Are you thinking about trading your old glasses in for eye contacts? The idea may be a good one, but there are a few things to consider before making a final decision. Following are just three important considerations you should be making.
1. Care and Maintenance
When deciding whether or not contact lenses are right for you, it is important to consider the care and maintenance that will be necessary as time goes on. Wearing contact lenses isn't the same as glasses, where you can just wake up and put them on for the day. You'll need to take special care when it comes to cleaning your lenses and making sure that they don't transfer an infection to your eyes when they're put in.
Contact lenses can also break, so it's important to carefully inspect them before putting them in. And you will also likely have to replace your contact lenses on a regular basis. So, it is worth considering whether the commitment of taking care of new contact lenses will actually be worth it to you in the end.
2. Choosing the Right Type
There are multiple types of contact lenses available on the market, many of which your doctor may suggest depending on your specific needs and expectations. You can expect to choose from the following options:
Hard Lenses – Easy to handle and durable but can be uncomfortable during long-term wear.
Soft Lenses – Comfortable and easy to adjust but wear down more quickly than hard lenses.
Disposable Lenses – Reduces the risk of infection and allergic reactions but need to be continually replaced.
Ask your doctor to provide you with a complete list of care and maintenance instructions for all the different types of contact lenses they suggest for you before making a final decision about which you want to wear for the foreseeable future.
3. Committing to Check-ups
It is also a good idea to discuss how your doctor will care for you and your new contact lenses as time goes on. Make sure you know how often you'll have to go in for a check-up based on the type of contact lenses you would be wearing. Find out what kinds of eye tests you'll be given in the coming months, and how your doctor will determine whether you need a new prescription for your contact lenses if your eyesight changes over time. This will help you decide which contact lenses would be a good option for you both now and in the future.