First Time Contact Lens User? Here’s what you need to know
During the first few days, you’re likely to marvel at small visual details you hadn’t noticed before like dew on grass and tiny streaks of color on leaves. There’s a lot to look forward to, but as with anything new, it can also be intimidating. You value your eyesight more than anything else, which is why contact lenses are ultra-modern medical devices. In order to protect your eyes, you should make good choices for their health and comfort. We’ve compiled a list of five tips to help you get the most out of your new contacts.
You must relax.
There are lots of people nervous about scratching their eyes or getting a contact lens stuck behind their eye while putting their lenses in. Just relax. Although it may seem awkward at first to apply and remove lenses, you shouldn’t be afraid to touch your eye as long as your hands are clean. Plus, your eyelids are connected to your back eye, so there is no way for your lenses to fall into the abyss.
Make sure your lenses are clean.
Don’t take shortcuts with lens cleaning whenever you’re using a monthly/two-week product. Specific instructions will be given to you by your doctor for the lens care regimen selected for you. For instance, if your eye doctor advises that you should use multipurpose solutions every time you take out your contacts, you should rub and rinse them and then put them back into fresh solutions. You shouldn’t just top off the solution that’s already in the case. You should empty out the case completely before putting on your lenses in the morning, rinse it with fresh solution and leave it upside down on a paper towel to air dry. Lens cases should be replaced every three months. Would you like to wake up to a fresh pair of lenses every morning that don’t require cleaning? You can ask your doctor for a daily disposable option instead if that is more comfortable for you. With these lenses, you can throw them away every night and exchange them for fresh pairs each morning, eliminating all cleaning and storage concerns.
Follow your doctor’s recommendations.
Use only the products that are recommended by your eye doctor. Don’t substitute lens care product without checking with your doctor first. The solution you have was chosen specifically for your type of lens, so don’t make assumptions based on broadly-defined packaging labels. It’s also important to keep your appointments. Whatever follow-up schedule your doctor sets, stick to it.
Comply with the prescribed wearing and replacing schedule.
Follow the instructions. Wear your lenses only for the amount of time that your doctor says is safe and replace the lenses according to schedule. You shouldn’t extend the life of your lenses by a week or two. If your contacts are not specifically prescribed for continuous wear, you should never sleep with them.
It takes time to learn anything new. In fact, adjusting to your new life with contact lenses and becoming truly confident may take about a week. It won’t be long before contact lenses become a normal part of your daily routine.