Getting Contacts

Friday, September 19, 2014


I have had glasses since about 2004/2005 ish. When I was in primary school I wore glasses for a lazy eye, but I didn't wear them after the optician said I didn't have to. By the time I was in secondary school, teachers noticed that I was having difficulty reading the board and even my work. It got to the point my head was on the table to read my work, bad I know. After that, I was told to get my eyes tested, where they found I needed glasses. Back then glasses were just what you had, when I got a bit older I asked about contacts and they told me that I would have to by two sets, which were expensive. So I stayed with my glasses, what I knew.

A few months ago my dad found that his eye shades were the same as mine (rugby eye and football eye) and he asked about contacts, as glasses for him were about £400 per year, not good. He went for monthly contacts as they were cheap and they were going to be easier to wear than glasses. Since my dad got used to them, I have been umming and ahhing whether or not to get them. Well I took the plunge and booked myself in and I thought I would let you know how to get contacts.

My first appointment was actually an eye sight test, as you need to have an up to date sight test to get contacts, that means a test within the last two years. As mine was were last tested about 4 years ago I was in need of a test. Having my eyes tested and everything being all good, I booked my first contact appointment. When you book your contacts appointment, you are told that the appointment could be up to and hour long as you will be required to put your contacts in or out. In my first contact appointment, I had my eyes checked and then measured, with the curvature of my eye measured for contacts. The optician then asked me what kind of contacts I was after whether I wanted daily's, two weekly's or monthly's, I prefer monthly's as they were the cheapest and I knew what I had to do with them as my dad has them. Leaving the room the optician picked up some contacts that she believed would be right for me. She then proceeded to put them into my eye, which I found hard at first but was OK once I found a focus point. I then had my sight checked by reading the letter board and reading it with each eye covered. I found that the letters still seems to be blurred, this meant that the optician had to order me in my perfect fit contacts with a wait. Once ordered she then came to remove the contacts which was a weird feeling and was a little hard to do, but they came out fine.

My second contacts appointment, my official contacts had arrived. A little nervous I headed in to see the optician, she put them in and I could see. No blurred vision and perfect sight it is the strangest feeling. She told me what I could and couldn't do with the contacts such as don't wash them with tap water, don't go swimming with them etc. I then had to see an assistant who helped me take the contacts in and out of my eye. This is great as you can see what you need to do with someone there to help. She gave me a contact lens to feel so I knew what I was feeling for when taking them out. She then showed me how to tell if the contact is inside out, and how to clean the lenses. I then had to put the lenses back it which wasn't too hard, once in the assistant then told me more dos and don'ts of contact lenses. Finally she booked me a new appointment in a weeks time, which is when my free weeks trial ends. Finally she gives me a pot and cleaner to take away to get used to the contacts.

My final appointment is to check that the contacts are fitting fine and that I am happy with them. if there are any quires with them and if there is anything else that can be done to them. I will then have to pay for them, this can be in the form of direct debit (first 3 months first) or one off payment. Direct debit is a much better way to pay for the contacts as this will come out every month and you will also get perks such as free glasses and contacts being ready when you need them every month to your door, so no going down to Specsavers. One off payments are a bit like pay as you go, they cost slightly more and you need to go down to Specsavers to pick up the prescription. This is more of an inconvenience to go to and fro from Specsavers, and you don't get the perks as you would with direct debit. For me I think I will go for Direct Debit as it will be easier for me being at uni.

I hope this helps for anyone thinking about getting contact lenses, to show you that there isn't anything to worry about. I have been telling you how easy I have found them so far and believe it or not I actually have a bit of a phobia of my eyes and eye balls in general. So, if I can do it so can you.

Stay Gorgeous
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