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How to Get Contact Lenses for the First Time

Wearing glasses can get annoying for a lot of people. Although it's easy to put them on, there's no hiding the fact you're wearing them. Many people who wear glasses decide to try contact lenses, although some do it sooner than others. However, trying them out for the first time can be a bit frightening. Not everyone immediately takes to the idea of putting something in their eye. It can take a while to get used to them, and even to have the courage to try them.  If you're nervous about trying contact lenses for the first time, use this guide to help you through your journey.

Have a Contact Lens Fitting

First, you'll need to have a contact lens fitting to find the right lenses for you. You might already have a glasses prescription, but you need to visit your optician to get contacts. They will talk to your about your needs and discuss wearing contact lenses with you. They also look at your eyes and might put a test pair of lenses into your eyes to make sure your eyes are suitable. When you have your contacts, they can teach you how to put your them in and take them out. They'll also show you how to take care of them if you use reusable ones.

Choose What Sort of Contacts You Want

Selecting the contact lenses you use should be based on what your requirements are. People wear contact lenses for different reasons and various lengths of time. If you only want to wear them occasionally, daily disposable lenses are probably best for you. You can learn more about the benefits of daily lenses and the different brands available. You can also get two-weekly disposables and monthly disposables. Or you can try extended-wear contacts, which you can wear even when sleeping. If you have astigmatism, you'll need toric lenses, which are a different shape to standard contacts.


Get Used to Wearing Them

It can take a little while to adjust to wearing contact lenses. When you first get them, you will often get a few pairs to test out. The optician might suggest that you wear them for a bit longer each day to help your eyes get used to them. You'll soon start to find them more comfortable. It gets easier to put them in and take them out too, and it can become second nature in no time. When you run out of your lenses, you can order more online and have them delivered.

Go Back for Checkups

It's good practice to have your eyes checked every two years. Many experts recommend that you get a contact lens examination every 12 months. Make sure you plan these appointments so you can keep your prescription up to date. You should also see your optician if your vision is worsening, or if you notice any discomfort or redness when you wear your contacts.

You might be hesitant about getting contact lenses, but once you do, you won't regret it. You don't have to wear them all the time to enjoy using them.


LauraJJ said…
Great information on contacts! Thank you! I really would love to try the extended wear contacts!

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