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Switching from Glasses to Contact Lenses? Here's What You Should Know...

Updated on May 7, 2015

So, you want to make the switch from wearing glasses to contact lenses…

Here are some things that you’ll definitely need to know when making your decision. I’m included some of my own personal experiences with both kinds of eye wear, as well as some general tips and things to remember.

My Personal Experience

I myself am a proud bespectacled individual, and started wearing glasses when I was eight years old. However in February 2011, I decided I wanted to try using contact lenses instead. I went to my optician and she gave me a trial pair with my prescribed strength and gave me some tips for wearing and using contacts.

More than a year later, I can say I’m still happy that I’m using them. I like being able to have a choice of eyewear. I tend to wear my contacts during the day (not every day, depending on how I’m feeling and what my schedule looks like) and when I get home, I switch out for my glasses. I also tend to wear them during busy days, when travelling or when I’m watching television or reading shortly before bed.


You'll still need your glasses...

Some people make the switch without realizing that even though you wear contact lenses, you’d still need a pair of regular glasses as well. Most contacts wearers tend to wear them during the day, then opt for wearing spectacles at night or when they’re relaxing.

Also, if you travel a lot, or are constantly in air conditioned spaces, you might find that spectacles are the better choice for these situations. Your eye tends to dry out a bit in these conditions, and you might feel a slight discomfort if you’re wearing contacts.

Contacts don't last forever

Honestly, before I started wearing contacts, I didn’t know much about them. I thought that a pair would last forever. They don’t!

The type of contact lenses that I use can be changed monthly, and that is if I wear them every day. Since I don’t, I am able to stretch the usage to roughly every one and a half months before changing them.

There are also some contacts that are made for daily use – that is, after wearing them for one day, you replace them.

Replacements for contact lenses are easy to get, however I find it best to buy a few months’ supply at a time – that way you don’t have to be blindly rushing to the optician when you run out!

Responsibilities while using Contacts

Contact lenses, like most things in life, come with responsibilities. However they are very simple procedures, and your optician will be sure to tell you about them.

  • Always have contact solution available when using contacts. This is what you use to clean and store the contacts in, so that they don’t dry out. NEVER use water to clean your contacts!
  • ALWAYS change your contact lenses when it’s due! If you continue to wear ‘old’ contacts, you run the risk of getting an eye infection, or even soreness.
  • NEVER mix up your contact lenses! This can lead to possible infections. Most contact lenses cases have a large ‘L’ or a heart symbol for the pocket to keep the left eye contact in, and an ‘R’ for the right eye contact. My optician says it’s best to have a routine or sequence when putting them in – always put in the left one first. It’ll eventually become a habit.

Contacts are not for everyone

Sadly, not everyone can wear contacts. Some people find them irritating or downright painful, and others simply don’t want to bother with the responsibilities.

Be sure to talk with your optician. This is definitely the best person to talk to when making a decision about what eyewear you want to use. Tell them the reasons why you want to wear contact lenses, and also ask any questions that you may have about contacts.

I hope this article was helpful to you for making your decision. Contact lenses are very easy to use, but of course you should be well informed before jumping into wearing them.

Good luck!

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      marcus morgan 2 years ago

      I have had glasses my whole life and I have been wanting to switch over to contact lenses. I am a little nervous about the change because I hate putting things in my eyes. I didn't know that I had to keep ordering new ones I thought you just had the same pair like glasses.

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      Lynsey Harte 4 years ago from Glasgow

      I tried contacts once, and they didn't give me as good vision as my glasses do! I wore them on nights out, and couldn't see my friends when I went looking for them! Plus, after wearing glasses for so long, I look silly without them!