The Ultimate Guide to Buying Your First Contact Lenses

Don’t let the life-changing task of buying contact lenses for the first time intimidate you. Look no further for we’re here to guide you every step of the way. We’ll make sure to include each necessary detail that can help you during the decision process.

Are soft contact lenses right for you?

Even though soft contact lenses are known to be the most comfortable type, they’re surprisingly not for everyone. Allow us to present the following checklist so you’ll know whether soft contacts are best for you or not:

  • Do you need vision correction?
  • Are you living in a heavily polluted area?
  • Are you using public transportation frequently?
  • Do you have access to clean water most of the time?
  • Do you prefer bi-weekly or monthly contact lenses?

If you answered yes to most questions, we have bad news. You should try considering other types of contact lenses.

Most lenses effective for correcting vision are rigid gas permeable (RGP). If your vision problem requires stronger contacts, we don’t recommend softer ones. Although, some manufacturers have managed to develop and produce soft contact lenses for specific eye conditions like astigmatism. Those products for astigmatism are technically called torics.

Another major downside of soft contact lenses is they quickly absorb pollutants. If pollution is rampant in your city and you’re commuting on buses, trains, or other public vehicles during weekdays, your eyes will be safer with rigid contacts. Or, don’t wear lenses at all! Wear glasses while travelling and just use your contacts again when you arrive at your destination–indoors, of course.

However, since you need to wash your hands before putting contacts in your eyes, it’s not advisable to use soft contact lenses if you don’t have access to clean water. But, what about hand sanitizers or rubbing alcohol? Well, those products may contain irritants that can be absorbed by soft contacts. It gets worse if you’re always applying lotion all over your hands.

Now, there’s a reason why most daily disposable contact lenses are soft. Aside from the fact that daily disposables aim for ultimate comfort, however temporary, soft contacts can be easily ripped apart. They’re generally meant for one-time use. You’ll have no choice but to resort to more durable lenses if you prefer weekly or monthly replacement.

Are rigid gas permeable contact lenses right for you?

Here’s the checklist for knowing whether you should use RGP contact lenses or not:

  • Are you in a hurry to finally wear contact lenses?
  • Do you have a low tolerance for mild pain or discomfort?
  • Are you going to wear glasses more often than contacts?
  • Do you have an active lifestyle?
  • Do you prefer low-maintenance contact lenses?

Just like the checklist we’ve created for soft contact lenses, this one tells you to avoid the RGP type if you mostly answered yes.

Rigid contacts can never surpass the level of comfort soft lenses provide. If it’s crucial for you to get used to wearing contact lenses as soon as possible, RGPs aren’t for you. It may take weeks for an average person to tolerate the stiffness of rigid lenses, and that will only happen if he wears them frequently. Weeks may turn into several months if contact lenses aren’t your priority due to your preference for glasses.

More importantly, we strongly recommend not to wear RGP contact lenses when you’re playing sports or doing other dynamic activities. Even a mild impact can easily move the position of a rigid lens because of its smaller size. You might end up adjusting your contacts more often than necessary. Just imagine the hassle, knowing that you should always wash your hands before touching any type of lens.

Despite the low cost of maintaining rigid contact lenses as opposed to buying a box of 30-piece disposables monthly, they will force you to clean and store them every single time you go to sleep (unless they’re designed for 24/7 use). With disposable contacts, you can just throw them away right after using them for the day. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t want the extra steps of disinfecting lenses and refilling the case with solution, skip RGPs and buy soft daily disposables instead.

Other Factors to Consider Before Buying Contact Lenses

There’s more to the decision-making process than merely choosing between soft and rigid contact lenses. Think about the following factors before purchasing your first set of contacts.

Eye Doctor’s Advice

Let’s start with the most essential one. Never skip the part of consulting an optician to examine your eyes and analyze the right fit of contact lenses for you. Aside from fit to ensure comfort, the strength of the contacts should be determined, too. It will literally be a headache if your lenses don’t match the quality of your vision.

Ultraviolet (UV) Protection

If you’re planning to wear soft contact lenses and you’re always outdoors, don’t hesitate to get contacts with a protective layer against the UV rays from the sun. However, since the coverage of the lenses is limited and the sunlight feels deadly sometimes, it’s still important to wear sunglasses despite the high level of UV protection from your contacts.

Hybrid Contact Lenses

Still can’t choose between soft and RGP contact lenses? It’s a good thing hybrid ones exist. A standard hybrid lens is RGP in the middle with a softer material surrounding it like a ring. That design can guarantee vision correction without subjecting the rest of your eyes to stiff material.

The downside? It’s quite rare. You may have to browse physical and online stores for days just to find the right product.

Conclusion

The first thing you should keep in mind before buying contact lenses is to consider the material’s quality. Soft contacts are more comfortable yet less effective at vision correction while rigid gas permeable lenses are the exact opposite. You may choose the hybrid type instead, but you can just consult an eye doctor right away to ensure you’ll make the right decision.

Where to Buy Different Kinds of Soft Contact Lenses

Here at Contact Lenses 4 Us, we have a vast array of soft contacts with different features. If you prefer the monthly type, we recommend Avaira 3 contact lenses. Meanwhile, if you have astigmatism, 1-Day Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism is perfect for you. And, for better-looking eyes, we recommend Acuvue 1-Day Define Natural Shimmer. The best part? They all have UV protection!

What are you waiting for? Order now! We don’t require a prescription AND we ship worldwide.