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3 tips for choosing the right contact lenses

happy woman with tablet pc and headphones at homeIf you’ve recently received a refractive error diagnosis and are ready to order contact lenses, there are a few factors to consider before going all in on your purchase. The right contact lens choice depends on your budget, diagnosis and cleaning habits among other factors.

The type of contact lenses you choose is unique to your situation because everyone handles their diagnosis and tolerance for wearing contact lenses differently. We’re here to help you through the diagnosis process and make choosing the right contact lenses a breeze. Follow these tips:

1. Understand the length of wear

Before you purchase contact lenses, you’ll want to establish your preferred length of wearing them. If you have less sensitive eyes, consider wearing weekly or monthly contact lenses. When you purchase reusable contact lenses, you’ll need to store them in a clean contact lens case filled with disinfecting contact solution. Be sure to replace these lenses as soon as they expire because they are prone to bacteria build-up and wear out.

Daily disposable lenses are available for those who don’t want to worry about the cleaning and maintenance that goes into contact lenses. Although this is a more expensive option, you can easily toss these contact lenses out at the end of the day and grab a new pair in the morning.

2. Choose soft or rigid contact lenses

Most individuals who use contact lenses for the first time opt for soft contact lenses due to the comfort and increased airflow to the eye. Soft contact lenses are made of materials like flexible hydrogel or silicone hydrogel compared to stiff plastic like polymethyl methacrylate in rigid contact lenses.

However, rigid contact lenses are proven to be gas permeable, reduce bacteria buildup and provide sharper vision than soft lenses. If you’re a Veteran in the eyecare space, this is the perfect option.

3. Are you wanting to change your eye color?

Colored contact lenses are popular for aesthetic purposes because they can enhance or completely change your eye color. Since these contact lenses are a bit thicker than usual, they may not be suitable for everyday use.

If you do use them on special occasions, they are a great fit for Halloween costumes and other theatrical events.

At Utah Eye Centers, we’re committed to providing the quality eye care you need by offering general, retina, pediatrics, cosmetic and refractive care. Visit our website or call 801-476-0494 to learn more.