A Newbie’s Guide To Contacts

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When it comes to fashion trends, especially in the world of accessories, it’s become increasingly popular to weave items in to your look that you may never thought of before. While I’m clearly a lover of a good pair of sunglasses, I’ve found it’s sometimes difficult to feel the same way about regular eyewear. You know, as in the frames I have to wear for corrective vision purposes. Sure, people like Stella McCartney are making glasses more fashionable than ever, but throwing prescription lenses in those frames isn’t going to be cheap.

I’m thinking about all of this, I’ve been wondering if it’s time to give contact lenses a go. It’s not like I haven’t thought about doing this in the past, but the transition to something so entirely new and different feels daunting. Still, my curiosity has led me to read up on the subject these past few weeks with the goal of presenting others like myself with what I’m calling ‘a newbie’s guide to contacts’.

Get Your Eyes Examined

First things first: if you’re interested in getting (or at least trying) contact lenses, you’ll need to get your eyes examined. If you don’t already have an optometrist, that’s totally fine because you can find one who’s nearby at Acuvue’s website. You can also find tips, guides and even articles on contacts while you’re there, which will leave you feeling even better about all of this. And once you figure all that out, you’re good to go.

After getting your eyes tested and you have an up-to-date prescription, you will need to take a lens-fitting test that’s super quick and painless. Then you’re finally able to talk to your doctor about getting a trial pair, which will allow you the time you’ll need to get use to putting in and wearing the lenses. While some people apparently can’t stop thinking about the fact something is on their eye, most usually just forget about it after a week or so.

Figuring Out The Right Lens

Just like with eyeglasses, there are a variety of different contact lenses out there. Talking with your doctor will definitely aid in finding out which is the right pair for you, but it also helps to know certain details beforehand.

Like, do you want a pair that you can wear for longer? If so, you’ll want to go with lenses made out of a harder material, which, by the way, can take more time getting use to-up to one week according to the Mayo Clinic. If you’re feeling up for that, go with these. If not, soft lenses will do the job, they also allow your eye to “breathe”easier because of the thinner, water-based material that they’re made out of. Again, your doctor will help you with all of this if you’re feeling confused.

So, What Are The Benefits?

As mentioned earlier, designers are more fashionable pairs of frames than ever, though that also mean you’ll be spending a bit more to meet those trends. But, obviously, an easier way to get round all of that is to ditch the frames for lenses. In doing that, you won’t have to worry about anything beyond, like, making sure you put your contact lenses in before applying your make up. Also, you don’t have to worry about those costly frames getting crushed, lost, etc when you’re out just trying to focus on ‘other’ things. It’s one less thing to worry about! Additionally, um, apparently there are going to be contact lenses that could replace your smartphone in the near future. Interesting.



  1. 23rd January 2014 / 2:13 pm

    I love this post! I have been wearing lenses for 2 years now and struggle to get them in sometimes still. I love wearing them though because it makes wearing sunglasses in the summer so much easier!

    Lovely blog.


    • 23rd July 2014 / 11:55 pm

      Aww, I am scared too. xx

  2. 24th January 2014 / 7:03 am

    This is nice =) Ive been an avid contact wearer for many years so this is def not new to me, but it's really important =D

  3. 24th January 2014 / 12:41 pm

    I work in an Opticians, and the other day one of my colleagues let me try out a contact lens – after a few minutes, I couldn't even tell it was in there! 🙂
    So many people are swapping to lenses now, and some people even buy a clear pair of glasses to wear over the top, because they're so used to wearing them, but can take them off for sports etc, and still see clearly! 🙂
    Lovely post! P.S.. Go to Boots Opticians, you can collect advantage card points on your eye test and any other purchases including glasses and contacts, and give yourself a treat! 🙂

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