No matter where you live in the world, making the switch from glasses to contact lenses is a big step. Maybe you don’t think so right now, but you might feel differently when you try putting those little buggers in your eyes each and every morning. Trust us though, once you get the hang of getting them in, everything else is easy. 

Making the switch to contact lenses in Cape Coral – or anywhere near the ocean for that matter – is an even bigger decision. If you’re a regular swimmer and enjoy splishing and splashing in the salt water, contact lenses can get easily irritated. But even so, there are tons of reasons to ditch the glasses and switch to lenses. Here’s what you need to know before you do. 

There are tons of different lens types to choose from

As we said before, swimming can be a huge irritant for anyone wearing contacts. This is especially true in salt water environments since the salt tends to dry out lenses. But don’t let this deter you from investing in lenses; there are lenses specific to your lifestyle, even if you are an avid swimmer. 

Don’t assume that you’ll walk into the eye doctor’s office and see just one-and-only brand of contacts on the retail shelves. You’ll be shocked to see just how many there are to choose from. You can opt for daily disposable lenses (great for swimmers), 2-week lenses or even lenses that can be worn for an entire month. 

Research your options beforehand

We’ve just mentioned that your options for different types of lenses are basically endless. This means that doing your research before you even make an appointment for your lens fitting is essential. Of course you can ask the doctor about his or her recommendations, but the best way to get an unbiased opinion is to read reviews from fellow contact lens users. 

It would be ideal if medical professionals weren’t biased in any way and only gave their honest opinions, but unfortunately this isn’t often the case. Certain doctors and clinics are paid to promote specific brands, but that doesn’t mean it is the best brand of lenses for you and your lifestyle. 

ALWAYS keep an extra contact case on hand 

And a spare bottle of contact solution doesn’t hurt to have in your purse either. There is nothing worse that needing to take your contacts out but not having the option to do so. Sometimes your eyes are just too dry or tired to deal with them. This is why it is always a good idea to keep a spare contact case and a small bottle of solution in your purse or car. It doesn’t hurt to also have your glasses on hand. 

Limit caking on the makeup when you first start using contact lenses

Maybe you’re used to a heavy makeup look with tons of mascara and eyeliner, but when you first try out your new contacts try to limit this. It might not feel natural for you to wear lenses at first, and tons of eye makeup will only make this feeling worse.