Must Know Before trying out/putting on contact lenses

 

Contact lenses are great as they give you a full range vision without hassles of having to push them back in their place or having steam coming on and many other problems that glasses cause, everyone who wears glasses should consider contact lenses, contact lenses can be used to correct a variety of vision problems including Nearsightedness (Myopia), Farsightedness (Hyperopia), Blurred vision (Astigmatism) and other visual problems, but there are some things that you must know before trying out/putting on contact lenses, these are:

Preparation for consultation

You must be prepared before consulting an eye doctor, he will ask you for your prescription, you can acquire it from the optics that you did your last eye test at, it’s also worth to note that make up will get in the way of wearing lenses especially for the first time, so if you’re a female it’s advised not to touch any make up specifically mascara/eye liner/fake eye lashes.

 

How the consultation procedure works

The doctor will do a quick examination check up on your eyes, if your eyes seem suitable for lenses they will let you through to the next step; which is trying the contact lenses on (you will have to wash your hand for this), at first it will be scary and difficult to get the hang of, but trust me on this, you will be surprised when you put them on, it’s not like anything you’d have imagined if you have always wore glasses, after putting it on you they do a quick assessment; ask you how it feels and if there’s any problems,  you will then be asked to repeat the process, they will usually give you a number of tries, at least 10, if you fail don’t worry, they will book you another appointment to re-try, until you master it, it’s really easy once you get it right, I remember it used to take me 20 minutes to put them on, now it takes me less than 10 seconds to get both in if i’m in a hurry.

 

Types of lenses

there are 3 types of lenses, those are:

Daily: (Soft Contact lenses) use them for one day/12 hours, then you can dispose of them, these ones are used if you want to wear your lenses every single day, it’s advised to only wear them for 12 hours, and whenever you want to sleep, you can simply just throw them in the bin, and put new pair the next day, they are very light in weight and hardness, so they are difficult to wear.

Monthly: (Hard Contact Lenses) use them for a month, and then you dispose of the pair of lenses, these pairs of contact lenses are typically taken when a person wants to wear lenses but not exactly every single day, and these are in most occasions cheaper than the daily, the only issue with this is that the more you use it, the faster it will dry up, which understandable, however you also have to take care of it, wash it and rinse it before and after every use, the colored lenses usually come under this type.

Yearly: (Hard Contact Lenses)  for one year use, but of course much more expensive, and high un-recommended because if you lose it or if it tears in a way or another you will have wasted alot of money, it would be cheaper than buying 12 months monthly lenses or 12 months daily supply of lenses, but unless you are organised and have a certain reason for taking a yearly pair or lenses you should stay away from them, it’s also not recommended for new users.

There’s also sleeping lenses and colored lenses but each optics operate differently when it comes to those so I cannot speak for them.

 

Water has negative effect on lenses

if your lenses get wet, that means they will dry up in your eyes and may cause irritation, not only that, the Acanthamoeba bactria is found in water and studies show it will cause severe reactions to your eyes to the extent that you may not be able to wear lenses again, so much sure your hands are dry when taking the lenses in and out while maintaining hygiene, oh yeah, almost forgot

 

Hygiene

Hygiene is extremely important when it comes to wearing contact lenses, because technically you are putting an object into your eyes (which are extremely sensitive organs) and keeping it there for 12 hours or so, which is the perfect opportunity for many bacteria’s and harmful organisms, some will cause blindness and serious issues and problems, hygiene is extremely important, you are also required to use hygienic handwash and let it stay in your hand for awhile to let it kill all the harmful bacteria before you attempt to put them in your eyes or take them out, in addition to this, cheap soaps or soaps in general are not recommended.

 

Sleeping with lenses

You mustn’t sleep with the contact lenses, if the lenses dry up in your eyes while asleep and your move-about, it can tear into your retina and cause problems, unless of course they are the sleeping lenses, generally though, when people accidentally sleep with their lenses on, they wake up fine, if you ever do make this mistake, make sure to drop couple of contact lenses solution into your eyes to moisturize; the what would be an extremely dry area before you pull the lenses out, they would have gathered some eye substances on it so make sure to clean it and rinse it well.

 

Lenses case care

You must make sure your lenses case are clean and hygienic as they are storing your lenses, don’t put the case somewhere filthy or accessible to children and/or pets, and wash the case every now and then with water and contact lens solution, it is highly recommended that you do not use a case for more than 3 months.

 

There’s also things that you will probably do out of laziness which will double, triple, or even quadruple your chances of an eye infection, these are:

– Using water or your own saliva instead of solution if it’s not available.

– Recycling your contact lenses solution instead of throwing it away and pour new solution everytime.

– Count  the amount of days you use your lenses instead of the days since opening (e.g. using a 30 day pair of lenses once every month for 30 months).

– Your eyes sting, hurt or your vision is blurry, but you still keep the lenses on anyway.

– Putting your contact lenses on after putting on your make up.

– Using waterproof make up when wearing contact lenses.

 

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