Starting with contact lenses

Starting with contact lenses

Contact lenses are optical devices that have to fit well with the shape of your eyes and have the right power to properly correct your vision. Therefore, always visit an optometrist first if you want to purchase contact lenses.

Below is a step-by-step explanation of in which order you can best handle this:

Step 1: Make an appointment

Make an appointment for an eye test and a lens measurement. Usually, such a combined test is performed by an optometrist. A lens measurement for the first time usually takes a little longer than a normal eye examination.

Step 2: The eye test

Your optometrist examines your vision and the general health of your eyes. They also check whether contact lenses are the right method to correct your vision.

The health of your eyes is often a good indicator of your overall physical health, so your optometrist can often tell if you are furthermore healthy.

Step 3: The lens measurement

The eye measurement shows to what extent your vision needs to be corrected and also the dimensions of your eyes. The lens measurement then examines which lenses suit your eyes the best and whether these stay in place. This way you can be sure that the contact lenses have the right fit to stay on your eyes properly and comfortably. In addition, it is determined whether the lenses have the correct diameter and bulging to optimally improve your vision.

Step 4: Lens fitting

The first time you wear contact lenses, your eyes will have to get used to it. You will, therefore, have to leave the lenses on for at least 10 minutes before you and your optometrist can determine whether they fit well. Often, it is a matter of trying out and you need to fit several pairs of lenses before your optometrist and you are convinced that you have found the perfect pair.

Step 5: Choosing the right type of contact lens

There are different types of contact lenses, each with their own instructions for maintenance and cleaning. Your optometrist can advise you which type of lens best suits your eyes and your lifestyle.

Step 6: Inserting and removing the lenses

You will have mastered the correct way to insert and remove your contact lenses in no time. Your optometrist will show you how it works. They can also give you a short manual on paper, to take home.

Step 7: Maintenance of the lenses

If you have opted for daily lenses, you can simply discard them when you take them off at the end of each day. For multi-day lenses, some more maintenance is required. Your optometrist will show you how to clean and preserve multi-day lenses.

Step 8: Purchase

Usually, your optometrist has the right type of lens for you in stock and you can start with that best.

Once you have found suitable lenses for you, tested them and worn them for some time, you can order your stock of contact lenses at for a longer period of time. This saves you a lot of time and costs.

You can also go to for everything necessary for cleaning your contact lenses and any necessary eye drops.

Step 9: Time to enjoy your contact lenses

Now that you have your contact lenses, it's time to taste the freedom they offer and enjoy the look and life you've always wanted, without those annoying glasses!

Step 10: Remember to regularly make an appointment for a check-up

The power of your eyes can change, so visit your optometrist regularly for periodic checks. This can then determine whether your eyes are still healthy and whether your lenses still have the correct power.

If your contact lenses are no longer comfortable, or you notice that your vision is deteriorating, do not wait for the next periodic check-up, make an appointment with your optometrist as soon as possible.

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