I love wearing glasses. Really, I do. I’ve been wearing them every day since I was seven years old…which means I’ve been wearing them for nearly 6,000 days in a row, which is actually really strange to calculate but that’s not the point.
The point is that as much as I love glasses and as much as I see them as a part of my persona, I’ve been seriously considering getting contacts lenses to wear every now and then. I tried it once in high school and, honestly, I really hated it. But now that I’m slightly less stubborn, I think it’s time that I give it another shot.
But before I or anyone else considers switching to contacts sporadically, part-time or even full-time, here are eight things you need to know.
You Can't Just Use Your Typical Glasses PrescriptionYou have to go through a whole new round of examinations if you want contact lens. Not only do you need to make sure your prescription is still accurate, you need to also make sure that the lenses you order will fit properly on your pupil. Source: Shutterstock
Only Order A Limited Amount On Your First GoWhy? Well, what if the contacts you selected really irritate your eyes? What if you want to try a more hydrating lens? What if you don't want to really use them at all? Don't get stuck with a ton of contact lens you're not going to use. Start small and experiment. Source: Shutterstock
Know Which Kind You WantThere are soft lenses, hard lenses, extended wear lenses and even one-day lenses. Ask your optometrist about the pros and cons of the different types of contacts lenses before making a sound decision. Source: Shutterstock
Don't Neglect The Health And SafetyThis is so important! You don't want to subject your eyes to gross, unsanitary conditions, right? Ouch, the thought alone makes my eyes water. Make sure you're using the lens solution properly and make sure you're putting the lens for your right eye in the right eye pod of your case; same with the left. Remember, each eye has a different prescription. Source: Daria/MTV
You Might Be Allergic!If you're severely allergic to dust, even the smallest amount of dust landing in your contact lens solution can cause serious irritation if you wear the same pair of contacts for an extended period. You might need daily lenses instead. Source: Shutterstock
Eye Drops Will Become Your BFFChances are you've witnessed your parents or your friends complaining about itchy eyes with their contacts. Chances are they don't have eye drops on them or they're too stubborn to use them. Keep some on hand if you start wearing contact lenses. Seriously, keeping your eyes hydrated will be the difference between wanting to wear them and giving up on them early in the game. Source: Shutterstock
If Things Don't Improve, See Your DocThe material of the contacts you're using might not be right for you. Or maybe the prescription is a bit off. Either way, let your optometrist know so that you aren't walking around blind as a bat. Source: Shutterstock
You Don't Have To Abandon Your GlassesI don't know about you, but I have a strong sense of loyalty to my glasses and sometime I think that wearing contacts would hurt their feelings...as if they're a person with feelings! Well, they're not and they won't feel sad if you give them some time off a few days a week. They'll always be there when you need them or when you want to rock a glasses look for the day! Source: Shutterstock
Are you thinking about getting contacts? Do you already wear them and have other useful suggestions? Let us know in the comments!