4 Things to Consider Before Committing to Contact Lenses

As a youngster, I was determined to live up to the rebel nerd I thought I was. This meant long hours staying up playing Pokemon on my GameBoy Advanced and late nights hiding under the covers reading with a flashlight after lights out. Of course, I too experience the consequences of being a rebel nerd – sh*tty eyes. While my family lived day to day, my parents agreed to contact lenses as a birthday treat. We wrote a great Contact Lenses Comparison to help you find the perfect brand / pair of contact lenses for different type of eyes but before considering contact lenses — whether they are a new change or if you’re transitioning from one type to another — there are some important ground rules:image

1. Your optometrist is your best source of information.

Whether contact lenses are right for you depends on your, well, eyes. After routine examinations, your doctor will have the best recommendations regarding your contact lens needs. However, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do your research beforehand — ask questions and let her know what sounds appealing to you. You have a say in your treatment!

2. Contact lenses are foreign objects that can easily irritate and carry harmful bacteria into the eyes.

Contact lenses might not be the best fit if you have difficulty remembering to take out your contacts or you have a history of eye infections. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t use contact lenses. You might just need to consider different lenses (daily lenses versus two week lenses).

3. Not all eyes are the same.

This is a no-brainer, but the contact lenses you need will depend upon your eyes themselves. Astigmatism and dry eye are common reasons to consider certain brands over others. This where those eye examinations are Necessary.

4. You’re not saying goodbye to your glasses.

You can keep your glasses to wear on lazy days, or you can only wear your contact lenses only on days you want to be more active. You can’t really say goodbye to your glasses — they’re a necessary backup when you run out, lose them, or your eyes need a break. I don’t recommend going about your day with blurry vision.

Once you’ve considered things with contact lenses, you are ready for the next step: finding the perfect type of contact lenses for your eye type.

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Author: Katherine Bleth

Katherine is from Atlanta but currently lives in the much colder city of Minneapolis. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Katherine spends her time watching movies, obsessing over when George R.R. Martin will release his next book, organizing her lipstick collection, and pretending she knows what she’s doing.

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    Pete
    August 1, 2016 at 12:47 am

    What actually happens if you sleep with them in? What about naps?

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      Katherine Bleth
      August 3, 2016 at 5:12 am

      The problem is that contacts are foreign objects inserted into your eyes, so they limit the oxygen intake to the cornea as well as exist as a breeding ground for all sorts of bad bacteria. Will you go blind if you sleep in them for a night or for a nap? No, but it’s important to take care of your eyes as much as you can because contacts can cause serious longterm damage. If you start to get tired, switch immediately to your glasses so that you’re ready to go when it’s nap time. Same goes for bedtime. Ideally, take them out after 12 hours. And always have a some eyedrops ready when you’re wearing them for a long time – Blink tears are the best, as my optometrist said they are the only drops you can use with your contacts in. I hope this helps!

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