You take the time to worry about your heart and your lungs, so why wouldn't you think about your eye health? If you are like most people, it might be because you don't know that much about how to take care of your eyes. Fortunately, I have been working with other people to teach them about eye health for the past twenty years. My father lost his eyesight because of a few bad decisions, and I don't want to see other people go down that path. Read here to learn why you should exercise, eat right, and see your eye doctor regularly.
Prescription eyeglasses help many people see in a more clear and concise way. However, wearing glasses can be difficult and uncomfortable at times. If you are struggling with your glasses, contacts may be the right option for your needs. Unfortunately, the overwhelming options available for contact lenses can make choosing the right type challenging. With this guide, you can choose the right contact lenses for your vision needs.
Soft Versus Hard
Choosing between soft versus hard contact lenses will be an important decision. Each option does offer its own pros and cons, so knowing the differences is smart.
Soft lenses are more comfortable because they drape over the eye, reducing any feeling or discomfort when blinking. The softer lenses have less risk of falling out or shifting while they are on the eye as well.
There are a few downsides to wearing soft lenses. Because they are softer, there is a greater risk of damaging or tearing the lens. Many people experience more dryness in the eye while wearing the soft lenses, too, since less oxygen can get to the cornea.
Rigid gas-permeable lenses are harder and more durable, but they can be uncomfortable at times. However, these contacts are known to correct vision in a clearer manner, which is beneficial to some people.
Daily, Weekly, or Monthly
No matter which option you choose, soft or hard lenses are not meant to last forever. Even with proper cleaning and handling, dirt, dust, and bacteria will build up on the lenses. This buildup will increase your risk of infections; therefore, you will need to replace them periodically. You will have the option of buying lenses that should be replaced either daily, weekly, or even monthly.
Daily contacts are ideal because you do not have to worry about cleaning them. At the end of the day, you can just place them in the trash and choose new lenses in the morning.
If you are worried about waste, you can choose weekly or monthly contact lenses. These lenses are more eco-friendly, but they will require more cleaning to ensure your eyes are clean and free of bacteria and infections.
In-Store or Online
Finally, you need to decide where you will purchase your new contact lenses. There are benefits to buying in-store and online.
When you order from a brick and mortar store or your actual optometrist's office, you will be able to try on the lenses. Your optometrist can also help adjust the lenses and their fit when necessary.
Ordering online is usually a more affordable option. It can also help you order on a designated schedule, ensuring you always have new lenses and cleaning supplies. If this seems like a good option for you, continue reading more.