Switching from eyeglasses to contact lenses for the first time can be both exciting and intimidating. Aside from enjoying clear vision, you can also be free from the hassles of wearing eyeglasses. But it also comes with a lot of questions – how do you know what type of contact lenses is right for you? How do you wear or remove them? Are they comfortable to wear?
To help you out, we listed down the things that every contact lens beginner should know:
Why are contact lens fittings a must?
Consulting an eye specialist will allow you to discuss your vision and lifestyle requirements – when and where will you wear the contact lenses? Is it for daily wear, special occasions or sports? Your eye specialist will also see if your eyes are healthy and if you are suitable to wear contact lenses. Your eye specialist will then take measurements of your eyes to know the best fit and which type of contact lenses is appropriate for you.
Are all contact lenses the same?
There are different types of contact lenses, and each type needs to be fitted and meet your visual and lifestyle needs. This means you can’t just easily change the type of lens you are using without consulting your eye specialist. You can’t also use another pair or share it with any other contact lens wearer because while they may need only single vision correction, you may require correction for astigmatism.
Are contact lenses comfortable to wear?
Aside from clear vision, these lenses are also easy to use and comfortable to wear. Make sure to work with your eye specialist, so you can get the perfect pair for your eyes. If you feel like there is something wrong or experience discomfort or pain, call or visit your eye specialist immediately.
Is it hard to wear or remove contact lenses?
Before you get your first pair of contact lenses, your eye specialist will teach you and even give you tips on how you can easily put the lens on and take them off properly. They will also show you how to clean and store your contact lenses. While it is going to take some practice, you will get used to it eventually. See our guide on how to wear contact lenses correctly here.
Does wearing contact lenses make me prone to infections or other eye problems?
Wearing contact lenses is safe, especially if they are cared for properly. That is why it is important to follow your directions in wearing, cleaning and storing them. Otherwise, you are more likely to develop eye infections and other eye problems.
Can a contact lens go behind the eye?
No, it can’t. It may be under the upper or lower eyelid but not behind the eye. During your fitting session, your eye specialist can teach you how to locate and gently remove your contact lenses when displaced.
Can I still wear contact lenses even if I have glasses for reading and distance?
Bifocal and multifocal contact lenses are now available, so you can see clearly at various distances. Ask your eye specialist about the different options available, and so they can help you choose the appropriate contact lenses for you.