Can anyone wear contact lenses?
Most people will be suitable for contact lenses for one purpose or another. You just need to explore the idea! Contact lenses can correct short-sightedness, long-sightedness, astigmatism and even presbyopia (people who may be using bifocals or varifocals glasses). Some people with corneal problems at the front of the eyes, e.g. keratoconus, also benefit from specialist contact lenses.
Is it easy to wear contact lenses?
Initially, your eye care practitioner will show you how to apply contact lenses to the eye and how to remove them. Many people think this will be too difficult for them, but it really does get easy with practice.
Which type of contact lenses are available?
Gas permeable contact lenses are long-lasting lenses. They may be old-school, but we at peoplespupils.com are very keen on gas permeable contact lenses! Soft lenses have stricter wearing times. They come in different versions: you have to replace them daily, fortnightly or monthly. (Some soft contact lenses do last longer but are seldom used nowadays). NEVER exceed the manufacturer’s recommendation and your eye care practitioner’s advice regarding the wearing times and schedules.
Does wearing contact lenses hurt?
Gas permeable contact lenses can initially be a little uncomfortable but the eyes begin to tolerate them well after a few days. Soft contact lenses, which are by far worn most commonly, are usually very comfortable right from the start.
What do I do if my contact lenses feel uncomfortable?
If your contact lenses feel uncomfortable, visit your eye care practitioner to see if changing the contact lens type will improve comfort.
Where do I get contact lenses from?
If you’ve never tried contact lenses, you may be missing out! Ask your eye care practitioner for a contact lens trial. Go on, treat yourself to a whole new world!
Never use tap water to moisturise a contact lens; use saline. And never exceed your contact lens wearing schedule. Remember, your eyes are different to your friends, so don’t follow the advice they may have been given. Get your own professional advice tailored to your eyes!