A Beginner's Guide to Wearing Contacts

Are you thinking of wearing contact lenses? From how much do contacts cost to how to wear them, you may have a lot of questions about being a first-time contact wearer. Contact lenses are a great option for those who need a break from wearing eyeglasses or have corrective surgery.

At Pearle Vision, our eye care experts are here to answer all your questions or concerns about contact lenses. From “how much are contacts”, to “what are the different types to choose from”, to “what to expect when wearing them”, we’re here to help.

How Much Do Contacts Cost?

One of the biggest questions you might have is the price of wearing contact lenses. How much do contacts cost? The average cost of contact lenses will range depending on the brand, type, and your insurance coverage. Call your local eyecare center for pricing. Compare the different types of contact lenses to choose from below.

Types of Contact Lenses

      1. Disposable Contacts

      Soft, disposable contacts are commonly used among contact wearers and are the most affordable option. They should be taken out each night, disinfected, and reused for the recommended amount of time, then disposed. Depending on the brand you choose, how long you can use a pair of contacts will vary from a day to a month. How much are disposable contacts? Disposable contact lenses can vary in price and go up as the refractive error or specialty needs increase. The most expensive lenses are bifocal or multifocal lenses, those needed for astigmatism, presbyopia, and contacts for reading (farsightedness). If you have insurance, your policy may help offset some of the cost.

      2. Colored Contact Lenses

      Colored contact lenses are often used by people wanting to change their eye color and can cost significantly more than regular, disposable contacts. If you plan to wear them daily, you can purchase prescription-colored contacts to correct a refraction error, such as myopia or astigmatism. Colored contacts for light eyes should have an enhancement tint that defines the edges of your iris and deepens your natural color for a more realistic look. Hazel or opaque colored contact lenses for dark eyes are best if going for a natural enhancement. If you’re looking for where to buy colored contact lenses, you can find them at retail stores or online.

      3. Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Contacts

      Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) contacts designed for long-term and extended use (approved for daily wear up to a year) will typically cost more than disposable contacts. RGP contacts are hard contact lenses made of silicone-containing material that allow oxygen to pass through the lens material to the eye, allowing it to “breathe” better. In most cases, these type of contact lenses must be ordered custom-made for each individual patient. How much are these contacts without insurance? You’ll want to call your eyecare center to confirm as pricing may vary. However, if you do use your insurance, you may receive a reduced out-of-pocket expense, depending on your coverage.

Wearing Contacts

A commonly asked question is, “how long does it take to adjust to contacts?” Like anything new, getting used to wearing contact lenses may take some time. Adjusting could take a few days or weeks, depending on the person. Many contact wearers find soft or disposable contact lenses easy to adjust to after a few days, while RGP contacts have a longer adjustment period–typically around two weeks. However, some people may never find these types of contacts to be comfortable, in which case soft contacts may be the better option.

When wearing contact lenses, make sure to follow best practices for putting them in and taking them out. Moreover, avoid sleeping with contacts as it can increase your chances of getting an eye infection. While there are extended wear contact lenses safe to sleep in, wearing them for too long can still put you at risk for eye irritation and infections. Protect your eyes by sticking to a routine with your contacts every day and night. It’s also important to dispose of your contacts as recommended (daily, monthly, etc.) to avoid eye irritation or infections.

How to Get Contact Lenses

If you’ve decided on wearing contacts, your next question might be, “how to get contact lenses?” The first step is to get a comprehensive eye exam and let your eye doctor know you’re interested in getting your eyes fitted for contact lenses. At Pearle Vision, our eye doctors will review your eye health history and check your vision. Additionally, your eyes will be tested to ensure your contact lenses fit you comfortably and accurately. Your eye doctor can also show you how to put in your contact lenses and how to care for them. After the exam, you’ll receive a prescription to purchase the correct type of contact lenses. Make sure to schedule a contact lens fitting or eye exam every year to ensure your prescription is up to date.

Ready for contacts? Schedule an appointment at your neighborhood Pearle Vision.

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