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Everything you need to know before buying contact lenses

Everything you need to know before buying contact lenses photo

Considering contact lenses for correcting visual imperfections and impairments, there is an array of imperative things to be aware of. With a range of convenient options available today, almost anyone can pick the best lens match based on the prescription. And while some individuals pick lenses as they suit their active lifestyles, others may still have doubts about going this path because find them difficult to wear and hard to care for and prefer some more traditional solutions, such as eyeglasses. So let's take a quick look at lenses benefits, types, and how to decide if you are a perfect candidate for them.

Importance of eye exam

Apart from detecting threatening eye issues and diseases, the examination is paramount to decide which option among all types of contact lenses is right for you. An eye exam for determining which lenses suit you best includes special tests and examinations that are not included in routine eye examinations when fitting glasses. Therefore, if you are interested in wearing lenses or strive to keep your prescription up-to-date, be sure to obtain a comprehensive exam and sound consultation.  In this case, additional time will be allocated for your examination, so that the ophthalmologist can complete all the necessary procedures for choosing the right lenses type or for updating the prescription. What to expect during an exam:

  • a specialist will perform a series of tests to determine the severity of your condition, and your visual acuity will be checked using a specially-designed eye chart; 
  • extra information collected by experts is critical to decide on the type and size that are best for an individual;
  • since there is an option of picking colored lenses, you must be ready to share your desires, preferences, as well as lifestyle.

It is not recommended to select lenses or glasses on your own and to purchase them outside of ophthalmological stores. In such a scenario, the problem of poor eyesight can be solved only partially or even lead to severe eye damage. The consequences of improperly selected contact lenses can drastically affect health. Poor outcomes include a deterioration in vision, a headache, fatigue in the eyes, and dizziness, sometimes, it can provoke cornea inflammation, known as keratitis. 

Buying tips

Having your prescription, you can go into the selection process. When seeking a place for buying, consider some important criteria, including customer reviews, reputation, and rating on the Internet. You must also check policies and the level of client support. Buying a product from a trustworthy source means enhanced comfort and excellent quality, so don’t skip screening potential places where you can purchase lenses. Poorly selected lenses will not fit your eye the way they should and even may trigger vision loss due to damage it can cause.

Contact lenses care recommendations

It is of primary importance to keep your contacts clean to avoid triggering a range of issues and use an appropriate solution if you don’t want bacteria to build up and cause an eye infection. Cleaning your lenses is an imperative routine since dust and harmful particles accumulate on them. To reduce the occurrence of contact lenses risk factors, here are top tips on the caring procedure every responsible lens user must follow:

  • before removing, putting on, or cleaning your lenses, be sure to wash your hands to get rid of any microorganisms that may get on the surface of your contacts;
  • for rinsing the lens, use only fresh solution;
  • also, take care of the cleanliness and hygiene of the lens storage container;
  • remember that water can be harmful to the fragile lens, so avoid using it for lens rinsing;
  • use only special solutions that are intended for disinfection;
  • also, never substitute care products without consulting with a specialist.

Disinfection and cleaning should be a sustained daily ritual for all lens wearers. Contact lenses open up new life opportunities for people with visual impairments. In addition, they offer a greater aesthetic and are comfortable to use. However, in order for the lenses to be worn safely, and to serve the period specified by the manufacturer, it is important to take proper care of them, as it means that you take care of your health.

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