Starting to Wear Contact Lenses and Getting the Right Advice

It is not unusual for a contact lens wearer to have little experience of wearing conventional glasses, other than as a back up for the times that contact lenses cannot be worn. For instance, should the wearer develop an eye infection of some kind, such as conjunctivitis. Contact lenses should not be worn if the eyes are suffering a disorder of this kind. The rest of the time, glasses are kept in a case in a drawer and rarely used.

Contact lenses provide the wearer with anonymity where their eye health is concerned. Glasses instantly identify a person as someone who is short sighted or long sighted, whereas contact lenses render someone indistinguishable from anyone else with perfect vision and it is almost impossible to tell whether lenses are being worn without close scrutiny.

It is hardly surprising then, that contact lenses are the most popular choice when it comes to vision support. Just as you would take the advice of an optician when choosing frames, it is equally sensible to consult an expert to ensure the lenses you order are right for the shape of your eye and that you wear the kind of lenses that are compatible with the amount of liquidity in your eyes.

Start with a professional eye test and take the time to talk to your eye care practitioner about the kind of lenses that are best for you. Do not insist on ordering lenses that are the wrong colour for you or that stay in the eyes too long. Listen to the advice you are given. Newcomers to contact lenses tend to vary in their reaction to the lenses: some wear the lenses from day one without any problem but others experience a small amount of irritation and need to return to their eye care practitioner for advice. If you experience eye irritation, do not delay and return to the optician straight away.

Once you have worn contact lenses without any problem for some weeks, you will be able to purchase your lenses online and take advantage of the savings available via online optical outlets.

Bear in mind, however, that glasses are always required as a back up and your glasses should be updated in accordance with the strength of your contact lens prescription to ensure your eyes are never strained.

Always follow the advice of your eye care practitioner as to the care and cleaning of your contact lenses and always ensure your hands are pristine clean before handling your lenses.