How to get Contact lenses
Contact lenses are available with opticians who will first give a thorough check up and advice on the type of lenses best suitable.
How to Use Soft contact lenses
Before handling contact lenses, hands must be thoroughly washed, rinsed and dried.
Wash the lens with solution. Hold the lens on the tip of the index finger with the concave side up, and touch it to the cornea. The lens will ‘stick’ to the eye. Blink normal a few times to make sure its in place.
With clean hands, take the index finger and the thumb and lightly sqeeze the outer corners of the lens, the lens will come out easily. After removing, clean them with solution, store them in a lens case. Change the solution in the lens case every day.
RPG Contact lenses come with strict instructions and an Inserter \ Remover.
It is very important that one does not sleep in contact lenses, because they will be harder to remove once you wake up. If you do sleep in contacts, after you wake up, blink rapidly and wait about 10-15 minutes before you remove them.
My Personal experience
I have been wearing glasses from the age of14, and have been wearing contact lenses since I was 17. In the past 5 years I have only lost 2 lenses, and broken 2 lenses (stepped on it !!!!) but these were in the initial years, when lenses were relatively new to me. I used to wear yearly contact lenses (to be worn for 8-10 hours a day)till a few months ago. The yearly lenses cost me Rs. 1500 /- (pair). My optician told me about the harms of protein deposits on the eye, and suggested that I change to monthly disposable ones. Now I wear monthly disposable and find them more comfortable and more hygienic. I currently use Bausch & Lomb Soflens which are to be worn for 12-14 hours a day. The monthly ones are Rs. 200/ month. I have always worn transparent ones because I love my eye colour. And I have never had any kind of infection related to contact lenses. But if I wear it for more hours, then I get dryness and slight redness at night. I find lenses extremely comfortable, once you get used to it, it feels like you aren’t wearing anything at all. I have a pretty high number, and the first time I wore lenses, I was like ‘Its like my eye sight are back!!!’.
Even though there are a lot of myths about contact lenses (they might keep falling out \ can get lost in the eye – both are false), contact lenses are far more comfortable than glasses, give a far better vision than glasses, and are worn by millions in today’s age. There is no reason not to get contacts if you wish. Contacts are best obtained under the supervision of an optician who will teach you to wear and care for them. Contact lenses need slightly more care and responsibility than glasses, but its well worth all the hassle.
Please do share your experience with contact lenses.