Contact Lenses Buying Guide

Contact lenses are one of the most overlooked conveniences these days - millions of us are totally dependent on them! Thanks to these little guys, I can wear sunglasses  without paying for prescription tinted lenses, I can play sports without RecSpecs , I can change the color of my eyes to match my outfit, and best of all, I can live life as if my eyesight is perfect.

As we all know, with convenience comes responsibility. Contacts may be an easy and effective way to correct your vision, but they require special care. If you wear contacts, you already know how important it is to care for them properly; this guide is a compilation of information for people that wear lenses and people thinking about wearing lenses.

Need More Convincing?

Consider these facts:

  • When playing sports  or exercising , lenses won't fall off and break as is the case with glasses .
  • Contact lenses don't fog up when entering a steam filled environment.
  • Easy to use and easy to care for.
  • Unlike glasses, which reduce peripheral vision, contacts allow for a wider field of vision.
  • Soft contacts are comfortable and are easy to adjust to wearing on a daily basis.
  • Contacts can be worn under eyeglasses  to correct severe vision problems that are beyond the strength of eyeglasses alone.
  • Rain does not collect on contacts as it does on eyeglasses.
  • Sunglasses ! Break out the sweet shades again, because sunglasses can return to your wardrobe.

Caring for your Contacts

  1. Always keep right and left lenses separate, especially if you have two different prescriptions. Even if your prescription is the same, it is a good idea to try to keep the lenses separate in case one eye gets infected.
  2. Make sure the contact lenses are not inside out. If it is inside out and goes in your eye, it will not do any damage; it will, however, be quite uncomfortable. Contact lenses are not inside out when they are shaped more like a cup than a bowl. In other words, you will know that the contact lenses are in the proper position when the shape of the lens looks more like half of a circle than a deep soup bowl.
  3. Always wash your hands before touching your contacts or your eyes! Place one contact on the very tip of your index finger. With the index finger and thumb of the other hand, gently pull the bottom lid down and the top lid up. Carefully position the lens on your eye. It is easiest to look up or look down while inserting the contact. Role your eyes in a complete circle to allow the lens to settle in.
  4. To remove the lens, wash hands and pull gently at lower eyelid. Gently pinch the contact with your index finger and thumb while looking up or sideways. Place in storage container with contact solution.
  5. Remember to take out contact lenses before sleeping!
  6. Be careful when applying makeup with contacts. Always put the contact lenses in before applying makeup. Never apply eyeliner between lashes and your eye.

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