General information about the use of contact lenses

General Info on Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are small, ultra-thin optical lens worn directly on the cornea of the eye to correct vision defects. They replace the need for conventional eye-wear by correcting problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or presbyopia. They are even known simply as ‘contacts’ and are used for corrective, cosmetic and therapeutic reasons. But these lenses need require to be protected by contact lens cases.

Contact lenses are lightweight and virtually invisible; they can be hard, soft, semi-rigid or even disposable. Most contact lenses are soft, or "hydrophilic", meaning they are made of water and it is this feature that keeps them soft. Soft contact lenses are extremely thin and are manufactured from materials that allow oxygen to pass through them and reach the eye surface. Read more on Top Reasons to get contact lenses

Many commercial lenses are tinted a faint blue to make them more visible when immersed in cleaning and storage solutions. Cosmetic coloured lenses are deliberately colored for altering the appearance of the eye.

Almost anyone can wear contact lenses. Most people start wearing them in their early teens. People choose to wear contact lenses for various reasons.. Many consider their appearance to be more attractive with contact lenses than with glasses. They are also very suited to people indulging in various sporting activities.

The steps you need to ensure before getting contact lenses

  1. Check to see whether you have a health insurance plan that covers vision coverage and what benefits you are provided for contact lenses.
  2. Consider the pros and cons of different types of contact lens sellers which could be in the form of your eye doctor, opticians, mass merchandisers and online retailers.
  3. Compare prices – Ask about the different prices, call or visit several optical stores for price quotes and ask what discounts are available.

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