Summary: Contact lenses can be hard to shop for. But, with a little preparation beforehand, you can get a headstart.
Finding the right pair of contact lenses can be a difficult task, especially when you’re new to contacts. Here are some tips to help you get started.
Visit Your Eye Doctor
Obviously the most important part of the process, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor for a check-up. He or she will run a series of tests to ensure that your eyes are healthy enough for contact lenses. It’s important to ask your eye doctor any questions that you might have about contact lenses as he or she will give you a breakdown on what to do and any other notable tips that could help you out in the long run.
Obtain a Prescription
After your visit to the eye doctor, you’ll be given a prescription. Depending on the health of your eyes you may be able to get fitted for contacts. If your doctor already gave you a pair of test lenses to wear, you need to understand that they have a shelf life. This means that they can’t be worn forever. You’ll eventually need to purchase new lenses from either a retailer or an online store like Lens.com for example. Depending on your prescription and the shape of your eye, a prescription is vital to obtaining new contact lenses.
Be sure to consult with your eye doctor about the type of contact lenses you are interested in. Both hard and soft contact lenses, whether they’re contacts online or sold by a retailer have their pros and cons so you need to be sure that the one you are interested in is suitable for your eyes.