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Things to Consider When Buying Contact Lenses


If you have vision issues that require corrective lenses, there may come a time when you decide to try contact lenses. Many people find contacts more aesthetically pleasing and practical than glasses, so the decision to switch isn’t a tough one. Of course, switching to contact lenses isn’t simply a matter of grabbing a pair off a store shelf and popping them in your eyes. You must consider a handful of different variables before buying contact lenses, so the ones you get are as comfortable and effective as they can be.

If you feel a little hesitant to try out contacts because you don’t feel comfortable touching the lens to your eyeballs, you aren’t alone. For many people, that is a barrier to trying them out at all, but contacts are designed for comfort, and with a little practice, you will get used to the process.

The first thing to consider when buying contact lenses is what type of vision problem you have and what type of lens is required to correct it. Obviously, your optician will determine what the issue is and what you need to fix it, but you must schedule an appointment and receive a diagnosis. You may need lenses for nearsightedness, farsightedness, or a bifocal contact lens for a balance of the two. Once the prescription has been all sorted out, you must decide if you want to try soft contact lenses or hard contact lenses. These are the two primary types of lenses and there is some subtle difference from one to the next.

A hard contact lens is also called a rigid gas-permeable contact lens and they are generally smaller and have a more rigid texture than a soft contact lens. The fact that hard contact lenses are more rigid may make them a little less comfortable than soft contacts, but they still let oxygen pass through the lens and into your eyes. This helps to reduce the risk of irritation to the cornea, which may actually help your comfort level. Hard contacts are also quite a bit easier to take care of than soft contact lenses because they are more durable.

Soft contact lenses are generally thought of as comfort lenses as they are thinner and gel-like which helps them to form to the shape of your eyeball. Soft lenses are also gas permeable, allowing the free flow of oxygen into your eyes to help avoid irritation. If you have problems with damaging your contacts due to rough handling, you may want to try hard contacts. If you have particularly sensitive eyes, you may need soft contacts so you won’t notice they’re in there.

Your ability to follow the cleaning process for your contacts is also a factor in your decision. With hard contacts, you will usually have to wear the same pair each day and go through the cleaning process, but many soft contact lenses are available as single use lenses, meaning you can toss them out and open a fresh pair each day.

Either way, the right contact lens for you is out there. With careful consideration, you can enjoy their comfort and convenience and see clearly.

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