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25 January 2017

What you should know before you switch from glasses to contacts

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by Tristine Brown - 4 Comments
What you should know before you switch from glasses to contacts

Eyeglasses are used to treat various vision problems like hyperopia, myopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia. Today, glasses are still the most convenient and affordable medical eyewear that can help you with your eye disorder. However, wearing glasses each day can be tiresome. In case you want to switch from glasses to contact lenses, there are some things that you might want to consider.

1. Determine if you are really a candidate for contacts

With the advancement of contact lens innovation, there are various options that are available for eye problems. Rigid gas permeable, soft lenses, disposable, and the extended wear lenses are available today. The main question is; will your eyes tolerate it? Though most individuals do not have any problems wearing contact lenses after an adaptation period, people who are susceptible to dry eyes always find it difficult to wear contacts. Make sure that your eyes are checked by a qualified doctor for any issues before switching.

2. Know your work

The place where you work will also determine if you are qualified to wear contact lenses or not. If your work surroundings are always dirty, and even prone to flying dirt, debris, sawdust, smoke, crushed rock, and any other hazards that may enter the eyes, this is not ideal for

contacts.

Debris or dirt that will enter the eyes when wearing contact lenses might cause irritations in case they are not removed, treated, or cleaned. On-site contact removal is not recommended, particularly in dirty surroundings. Severe eye infections will result in blindness.

3. Check your schedule

Longer working hours will interfere with your everyday cleaning & maintenance regimen if you are wearing regular soft, or even rigid lenses. You need to wear your contact lenses for a particular period of time. You will be required to take the contacts off on a regular basis so that you give your eyes a break. In case you fail to adhere to the program prescribed by your optometrist, that might lead to further severe eye problems. If you are working odd hours, it is important to ask your doctor regarding the daily disposables, or a 30-day extended wear contact lenses.

The best source of advice for your switch from glasses to contacts will be your optometrist. But we hope that we were able to help you a little bit before you switch from glasses to contacts.

Tristine Brown

Tristine Brown

Tristine Brown joins Jaribo as our newest contributing editor. She has an academic background in Fine Arts, but don't let fool you – she has a real passion for motors and all things tech. Tristine is based in Chicago with her dog Jasper.

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4 Comments

  1. Melanie Darling says:

    Thinking about using contacts. Been using glasses for 3 years now.

  2. Nancy Williams says:

    I alternate between glasses and contacts. Its good to have both as options.

  3. Peter Georges says:

    Be careful when you start out with contacts. My friend got an eye injury because of them.

  4. Harry Meroni says:

    I can’t do contacts. I tried and it took me 30 minutes to get them on. They’re just not for me.

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