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First-Time Contact Lens Wearers: Tips to Get Started

Posted by Eye Specialists of Louisiana on Mon, Jul 30, 2018 @ 02:04 PM

woman in her forties inserting contact lensesThe transition to contact lenses can be a little tricky for first-time wearers. Many are eager to try them and get a clear view of the world without glasses. Still, just like with any change, there is often a degree of anxiety and a learning curve that comes with the transition.

Although many patients are nervous about applying their contact lenses initially, the truth of the matter is that application and removal is safe, easy, and poses little threat of eye injury when the proper steps are followed. And, although the thought of something foreign in the eye is bothersome to some, today’s lens options are comfortable and should provide improved vision without discomfort.  Here are a few simple tips that, when followed, can allow wearers to make the most of their new contact lenses:

How to Prepare for Contact Lenses                                

There are a few simple habits that you must develop to ensure your transition to contact lenses goes smoothly. The first is to make sure that your hands are clean. Wash your hands with soap and water anytime you will be handling your lenses. Doing so will eliminate the threat of bacteria or abrasive substances inadvertently entering your eye.

The next habit is keeping your contact lenses moisturized.  Dry contacts equate to dry and irritated eyes. Many contact wearers place their contacts in fresh solution overnight to ensure that they are clean, moisturized and ready for wear each morning. However, this is not always necessary.  Some brands of contacts can be left in overnight without irritation.  For the best results, it is always wise to follow the manufacturer’s and doctor’s instructions.

Finally, you will need to ensure that your contacts are facing the correct direction each time you put them in.  Place your contact lens on the tip of your finger, and hold it at eye level.  Its shape should resemble a bowl.  However, if you notice that the edges flare out, your lens is inside out and should be corrected before placing it in your eye to ensure proper function and to avoid discomfort.

Habits to Break When Wearing Contact Lenses

In addition to habits you should develop for optimal contact lens wear, there are a few you may need to break as well.  One of the most important is to stop touching or rubbing your eyes. While you may be used to taking off your glasses and rubbing your eyes to give them some relief, this same habit can be problematic when wearing contact lenses.  Not only could you introduce dirt or bacteria into the eye, but you could knock the lens out of place as well.

You should also avoid certain things that make your eyes dry out. Computer screens, dry hot air, and cigarette smoke are all outside sources that can contribute to dryness of the eyes.  Similarly, it will be important to ensure adequate water intake.  If you don’t already drink water throughout the day, now is the time to start.  Not only will you help prevent dry eyes, you will improve your overall health.

Eye Specialists of Louisiana has helped many people make the transition to contact lenses, and our team of specialists are here to answer any questions you may have about making the switch.  Although the change may be a little daunting in the beginning, the benefits of contact lenses can be extraordinary.  Schedule an eye exam today, and ask if contact lenses are right for you!

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