New to Contact Lenses? Here Are a Few Things to Consider

Many people who need vision correction prefer contact lenses to standard glasses for their improved field of vision and overall convenience. If you’re considering becoming a contact convert, here are a few things you should know. OptiExpress offers comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

If you are one of the 160 million Americans who require vision correction, being fitted for contact lenses for the first time can be simultaneously nerve-wracking and exciting. Both contact lenses and traditional glasses significantly improve vision, many people prefer wearing contact lenses, and for good reason. Once you wear contact lenses, you no longer have to worry about breaking or losing your glasses. You won’t have to worry about which frame shape is flattering to your face. If you are prone to breakouts, you won’t have to worry about the glasses frames rubbing against your skin and triggering flare-ups. There are numerous reasons why contacts are considered a lifestyle improvement.

However, wearing contact lenses doesn’t mean you can now get rid of your glasses forever – there will be occasions where wearing glasses will be necessary, even though contact lenses can correct a broad scope of vision issues.

Your Optometrist Appointment

You can only get properly fitted for contact lenses by an optometrist. All eyes are different sizes and slightly different shapes, and even if your eyeglasses prescription is still accurate, you will still need to be retested, since the contact lens exams differ from standard eye exams.

Contact lenses can correct numerous deficiencies in vision, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia (age-related deterioration of near vision).

During your appointment, discuss your lifestyle goals with your new contact lenses. Will you want to wear them every day, or only for particular occasions, such as when you perform particular work duties, or on special occasions? These factors allow your optometrist to determine which contact lens material will be the best option for you, since different needs require different types of lenses and replacement schedules.

Contact Lens Care

Keeping your contacts sterile and lubricated is essential to maintaining the integrity of the lenses and reducing the likelihood of complications. Again, this is something that must be discussed with your eye care professional, since your lifestyle will dictate the type of lens that is most appropriate. If you don’t believe you’ll be able to clean your lenses every night, disposable lenses may be a better option.

Regardless of which type of contact lenses you decide is right for you, always follow the advice and care guidelines set forth by your eye care professional. If you take fastidious care of your lenses and your ocular health, you’ll be seeing clearly for years to come.

OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington has been Ft. Myers’s leading optometrist for more than two decades. To schedule an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.