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Are you thinking about getting contact lenses?

There are many reasons people decide to wear contacts, including convenience, improvements in vision, and a desired change in appearance. Glasses are great, and you can certainly wear both, just not at the same time, of course!

The vast majority of people who wear contacts also have a backup pair of glasses, which offers options and lets you choose which to wear depending on what you’re doing, where you’re going, what mood you’re in, what look you’re going for, and so much more.

Whether it’s your first time ever wearing contact lenses, or you are switching from one type of contacts to another, here are questions to ask before you start to wear your new contacts.

How Long Can I Wear Them Before I Need To Take Them Out?

If you’ve never  worn contacts, your optometrist will provide you with a schedule that specifies how long you can wear them before you should remove them. At first, your duration will likely be shorter to help your eyes adjust to this new experience. As time goes on, you can extend how long you can wear your contacts before they need to be taken out, cleaned, and soaked in a solution.

It’s important that you understand whether you’re getting day wear or extended wear contacts. How long you can keep them in will vary greatly depending on the type you get. Day wear and extended wear contact lenses are made from different materials; the extended wear ones are more breathable, enabling oxygen to reach your eye’s surface even with extended use.

Will These Contacts Address All My Eye Conditions?

Everybody has different eyes! You may be nearsighted or farsighted. You may have astigmatism. Will the contacts being prescribed to you correct your specific eye conditions? Ask this very important question, and learn how, exactly, your contacts will correct each condition to help you see better.

What If I Want To Change My Eye Color?

You’ve probably heard that contact lenses can come in different hues, although they also come in clear material that will not alter your eye color. If you do want a change, talk to your optometrist, who will recommend the right brands and contact lens type for you.

You are welcome to use contacts for cosmetic reasons, but the primary function of these lenses is to improve your vision. You can do both (see better AND change your eye color), but be sure to share your wishes with your optometrist to make sure you get a prescription that will help you achieve both.

Do I Need To Wear Sunglasses Outdoors?

This is a very important question. When you get contact lenses, your optometrist here in Colorado Springs will instruct you regarding sunglasses use. Be sure to follow these instructions and ask any questions you may have about when to wear sunglasses.

There are two primary reasons for wearing them. First, they protect your eyes against the sun’s UV rays. And second, sunglasses protect your eyes against wind, which is a common weather event here in Colorado!

Can You Teach Me How To Care For My Contacts?

As with everything, your new contact lenses will need to be cared for properly for a number of reasons. The better care you take of them, the longer they will last you. What’s more, it’s important to use the proper methods and solutions for cleaning your contacts because they need to be sterilized in between uses to avoid eye infections. The staff at your optometrist’s office will be happy to show you how to care for your contact lenses.

What Type Of Contacts Are You Prescribing For Me?

Contact lenses come in a wide range of types. These are just some of the kinds your optometrist may recommend for you:

  • Daily Wear
  • Extended Wear
  • Soft Disposables
  • Gas Permeables
  • Toric
  • Bifocal
  • Multifocal
  • Tinted

Find out what type of contact lenses are being prescribed for you, and why. Learn what benefits these specific contacts will bring you.

Can I Switch Between Contact Lenses And Glasses?

For most people, the answer is yes. However, know your limits. If switching back and forth too much leads to headaches or eye strain, you may need to come up with a routine that works better for you.

For example, what works well for many people is wearing contact lenses at work, at school, or while out and about throughout the day, and then switching to prescription glasses at home at the end of the day. Other people choose to wear contact lenses almost exclusively. Talk with your optometrist to learn your options and figure out what might be best for you.

For More Info, Contact Your Optometrist In Colorado Springs

We’re here to answer all of your questions regarding wearing contact lenses or prescription glasses. Serving Colorado Springs and beyond, including Gleneagle, Monument, and Flying Horse, we believe in quality products to correct our patients’ vision and help them see clearly!

If it’s been a while since your last eye exam, or if you’re ready to try contact lenses or change what you currently have for a different type, get in touch with us.

Our eye care center offers the following for your convenience:

  • Convenient back-to-back appointments for parents and their children
  • Comprehensive eye exams that screen for a range of eye conditions
  • Solutions for eye allergies and dry eye symptoms
  • Assistance with pediatric vision problems
  • Treatment and referrals for age-related eye conditions

For top-quality eye care and a large selection of eyewear designs to choose from, make your appointment with Spectrum Eye Care in Colorado Springs. Contact us today!

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