suitable for everyone, because it takes a while for people to adjust to them. But if you are picky about sharp vision, they may be ideal for you, because the vision they provide is much sharper than that provided by soft contact lenses.
Soft contact lenses are easier to get used to, but the clarity of sight is often poorer.
2. Consider How Long You Will Wear Them For
Not everyone wears their contact lenses every waking minute. In fact, few do. Some do wear them each day, whilst others save them for special occasions. Some women prefer to wear their glasses throughout the day, before putting their contact lenses in for a night out. But how often you will be wearing them for should be a major factor in your decision making.
Soft contact lenses – the most popular contacts – can be worn full-time without any discomfort. But they can also be worn part-time too without causing any uncomfortable side-effects. Sharp contact lenses, by contrast, must by worn full-time. Otherwise, they can cause discomfort.
3. Consider Overnight Wear
If you will be wearing your contacts overnight – as some do – you will need to discuss this with your eye doctor. Not all contacts are suitable for overnight wear, whilst constant contact lens wear is certainly not safe for us all. Some contact lenses are FDA approved for overnight wear, and these ones allow oxygen to get to your eyes. But to find out whether your eyes can endure overnight wear, you should talk to your eye doctor.
4. Consider The Care Factor
Unlike regular eyeglasses, if not cared for properly, contact lenses can cause a whole heap of nasty problems, including corneal ulcers and fungal eye infections. For this reason, before deciding that you need contacts, you need to be sure that you will make the effort to care of them and regularly use your contact lens solution.
Eye infections can be quite frequent if you don’t look after your contacts, and if you don’t think you’ll be up to the task of disinfecting your lenses daily, you might want to consider purchasing daily disposable ones. Rather than clean them each day, you can easily dispose of them before replacing them with a set of new ones.
5. Consider The Cost
A number of women who wear contact lenses also wear glasses. Often, they will wear their glasses for everyday life around the house, whilst wearing their contact lenses for evenings out, such as at a restaurant. For this reason, paying for both contacts and eyeglasses can be expensive, so it’s important to consider the overall cost and whether you can afford both.
Moreover, when you buy contact lenses, you also need to purchase contact lens solution, which adds to the cost.
6. Consider Eye Colour
If you want to change the colour of your eyes, colour contact lenses can do this for you. These contact lenses, which are of the soft variety, can either enhance the current colour of your eyes, thus making blues and greens more piercing, or they can actually change the colour completely.
There are also available special-effect contact lenses that can alter the look of your eyes, and they have even been used in popular modern horror movies, such as The Twilight Saga. It is important to note, though, that colour contact lenses can only be purchased with a professional fitting.
7. Consider Bifocals
Some people over the age of 40 require bifocals, but if you opt for multifocal contact lenses there is a chance that you won’t need your reading glasses any longer. Multifocal contact lenses are pretty self-explanatory, and are able to focus on close and far distances, thus eliminating the need for bifocals.
Other options for bifocal users include mono vision. Here, you will have one contact lens that enhances your distance vision, and one contact lens that enhances your near vision. It sounds like it shouldn’t work – but it does! It feels entirely comfortably and natural.
8. Consider Allergies and Dry Eyes
Wearing contact lenses with dry eyes or allergies is not often the most comfortable experience you’ll ever have, and it may be the case that these factors inhibit the amount of time you are able to wear your lenses. With this in mind, it’s helpful to discuss any allergies with your eye doctor.
If you do have allergies or dry eyes, there are daily disposable contact lenses available that can minimise allergy symptoms related to your contacts. There are also contact lenses for dry eyes available that will be helpful to sufferers with this condition.
9. Consider Your Lifestyle
Eye doctors will typically recommend that young people under the age of 21 should opt for daily disposable lenses, because it’s the safest way to wear lenses. Young, active people tend not to be as fastidious about cleaning their lenses, which can therefore lead to eye infections if you wear unclean lenses.
10. Talk To Your Eye Doctor
At the end of the day, whilst our advice is hopefully helpful and has enlightened you on what you need to look out for when it comes to choosing the right contact lenses, you still need to sit down and discuss things with your eye doctor. Your eye doctor will be able to firstly tell you whether or not you are a good candidate for contacts, and they will be able to guide you in picking out the contacts that are right for you.
Stay happy and healthy!