It is generally agreed that contact lenses are the best form of corrective lenses and certainly preferable and superior to glasses as among all the obvious benefits they allow for better vision and are affordable. If you are currently wearing glasses and are considering changing to contact lenses it is beneficial to have some idea of how contact lenses work and what you should do to go about procuring some or yourself.
Contact lenses require a prescription and to obtain one you will need to schedule an appointment with your optician who will carry out the necessary tests and examinations to determine the health of your eyes and based on his findings will be able to prescribe the correct contact lenses for your specific needs. Advice will also be given as to those lenses that are affordable and within your budget.
There are plenty of styles, types and brands to choose from. Because of the uniqueness of an individual's eye you may find that your choice becomes narrower as not all contact lenses will be appropriate for your particular eyes. The best person to consult about prescription contact lenses is your optician who has access to all the relevant information and will help you to decide.
Initially, you should restrict the periods of time that you wear your new lenses. Because of the nature of contact lenses a period of adjustment is required and your eyes need to become accustomed to them. Weaving contact lenses for extended period of time could damage your eyes. Take advice from your optician and follow his recommendations. Normally, just a few hours each day is advised. You can gradually increase the time you wear your contact lenses and your eyes will be allowed to slowly adapt to the new lenses without incurring any problems.
Unlike glasses contact lenses require a certain amount of sensitive care. Always ensure that your hands are scrupulously clean and dry before touching your contact lenses so that any damage to the contacts can be avoided. Every time you insert or remove your contact lenses you will have to follow this principle of hygiene.
A common condition among contact lens users is dry eyes. This situation is perfectly normal and forearmed with that knowledge you will be able to deal with this problem should it occur. The best way to lubricate your eyes when they are dry is to use a little saline solution or eye drops that are specifically created to increase the moisture in your eyes. By using re-wetting eye drops you will provide moisture to your eyes and immediate reply.
Contact lenses require daily care which should always include cleaning and disinfecting. It is also important to remove the protein that has accumulated on the lens which can easily be done with either a multipurpose solution of a disinfecting one. The recommended way to remove protein build up from your contact lenses is to place them in solution overnight. This is a convenient method as you will have completely clean, debris free contacts to wear the next day.
Although conventional glasses do require less care the benefits of contact lenses make them the preferred choice for your optical needs. As long as you follow the recommended care guidelines and exchange them for a new pair as necessary your eyes will remain healthy and free from infections. Contact lenses are certainly beneficial to everyone and are feel quite liberating after wearing glasses. They are easy to use, comfortable and unrestrictive.