Tips for new contact lens wearers

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Wearing contact lenses requires patience and attention, as it takes time to learn and adapt to them. So, if you want to wear contact lenses like a pro, Don't worry, though! With a few simple tips and some practice, you'll be a contact lens pro in no time. Here's a guide to get you started on the right foot:

Mastering the Basics:

  1. Wash Like a Pro: This might seem obvious, but it can't be stressed enough. Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before handling your lenses. This rinses away any dirt, oils, or bacteria that could irritate your eyes or cause infection. Use lint-free towels to dry your hands completely to avoid transferring any fuzz to your lenses.
  2. Solution Savvy: There are different solutions for different lens types (soft, rigid gas permeable) and cleaning needs (daily, weekly, monthly). Make sure you're using the solution recommended by your eye doctor for your specific lenses. Never use water or saliva to clean your lenses! Water can harbor bacteria and won't remove protein buildup, and saliva can dry out your lenses.
  3. The Insertion Dance: Here's where a little practice comes in handy. Start by identifying which lens is for which eye (some lenses have slight markings to indicate this). Place the lens on the tip of your index finger and hold your eyelids open with your other hand. Gently look upwards and place the lens on your eye. Release your eyelids slowly and blink a few times to center the lens.
  4. The Removal Routine: Wash your hands again! Gently pull down your lower eyelid with your middle finger. Look upwards and use your index finger to gently nudge the lens down to the white part of your eye. Pinch the lens between your thumb and forefinger and remove it. Be careful not to bend or fold the lens.
  5. Cleaning Counts: Just like your toothbrush, your contact lens case needs regular cleaning and replacement (usually every 3 months). Empty the old solution daily and rinse the case with fresh solution. Let it air dry completely before storing your lenses. Clean your lenses according to the instructions on your solution bottle, usually by gently rubbing them with the solution in the palm of your hand.

Beyond the Basics:

  1. Give Your Eyes a Break: While wearing your lenses all day might be tempting, take them out and wear your glasses for a few hours each day, especially before bed. This allows your eyes to breathe and reduces the risk of infection.
  2. Schedule Regular Eye Exams: Don't skip your annual eye exams! These checkups ensure your prescription is up-to-date and your eyes are healthy for continued contact lens wear.
  3. Don't Be a Germaphobe, But Be Smart: While contact lenses offer freedom, they can be susceptible to contamination. Avoid touching your eyes throughout the day unless your hands are clean. Avoid applying eye makeup while wearing your lenses, and replace any expired eye makeup regularly.
  4. Listen to Your Eyes: If you experience any discomfort, redness, or irritation, remove your lenses and consult your eye doctor right away. Don't try to tough it out!
  5. Not All Lenses Are Created Equal: There are different types of contact lenses available, from daily disposables to extended-wear lenses. Talk to your eye doctor about which type is best for your lifestyle and eye health.

Ready to try daily disposable contact lenses?

If you're ready to make the switch to daily disposable contact lenses, be sure to talk to your eye doctor. They can help you choose the right lenses for your eyes and lifestyle.

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FAQs 

Can I sleep in my contact lenses? 

Generally, no. Sleeping in your lenses increases your risk of infection.

What if I lose a lens? 

Don't panic! Most eye doctors recommend keeping a spare pair on hand.

Can I travel with contact lenses? 

Absolutely! Pack solution, a travel case, and a backup pair of lenses.

How often should I replace my case? 

Most experts recommend every 3 months.

What if my eyes feel dry while wearing lenses? 

Artificial tears can help. Talk to your doctor about brands suitable for contact lens wearers.

Is it normal to see some blurriness when I first start wearing lenses? 

Yes, especially if you're new to glasses or a new prescription. Your eyes need time to adjust. If the blurriness doesn't improve within a few days, consult your eye doctor. 

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