How Do I Get Contact Lenses?
If you’re fed up with glasses or have just been diagnosed with the need for vision correction, you may be considering contact lenses. As a convenient and comfortable way to see clearly, contact lenses have become increasingly popular. Before you throw some lenses in your eyes, there are a few steps you need to take for the proper fitting, use, and care of your contact lenses. Here’s what you should do to become a responsible contact lens user.
Make an appointment with your eye doctor.
A contact lens appointment with an eye doctor is different than any other type of appointment. When you call the office, be sure to tell them you’re interested in contact lenses. At your appointment, the eye doctor will perform a thorough exam to confirm your prescription and measure the characteristics of your eyes. Measuring your cornea, pupils, and irises will ensure you receive the proper size of lenses so they’re comfortable and effective. An eye doctor will review your eye health and medical history to ensure contact lenses are the right decision for you.
Find the right contact lenses.
By reviewing your lifestyle, daily habits, responsibilities, and eye measurements, an experienced eye doctor can make a recommendation on the type of lenses right for you. There are soft daily disposable contacts (the healthiest type of contact lens), soft contacts that can be kept for a month if properly cared for, rigid or gas permeable lenses as well as hybrid and scleral lenses for complex prescriptions. Once the contact lens type is determined, the eye doctor can perform an evaluation and fitting in order to provide you with a prescription to fill.
Care for your contact lenses daily.
Contact lenses are a lot more work than glasses. They need to be taken out each night, cleaned, and soaked in disinfecting solution. Some contact lenses also require a weekly intensive wash with special chemicals to clean off any debris. While these cleaning rituals may seem like a lot of work, they’ll keep your eyes comfortable, happy, and healthy. Lenses that aren’t cared for properly can cause infection and irritation of the eyes.
Get annual checkups.
Your prescription or eye size may change overtime, so annual checkups are crucial for contact lens wearers. Your eye doctor will check your eyes for any irritation to ensure the lenses are still fitting properly and being care for correctly. You can request to change the type of contact lenses prescribed if needed at your annual checkup.
If you’ve always wondered about contact lenses, don’t waste another moment in your glasses. Our knowledge optometrist would love to discuss this option for clear vision with you. Take the first step and call Planet Vision Eyecare to schedule an appointment today!