Making the switch from glasses to contact lenses can be a big deal, no matter how old you are. When you decide to purchase contact lenses, though, there are some things you should remember to make sure you make the right decision for your needs. Keep reading for three things to keep in mind when purchasing contact lenses.

1. There Is More Than One Type Of Contact Lenses

Contact lenses can be divided into two main types. The two main types are soft contact lenses and gas permeable contact lenses. Soft contact lenses are more flexible, comfortable, and easy to wear. They stay in place very well and are ideal for those who are active. Within the soft contact lenses family there are several other sub-types, including single use, daily wear, and extended wear contacts. Gas permeable contact lenses are a little more simple, as they do not have the same sub-types that soft contact lenses do. They also allow more oxygen to get to the cornea, making them less likely to cause irritation. You can also purchase hybrid contact lenses, which have a gas permeable center but are surrounded by a soft lens. With hybrid lenses, you get the best of both worlds.

2.  Consider Purchasing Contact Lenses Directly From Your Eye Doctor

You'll need to have a proper eye examination before you order your contact lenses. Since you are already at the eye doctor, it is convenient to purchase your contact lenses directly from them. There are many other benefits that come with purchasing from the eye doctor besides convenience. Some of those benefits include

  • You know immediately if the lenses are in stock.
  • There are no handling or shipping charges
  • Immediate service. In an emergency, your eye doctor often can supply your lenses immediately, with no waiting or fees for expedited shipping.
  • Free lens cases and solutions. 
  • Easy exchanges. 

3. Know The Risks Associated With Colored Lenses

Some people don't need contact lenses to improve their vision, they just want to try out a different eye color. There is nothing wrong with this, but people's eyes have been negatively affected because they did not make proper purchasing choices. In the United States, it is illegal to sell contact lenses without a prescription. Even if they don't do anything to your vision, all contact lenses are considered medical devices, and should be used with care. You can still experience life with a different eye color; an eye doctor just has to properly fit you for the perfect lenses.

When you start looking to purchase contact lenses, keep the three things listed above in mind, and you'll be seeing better in no time. For more information, talk to a professional like Robert A. Marini, OD.