A Beginner’s Guide To Contact Lenses

beginners guide contact lensesContact lenses offer far more freedom and versatility than glasses.

In recent years, there have been significant advances in contact lens technology, which mean that there is a contact lens out there to suit almost everybody.

Have you been thinking about trying contacts but don’t know where to start?

Well here is our beginner’s guide to contact lenses to help you on your way:

Where To Start?


Before you start wearing contact lenses, you need to book a specialised contact lens fitting with your local optician. This is different to a regular eye test, so even if you have had your vision tested recently, you’ll still need a full contact lens appointment.

An optician will test your eyesight and write you the correct contact lens prescription, before advising you on the best type of contact lens for you. They’ll also help you with fitting your lenses, and advise you on how to care for them.

Types Of Contact Lenses


It’s important that you wear the correct contact lenses for your vision needs. They must fit your eyes correctly and they’ll need to address any medical or vision problems like astigmatism, near-sightedness or dry eyes.

There are two main types of contact lenses commonly used today – soft and rigid gas permeable. Soft lenses are soft and pliable and are the most commonly used.

But the new Silicone Hydrogel lenses have been a major breakthrough in rigid lenses, as they allow more oxygen into the eyes. This means that rigid contact lens wearers no longer have to worry about dry eyes.

Buying Contacts


Most opticians stock a full range of contact lenses for all prescriptions or requirements. Here at Pritchard-Cowburn we offer the latest innovation in daily disposables – DAILIES TOTAL1®. These contact lenses are the first water gradient contact lenses featuring an increase from 33% to over 80% water content from core to surface.

Find out more about our contact lenses here.

 Looking After Them


It is very important that you look after both your eyes and contact lenses. Make sure that, when you are putting lenses in or taking them out, your hands are clean and grit-free. Any bacteria or dirt on your hands can make its way into your eyes and cause nasty infections.

Always use specialised contact lens solution to clean your lenses. If you are using monthly lenses, be sure to store them in solution overnight and when you are not using them.

For more information, or to book a contact lens fitting, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Or take that first step towards a glasses-free life and come and see us in one of our branches – Pembroke Dock, Cardigan or Narberth.