Poke yourself in the eye. Contact lenses are eyewear placed directly on the surface of the eye. They serve the same sight-correcting purpose as glasses, but are lightweight and virtually invisible, don’t steam up, don’t get wet and are more comfortable while working out or having fun, which is why 125 million people worldwide are putting their fingers in their eyes every day.
The first step to get contacts is to have a specific eye exam to determine if they are right for your eyes and your prescription. The contact lens eye exam includes more tests than a regular one, an internal and external examination of your eyes and a glaucoma test. Once you’ve had your test, you'll explore all the choices and brands available. When the right lens has been found (a couple of different tries might be necessary), the eye practitioner will explain everything about inserting the lenses, removing and caring for them with the right products.
The whole process definitely takes some time and practice, as you’ll need to overcome the natural instinct against letting anything in your eye but once you do you’ll see that contacts aren’t so scary after all.
There are many types of contacts on the market which cater to different prescriptions and lifestyles:
If you are nearsighted, farsighted, need bifocals, or have astigmatism you are likely eligible for contacts and it is only a matter of personal preference between contacts and glasses. Some allergies, certain work activities, diabetes, dry eyes or persistent infections of the eye may prevent you from using contacts. The specialist visit is a must-do before even trying contacts out.
Invisible when inserted, contacts are tinted with a light blue UV coating that reduces glare and makes them more visible when immersed in cleansing solutions. You should never forget to wash and rinse the hands with a fragrance and moisturizer-free soap before using contacts, but not with an antibacterial one - you’d risk damaging the healthy bacteria that live in your eye.