3 Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering Contact Lenses

by Dec 29, 2016

Making a decision about contact lenses can be a tricky one, due to the variety of options that are available. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be difficult!  The reason there is so much variety is to make sure everyone has the best experience possible. Before you commit to getting contact lenses, you may want to ask yourself a few questions that are sure to help simplify the process. 


1. How Often Do You Plan on Wearing Them?

Are you planning on wearing your new contacts every moment you are awake? Do you want to wear glasses some days instead?  Do you want contact lenses that you can wear while you sleep as well? Each of these questions will help you decide between soft or rigid contact lenses. There are many benefits to both types, so knowing when and where you will be wearing them can narrow down your choices dramatically.


2. Hard or Soft Lenses?

Looking at the advantages to each type of lens can also help you to decide which type you want to aim for.  Here is a simple comparison chart:


Hard Contact Lenses

Soft Contact Lenses

  • Do not dry out
  • Keep their shape
  • Very durable
  • Can correct almost any astigmatism
  • Easy to handle
  • Can be bifocal
  • More comfortable to wear
  • Are easier to adjust
  • Easier Oxygen flow to the cornea
  • May help to correct myopia
  • May help to correct age-related changes in vision


3. How Much Time Do You Plan to Spend Caring for Your Lenses?

Some types of contact lenses require much more care than others. If you have the time and patience, you might save yourself some money if you decide to get lenses that require you to maintain them, rather than using disposable lenses every day. There are also lenses available that can be worn all the time, including while you sleep. These only need to be cleaned once a week.

Whatever your needs are, there are plenty of different types of contact lenses to give you exactly what you need. If you are still unsure, speaking with on optometrist or having a comprehensive eye exam might be a good option to find professional advice on what would fit your lifestyle the most.


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