Making the Switch to Contact Lenses

If you are thinking of making the switch from eyeglasses to contact lenses, you should first consult with your optometrist at Target before making it. You and your optometrist will have several factors to consider before a successful switch can be made, if it happens.

Determining Your Suitability

You may be switching to contact lenses for cosmetic reasons (i.e., contact lenses enhance the beauty of your eyes than eyeglasses ever will) or for lifestyle reasons (i.e., actively involved in sports). You want the benefits of better eyesight, in case you have myopia, hyperopia, or presbyopia, without the physical limitations of eyeglasses.

But not everybody is a suitable candidate for contact lenses. Your optometrist will not recommend them if you fall into one of these categories:

  • Work in dirty environments. Contact lenses are highly sensitive to small particles of dust, dirt and debris, not to mention that you have to avoid rubbing your eyes when you have contact lenses on.  
  • Unable to follow directions for proper care and use. Contact lenses require proper care and use day in and day out because of their fragile nature as well as their close contact with one of the most sensitive organs of your body. Your optometrist will always emphasize this point for good measure.
  • Older people. Contact lenses will not work well in older people because of their tendency to have dry eyes. In fact, if you have dry eyes regardless of your age, your optometrist will strongly recommend against them.

The bottom line: Don’t wear contact lenses without the advice of your optometrist since these can increase your risks of worsening vision issues. You may even be causing your eyes injuries or introducing germs into them.

Fitting Your Contact Lenses

While there are one-size-fits all contacts (e.g., novelty contacts), you should ideally have your contact lenses customized to your specific needs in the vision aids. Your optometrist will ensure that each contact lens fits right on your eye’s cornea for best results.

Otherwise, you will have a more difficult time adjusting to your contact lenses, perhaps even avoid using them altogether in favor of your old eyeglasses. You will also have increased risks for infections, eye abrasions, and worsening eyesight with ill-fitted contact lenses.

You and your optometrist will also discuss about the best type of material for your eyes. Your choices are soft lenses, which allows for a brief adjustment period, and hard contact lenses, which may have a longer adjustment period but are commonly prescribed for their durability.

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