When you make the switch to contact lenses, you will feel free and feel better about how you look. Wearing contact lenses can, however, cause a little stress for some, especially those who are new to wearing them. When it comes to wearing contact lenses, maintenance and time frames can be confusing for some. It can be a bit frightening for you, but also exciting at the same time.
Tip 1: Don’t stress
Switching to contacts can cause a bit of anxiety for some. You worry about scratching them or getting them stuck in your eyes. Don’t worry, you are not alone. Many first-time contact wearers have the same types of questions. You have nothing to worry about—your contacts won’t get stuck and you can always order new ones. You will feel better and all your worries will go away once you have gotten in the habit of cleaning and inserting your contacts.
The biggest thing you have to worry about is making sure your contact lenses are either in your eyes or in a cleaning solution. Storing your contacts in a cleaning solution keeps them sanitized and comfortable to wear.
Tip 2: Learn how to insert your contacts
When you first start wearing contact lenses, this is the most challenging part—it can be a bit awkward too. Learning how to insert them is the biggest step to being a confident contact lens wearer. So, how do you do it?
Using one hand, pull your upper eyelid up with either your pointer or middle finger and your lower eyelid down with your thumb—this will keep you from blinking. Looking upward, because you don’t want to be looking directly at the lens as you insert it, move the lens toward your eye. Gently place the lens on your eye. Then, as you let go of your eyelids, the contact will settle into place. Repeat this same process with the other eye.
Tip 3: Learn how to clean your lenses
It is very important to properly clean your contact lenses. Contaminants such as bacteria getting into your eyes are something you should worry about. However, you can lower your chance of this happening by cleaning your contacts.
There are 2 ways to clean your lenses:
- Contact solution is formulated to disinfect and keep your lenses hydrated. When you are not wearing your lenses, they should be stored in this solution.
- Saline solution is a rinse made of saltwater that you use to remove build up before inserting them. You never want to store your contacts in the saline solution because it is not formulated to disinfect your lenses.
Tip 4: Keep your lenses hydrated
The best way you can make sure your contact lenses are comfortable to wear is to keep them moist. Your eyes will get irritated and the lenses can scratch them if you do not keep them hydrated.
Watching television, staring at a computer screen for long periods of time, or any other activity that causes you to strain your eyes or use them more than usual can cause your eyes to dry out as well. It is important to always have some contact solution and eye drops on hand so that you can rehydrate your eyes if needed.
Tip 5: Follow your doctor’s recommendations
This article may have motivated you to go out and buy some contact solution, saline, and eye drops, but don’t buy anything until you have talked to your optometrist. You want to make sure you get exactly what you need because some contacts need different products. Don’t necessarily go by the labels on the products because those are there for marketing purposes. Your doctor will be able to tell you which product is best your particular lenses. Your doctor can also give you a list of solutions and products for your lenses, just ask.
Tip 6: Follow the schedules recommended on your prescription
Always follow the prescription to make sure your contacts work properly. Do not wear your lenses for longer periods than your doctor recommends and don’t sleep with them in. There are lenses like HD2O that are designed for monthly continuous wear!
Do not push the time schedule recommended for your contacts. Always replace them at the prescribed time. If you try to push this, you are risking damage to your eyes.
Tip 7: Self-check
You can check your lenses by asking yourself the following questions every day:
- Do my contacts feel good? Does anything feel unusual? You can usually tell if something is wrong and you need to remove your contacts. If something is off, remove them.
- Do my eyes look ok? Use a mirror to examine your contacts and eyes. If your eyes are red or something looks off, remove your contacts.
- How is my vision? Contacts are supposed to improve your vision. If your vision is blurry or isn’t corrected like usual, that means something may be wrong.
Tip 8: How to handle a problem
If you noticed a problem during your daily self-check, follow these recommendations:
- Dry eyes or irritation: Even though you are keeping them hydrated, your eyes feel dry or irritated, which could be the result of a few things. You may have gotten something in your eye, your contacts may not fit right, or there could be a problem with your eyes. Try cleaning your contacts and reinserting them. If this doesn’t help, consult your doctor for help.
- Contacts are overly visible: You can see your contacts if you look closely in a mirror. However, they are usually only visible if you are close up. If, when you look in the mirror, they are obviously there, they may not be inserted correctly. Try to insert them again to align them correctly.
When you are getting contacts for the first time, keep these tips in mind
If you want to get rid of your glasses, contact lenses are a great option; however, they are not without issues like eye irritation and dry lenses. Do not worry too much and follow these tips so that you become more comfortable wearing your new contacts.