A beginners guide to wearing contact lenses

Thursday, 10 May 2018
A beginners guide to wearing contact lenses

Wearing contact lenses for the first time needn't be a daunting process, so we’ve compiled a list of handy tips to get you started when you’re ready to ditch the glasses and switch to contacts.

Contact lenses offer freedom from glasses, complete versatility and are just as easy to wear, so throw away all of those misconceptions and scare stories and try them out for yourself.

 

Go get your prescription checked

The first thing you need to do if you’re considering wearing contact lenses is go for a proper eye examination from a qualified optician. Contact lens prescriptions and glasses prescriptions are entirely different, therefore, they need two completely different tests.

Once you have your contact lens prescription however, you don’t need to purchase your contact lenses from your optician. You have the right to ask for your prescription and can purchase your contact lenses from anywhere you wish, including online.

 

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Don’t believe the negative myths

There are many misconceptions and negative ideas about contact lenses that are false. Here is a quick rundown of the main ones:

Contact lenses are too expensive – contact lenses are highly affordable at FeelGoodContacts.com, and you won’t find your contact lenses cheaper anywhere else. Our comfi lenses offer fantastic value for money, high visual clarity, and are a comfortable and reliable option.

Contact lenses cause eye infections – bad ‘hand hygiene’ while handling contact lenses is what causes infections. It is important that you wash your hands thoroughly when handling contact lenses, both before inserting and removing them.

My prescription is too difficult to find, I need to have it ordered from my optician – we stock a wide range of prescriptions for all common refractive errors. Those with astigmatism can order toric contact lenses. Those who have presbyopia can order multifocal contact lenses, while we even have a specialised lens - Proclear Multifocal Toric - for those who suffer from both astigmatism and presbyopia.

I have dry eyes, I can’t wear lenses – this too is incorrect. Silicone hydrogel lenses offer the highest level of comfort and breathability and are the best choice for those who suffer from dry eyes. Dailies Total 1 silicone hydrogel contact lenses are some of our best-selling lenses for dry eyes, offering 16 hours of wear and a high water content to ensure hydration and comfort all day.  

 

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Practice makes perfect

You may find it difficult to put in your contact lenses at first, and they may initially feel slightly uncomfortable in your eyes. Like everything, however, applying your lenses comes with practice, and your eyes will eventually adjust to having lenses in them, as you become an expert at applying and removing them

If irritation persists though, consider giving your eyes a break, trying different lenses or seeking advice from your optician.

One of the most common issues for first time contact lenses wearers is trying to apply contact lenses that are sitting the wrong way up. Click here for our handy guide on how to make sure your contact lenses are the right way up.

 

Try out different brands

Different manufacturers use different materials and a variety of different technologies in the making of their lenses, which makes some lenses less suitable for some eyes than others. And, while most people find one brand that works well for them, it may take trying a few different brands before you find what works for you.

Remember to speak with your optician or eye care practitioner before trying out any new contact lenses.

 

Purchase some handy add-ons

If you’re wearing two weekly or monthly contact lenses, you’ll need to store them at night. We recommend our Feel Good Contact Lens Case, which is also available in a triple pack for when you’re ready to replace your case.

For convenience and value for money, we recommend a multi-purpose contact lens solution that will clean, disinfect, rinse and store your lenses all at once. Highly affordable, comfi All-in-One contact lens solution offers an exceptional clean. Alternatively, if you wear rigid gas permeable lenses, we offer an entire range of solutions that cater to this type of lens.

If you suffer from dry eyes, or spend hours looking at a screen all day, you may want to purchase some eye drops. Blink Intensive Tear Vials are convenient, pocket-sized and can be carried around whilst on the go. There’s enough in each vial to treat both eyes, which only require a few drops to soothe them.

 

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Enjoy the freedom!

Contact lenses offer complete freedom from glasses and are far more convenient for those who have an active lifestyle. You won’t have to worry about your lenses slipping off during workouts, or having to endure bad sight simply because you’ve needed to take your glasses off.

Wearing contact lenses also allows you to wear sunglasses when its bright out. And, at FeelGoodContacts.com, you can discover a wide range of designer sunglasses to suit every style and budget.

 

For more information on getting started with contact lenses and overall eye care, check out our handy Eye Care Hub. Here, you’ll find a wealth of information about keeping your eyes healthy and contact lenses in top shape.

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