Contact lenses are an essential part of many people’s daily routine. They are comfortable, practical and a confidence booster for some.

Contact lenses have its pros and cons that you should consider. We definitely recommend them if you are a busy, sporty or outdoor kind of person. Bonus points, you avoid the hassle of having to coordinate your outfit with your glasses in the morning.

However, it is important to know that before purchasing any type of contact lenses online (be it soft, monthlies, dailies) you should have a Contact Lens fitting appointment with an optometrist to determine your individual suitability for contact lenses. They can cause discomfort and even damage the health of your eye if they are not properly fitted.

Also, take note that the contact lenses prescription might differ from your glasses prescription. Optometrists will always make sure that you wear the right type of contact lenses and give you some tips on how to take care of them and get the most out of your contact lenses.

We know that in other European countries anyone can go to their local opticians and get contact lenses right away without having this Contact Lens exam. In the UK though, health regulations are much stricter and require it before making any contact lens purchase.

It is rare that any serious complications arise from wearing contact lenses. However, it is highly recommended to book a Contact Lens Aftercare appointment every year. This differs from a normal eye exam. Whether you wear them just once a week or everyday, the short and long term effects of wearing contact lenses should always be checked. The factors involved include the specific material, how well the contact lens fits on the eye and how it interacts with the cornea, the eyelids and the tears.

When we say we highly recommend you to have this contact lens check done after a year, we really mean it. The wrong material or type of contact lenses can cause dry eyes, irritability, headaches… and in the worst cases, a severe infection.

One of the worst eye infections that you can get is Acanthamoeba keratitis, a bacterial infection very common in the UK, usually found among contact lens wearers that aren’t cautious enough with their lens hygiene.

So, to avoid the worst, really have a think before you next purchase contact lenses online without having a check up… Your eye health really does matter.

Valeria Martinez

Fashion Executive for the Eye Establishment

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