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Purchasing Contact Lenses: Advice from Our Optometrists

For those making their way into the world of contact lenses for the first time, the sheer volume of selection can be daunting. Not only are certain lenses more suitable for different people, there are plenty of maintenance and care procedures that you should be aware of before using them. Our optometrists at West Coast Optical outline some basic things to keep in mind when looking for the right pair of contact lenses below.

Long-Term or Short-Term

Some lenses are designed to be worn for long periods of time whereas others are designed to be disposed of frequently. Talk to our staff and we can help you decide on what kind of lenses are best for you given your lifestyle and what you want out of your product.

UV Protection

Some contact lenses have UV protection included in their lens designs, which is great for those that are outdoors and in the sun on a regular basis. However, you need to keep in mind that the amount of UV protection offered by contact lenses is far less than the protection offered by prescription sunglasses. If you want the highest UV protection possible, sunglasses are probably a better choice for you.

Disposal Dates

After purchasing your lenses, pay careful attention to their disposal dates – wearing them past these dates can lead to eye damage and cause you significant discomfort. The last thing you want to do is damage your eyes and incur more expenses during the process of correcting your vision.


Be prepared to take the time to wash your hands each time you are about the handle your lenses. Even the smallest amount of dirt or bacteria can get stuck in your lenses and cause damages. Never take the risk of handling them with dirty hands – all it takes is one time to lead to problems.

Inside Out

When wearing contacts for the first time, many people get confused with which way to wear them. The best way to check if your lens is not inside out is to place it on your finger tip and hold it up to light – if the top edges look flared out, then the lens is inside out. Some lenses even have writing etched into them, which makes it even easier to check.

Although purchasing the right contact lenses can be tough, our optometrists at West Coast Optical can help you choose the best ones for you. Take the above information into consideration before beginning your search and you’ll surely find something that suits your needs. If you reside in the Surrey, Langley, White Rock or Aldergrove areas and have any questions or concerns regarding contact lenses, give us a call at 604.533.1171.

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