Contact lenses are an excellent way to enjoy your vision and correct any eye problems without the need for surgery. But before you buy a new pair of contact lenses, there are some things you should know about how they work, what kind of options there are, and how to care for them properly.
This blog post will walk you through types of contacts and lens solutions to handling issues like dry eyes or discomfort that may come with wearing contacts. So when it’s time to choose a pair of contact lenses, here are some tips on what questions you should ask yourself first:
What are contact lenses, and why do people wear them?
Contact lenses are a medical device that sits perfectly on the surface of your eye to correct vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. People wear contact lenses for a variety of reasons, including lifestyle (like if you have an active job or hobbies), convenience (for those who don’t want to deal with glasses), or their health may not allow them to use other options. Click here
What are my choices when it comes to contacts?
There are three main types of contact lens out there – soft lenses, gas permeable lenses, and rigid gas permeable lenses. Soft contacts fill up most people’s needs as they provide clear vision while being more comfortable than hard-lens contacts because they bend easily.
How much do contact lenses cost?
Contact lens prices will vary depending on your prescription and type of contact. Soft contacts can range from $30 to $100 per box with a typical annual replacement, while rigid gas permeable lenses start at about $500 (with an additional charge for custom fitting). Gas permeable lenses are costlier than soft ones because they need extra care when handling them.
What is the duty cycle?
Some people wear their contacts all day, and others only use them during certain activities like reading or watching movies. Your “duty cycle” refers to how many hours you wear your contact each day – if you’re wearing it 12 hours a day, that’s considered full-time usage, which means you’ll want to change them as soon as you can to avoid any problems.
How to choose the right type of lens for you?
You need to consider several factors before choosing a pair of lenses, such as:
- The type of work that needs to be done: If you are someone who wears contact lenses all day and is looking for lenses with high oxygen transmission, then silicone hydrogel might be right for you. However, suppose your eyes tend to get dry easily. In that case, it may be better to try daily disposable contacts because they offer higher water content and more lubricating materials than other types (there is an additional charge for these). Daily disposables also have different duty cycles depending on how often they need replacing, ranging from 30 days up to 180 days.
- Your budget: If you wear lenses frequently, then it may be more cost-effective to purchase a monthly or yearly supply. If you have a tight budget and require new contacts only once in a while, then daily disposables are the way to go.
- The fit of your prescription: It’s essential that any type of contact lens fits properly on your eye for maximum comfort and effectiveness so if they don’t feel quite right, make sure you take them back to the store where they were purchased as soon as possible so an optometrist can examine them (sometimes just replacing with another brand will solve this problem).
- Your personal preference: Some people like their lenses clear, while others want tinted sunglasses when wearing their contact lenses. If you want something attractive that makes you stand out from the crowd, consider buying the blue contacts as they are popular among the younger generation.
How can I clean a pair of contact lenses properly before using them again for a second time (just to ensure they’re as fresh)?
Make sure your contacts are kept in a clean, dry environment and that you use fresh contact lens solution every day. The medical-grade water solutions used to store and disinfect contact lenses should be changed once or twice per day with each new pair of contacts. When storing them after wearing, try to keep them moist by placing a few drops of solution on the inside edge of the containers before closing it up – this will create more humidity for when you put them away at night!
You can also use other products to disinfect your lenses on a daily basis, such as hydrogen peroxide or saline solution. Avoid using any kind of soap because it could damage the lenses and make them less effective at doing their job!
Common mistakes to avoid while wearing contact lenses:
- When you first put the contact lens on, make sure to wash your hands with soap and water before touching it. You will also find a handy little device called an eyelid scratcher that will help remove any debris or smudges from the edges of your eyes – this way, you don’t have to touch them at all!
- Whatever type of solution you use for cleaning lenses should be used every day because it’s important to rid your contacts of protein buildup, which can lead to infections and increase chances for eye irritation. This means using fresh solutions daily (or more than once per day if they’re not prescription).
- Try not to wear glasses while wearing contacts as this could cause pressure against the lens, which leads to discomfort and strain on your eye’s nerves.
- If you’re wearing contacts for the first time or if they have been stored away for a long period of time, it’s important to rinse your lenses thoroughly before putting them in.
- If possible, try on different brands in person so that the correct size can be obtained! It’s important to wear glasses over them because it protects your eyes from unnecessary pressure, which leads to discomfort and strain on nerves.
Choosing a pair of contact lenses is a big decision, but it doesn’t have to be so complicated. With some research and by asking yourself the right questions, you can make an informed choice.