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Getting Contact Lenses? Stuff You Should Know!

Updated on January 8, 2010

Are you on the fence when it comes to getting contact lenses? Will they hurt? How much will they cost me? Do I have to take extreme care of them? Let me clear up your assumptions with this comprehensive list.

The List

  • How long does it take to get used to contact lenses? Depending on your lenses, it can take from a couple of days, to maybe two weeks. I use soft, two-week disposable lenses. They took about two days to get used to. Getting used to putting them in was the trickier part.
  • But how is putting them in tricky? Placing contact lenses into your eyes is the hardest part about having contacts. When first getting contact lenses at an eye clinic, you will be seated to learn how and practice putting in your contacts. This took me two separate days of attempts to finally 'get'. The difficulty is found in that your eyes are naturally set-up to resist the entrance of foreign objects. You'll have to train your eyes to not close when placing contacts in them. Plus, making sure you don't drop the contacts accidentally is a bit to get used to, at first.
  • What varieties of contacts are there? I know of only four kinds of contacts: Soft contact lenses (the kind I wear), Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) contact lenses, Daily Disposable contact lenses, and Extended-Wear contact lenses. Contacts also come in a variety of eye colors, should you want to sport an eye color other than your natural color. Soft contact lenses are what's most common amongst the people I know. They're pretty much your standard-issue - put in during the day, take out at night - contact lenses. Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) contact lenses are more comfortable and healthier than Soft contact lenses. They sometimes go by the name of Oxygen-Permeable contact lenses. Th technology behind these is the use of silicone, allowing more oxygen through the contact, thus allowing your eyes to "breathe." Also, don't confuse the title rigid, with hard. These are not the old hard contacts the past generation had. These contacts simply hold their shape better than Soft contact lenses. Daily-Disposable contact lenses are simply that: put them in for the day and throw away at night and Extended-Wear contacts you can put in then take them out after up to a month of constant use. Though there is some debate about eye health when using these, there have been recent technological breakthroughs and data to fight its downsides.
  • Are contact lenses difficult to care for? No. The main procedure for the kind you keep and maintain is simple. When you take them out at night, rinse out the contact case of the contact solution used the previous day (preferably with more contact solution, as tap water has a rare chance of causing eye infection), place the contacts in the contact case, fill the case with contact solution (only enough to completely cover the lense), and close your case back up!
  • Are contacts wearable when partaking in sports? Sure! Just don't assume they will protect your eye, should you get an eye injury during the sport. When it comes to swimming, most don't recommend you have your contacts in. I have personally found though, that you can open your eyes underwater and see clearly, without them washing away. I've even done this at the shore! But I still don't prefer taking the chance, but I'm just saying, you're capable of doing so.
  • How much do contacts cost? After the expenses of an eye exam, the cost of contacts really depends on the kind you get. Colored ones generally cost more. Two batches (one batch per eye) of 8 two-week-disposable lenses cost me $50 every 4 months. Daily disposable lenses cost the most, but are generally safer for your eyes, as you have no buildup of protein from previous wears.
  • Can a contact get lost behind your eye? So many people ask me this! No! They can get lost under the upper part of your eyelid, or around the side. This is a really rare event. The way I fix it is closing my eye and looking around in several directions until the lens eventually slides back onto my pupil.
  • Contact solution? What is that, and what kind do you recommend? Contact solution can be found in big bottles that can usually last over 6 months. It's a cleansing solution to remove protein deposit buildup. Homemade solutions are typically not recommended as they can damage the contact or eye, and may lead to corneal infections.


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      Maya 4 years ago

      What about perscription? does the type of prescription affect the cost ?