It can be a little intimidating to purchase contact lenses for the first time. There are lots of options out there, and lots of things to keep in mind to get the best lenses for your needs. Listed below are three things to consider when you are purchasing contact lenses. With these tips, you will be able to make the best decision for your eye health.
1. Know the Types of Lenses Available
There are two main types of contact lenses: soft and hard. Each has their advantages and disadvantages, and it is important to know which ones will work better for you. Soft contact lenses correct a variety of vision problems, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and age-related vision loss. Soft lenses come in a variety of styles, including daily wear, extended wear, and disposable. Hard lenses correct most vision problems, similar to soft lenses, but they are better suited for those who have trouble with dry eyes. They are more breathable and also help reduce the risk for eye infections. They can take a little longer to get used to than soft lenses, but can be worn for longer periods of time.
2. Know Whether You are a Good Candidate
While contact lenses are very appealing to many people with vision problems, not everyone is a good candidate for them. If you suffer from frequent eye infections, severe allergies, dry eyes, or work in a dusty environment, contact lenses might prove to be more a hindrance than a help. If you are unsure if contacts will work for you, talk to your optometrist (like Robert A. Marini, OD) and see what he or she recommends.
3. Be Informed Before Buying Colored Contact Lenses
Many people, whether they need contact lenses or not, want to try colored ones out and change their look at some point. While it can be fun to try out a new color, or simply brighten or enhance your natural color, it is important to make an informed decision with colored contact lenses. Make sure that you only try on disposable lenses or ones from eye care professionals; never try out a friend's contact lenses, as this can spread bacteria and lead to infection. You should also note that, in the United States, you must have a prescription before you can purchase colored contact lenses, whether you need vision correction or not.
The decision to purchase contact lenses is a big one, and you should know all the different options available to you, as well as whether you are a good candidate, before making your decision. Keep the three tips listed above in mind and, if you decide to purchase them, enjoy your new look!