Why You Should Never Buy Cheap Contact Lenses

28th Mar 2017

When it comes to something as important as your eyesight, it is better to prioritise quality over cost. Vision correction has only two options: glasses or contact lenses. While glasses are a popular option, plenty of people prefer the convenience and comfort of contact lenses. Contacts are particularly useful for those who enjoy an active lifestyle.

It is possible to buy contacts lenses online without paying a fortune. However, many individuals make the mistake though of thinking that the quality of contact lenses doesn’t make a difference and look at the price tag as a key, if not only, deciding factor. This is not advisable.

Cheap contact lenses are easily available, without a prescription, but are they right for your eyes and are they safe for you? Prescriptions are the sensible choice since only a doctor can truly determine what will work best for you, including checking the shape of your eye to make sure you have the right fit. Good, branded contact lenses take all of these aspects into consideration. The effect of wearing ill-fitting, non-branded and therefore inexpensive contact lenses can actually be quite harmful.

Blurred Vision

One of the most common effects of wearing cheap contact lenses is blurry vision. Contacts are meant to improve vision, but wearing the wrong prescription will most likely cause impairment in a person’s vision. While it will not cause typically damage your vision permanently, most people experience eye strain and headaches.


Quality lenses might cost slightly more but they provide more comfort since they are designed to fit your eyes as needed. A good fit is important since the front of the eye, also known as the cornea, can be differently shaped for many people; an ill-fitting lens can move around, possibly scratching the eye’s surface.

Conversely, if the lens fits too tightly over the cornea, it may not receive sufficient nourishment from the liquid that protectively coats the eye. A tight-fitting lens could effectively reduce or eliminate the existence of tears under the lens, causing irritation and blurry vision. It is equally possible that extended use may eventually lead to a corneal infection. Even just wearing the wrong prescription of contact lens will most likely cause discomfort.

Corneal Ulcers

Corneal ulcers are another possible result of wearing cheap lenses with an incorrect prescription. A corneal ulcer is an infection of the cornea, and will typically cause eye pain, tearing and light sensitivity. If you experience these symptoms, you should immediately stop wearing the contact lenses and visit an eye specialist. Not getting treatment on time could result in permanent scarring of the cornea in a worst case scenario.

The bottom line is that it is far better to have good-quality contact lenses that have been prescribed to suit you, rather than trying to save a few bucks. Investing in quality lenses could save you further medical bills in the long run and a lot of pain. A huge range of branded contact lenses is available online at Lensworld, where you will be asked to put in your updated prescription details to make sure that you are fully protected.

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